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Gladys Porter Zoo

500 Ringgold St., Brownsville, TX 78520
956-546-7187
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Ranked #1 of 12 Attractions in Brownsville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Hiking
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Owner description: Known to be one of the best zoos in the United States, open every day of the year.

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San Antonio
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59 reviews 59 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

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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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

Loved the zoo mostly because the animals are in as natural a habitat as can be.Lots of shade also for the visitors as you stroll down the pathways as it is nice and cool.It is beautiful and we thoroughly enjoyed it and will return.Diane at the gift shop was very nice and also a female supervisor that we met on... More

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Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

The zoo is not very big but it has a lot to show. There are a lot of animals in unique surroundings. The aquarium is fun, especially touching the sting rays and the reptile area is one of the most unique I've seen. Some of the animals have babies and its a great thing to see them with the adults.... More

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Brownsville, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

AwesomeTime! Hadn't gone In YearS But Its Worth Now Even Better With The Aquarium. Definitely Recommend.

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Plano, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Despite it's relatively small size, about 30 acres, this zoo offers a lot. The winding nature of the trails make the zoo seem much larger and offer great views of the many animals. They have apes, rhinos, giraffes, bears, crocodiles (and an entire reptile center), many types of birds, monkeys, seals and many more. The zoo supports many conservation programs... More

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Austin, Texas
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The collection of apes (gorillas, chimpanzees & orangutans) is awesome. We spent couple hours here and thoroughly enjoyed it. A singing monkey, baby orangutan and a talking white parrot made our day. The collection of reptiles is also great. Butterfly garden is really a shame (and they charge extra money for it). Somehow, I felt that the zoo could use... More

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

My family and I had just visited this zoo and had a great time. The gorilla exhibit was amazing and well so was pretty much all the other exhibits too!! I can't wait til our next visit

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

What a pleasure it is to walk this zoo. I've seen the best zoos in the world and imo this could be one of them. Some of the exhibits are dated but you can see they are changing things around to a more modern view. The zoo wraps and wanders around so much you think you are lost. That's the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

The zoo has been better. I feel that more attention needs to be to the animals. Will probably return again

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We have our family membership. My kids enjoy going their. The new aquarium is really nice. The petting zoo is also very nice.

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