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Gladys Porter Zoo

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Address: 500 Ringgold St., Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone Number: 956-546-7187
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Activities: Hiking
Description: Known to be one of the best zoos in the United States, open every day of...
Known to be one of the best zoos in the United States, open every day of the year.
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The Zoo was very Interesting

The Zoo was very Interesting - great place to stop and walk around. Animals are easy to see and very interesting.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 26, 2015
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Virginia
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Virginia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
12 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

The Zoo was very Interesting - great place to stop and walk around. Animals are easy to see and very interesting.

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Manhattan, Kansas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

We had heard great things about this zoo since living in the Valley almost 40 years ago, but didn't get around to visiting it until recently. A nice variety of animals, but at twice the price of better zoos we have visited. Very much in need of real maintenance, not just band aids.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015 via mobile

It is 25 minutes to close and the ONLY snack store open inside the zoo had the most unfriendly employee. My wonderful experience was ruined by one lady employee who gave me an attitude when I ran back to re-purchase something from them. It's closed!! ...so, if you are ready to get treated with an attitude visit this place. And... More 

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McAllen, Texas
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I havent been to the zoo since I was in high school and it was very enjoyable to walk around the zoo for 3 hours. My wife and I were surprised at how fast time the time had gone. We enjoyed how the young gorillas goof around with some of the adults, it was hilarious!

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New Braunfels, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This has got to be one of the best zoo's I ever visited and we didnt get to see the whole thing in 2 hours! Amazing ...must see. The gorillas were awesome, white tiger was beautiful and just everything was great

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Brownsville, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

There is a wide variety of species of animals to observe at the zoo. They have just recently added a brand new aquarium which features a sting ray touch pool. They also added a few years back a playground with a splash area, so make sure you take an extra change of clothes for your little ones. My children look... More 

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Brownsville, Texas
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97 reviews 97 reviews
7 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Gladys Porter Zoo is an excellent zoo and sure to be a good time for all ages. It was one of the first zoos to display animals in mini-habitats that try to replicate a little bit of how they live in the wild. The large semi-open aviary is truly excellent. A local resaca (oxbow lake to the uninitiated) winds it's... More 

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We were there for an evening silent auction for an excellent cause. I was impressed with the aquarium and the reptile center which was kept open for us. The rest was closed to us for the evening. This zoo is very involved with conservation of endangered species. Some animals you not find in any other zoo across the world. The... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

This is a fairly small, cozy zoo. It's an older place and looks a bit dated, even a bit rundown, but it's a very pleasant place to walk about and look at the animals. Lots of water and vegetation, we were there on a very warm day, but because of the layout, we hardly noticed the heat. Lots of winding,... More 

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San Antonio
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59 reviews 59 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

First time visiting this zoo. Liked the layout. Gave appearance of natural habitat for animals. Many interesting species and good explanation at each area.

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