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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
Type: Zoos
Activities: Hiking
Traveler Description: Gladys Porter Zoo is one of the best small zoos in the country. Beautifully landscaped habitats make it like taking a walk in the park; a wild and... more »
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

We decided to make the trip from SPI to Brownsville to visit the zoo as I'd heard so many positive things about it. The best thing about this zoo for us were the great apes. We were excited to see the Oran gutans, chimps and gorillas, all of which are not found in our local zoo. The animals were lively... More

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El Paso, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This zoo is definitely worth visiting! It wasn't too crowed and the weather was prefect. The orangutans are so cute and friendly, especially the baby. Try to go a little early because I was not able to see the whole zoo. We got there at 3 and lost track of time, they close at 5. The reason I didn't give... More

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Houston
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

My family and I love this zoo! The animals seem happier and more active in this zoo than other zoos. Just a great zoo overall, I would highly recommend it.

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Houston, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

My husband and I had time to kill before our flight back home and decided to take in the zoo. We are very glad we did. You can go through it in a couple of hours. It is very nicely landscaped with trees and small ponds and a stream running through it. It has excellent exhibits of gorillas, chimpanzees, and... More

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This zoo is small in comparison to others we have visited. Small or not it was very nice. The exhibits were clean and the animals looked very healthy. The place is well shaded with plenty of sitting areas. We didn't buy food but the gift shop was reasonably priced. My only complaint was that the rhinoceros pin was hidden a... More

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Love this zoo. Great cat exhibits-lions, tigers, oci-cats. Got to feed giraffes. too. Animals are in good condition and everything is very clean and inviting. Loved the birds exhitbit, too.

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South Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We have been to the Gladys Porter Zoo the past two years during June and both times it has been enjoyable. There is a nice array of animals and if you arrive at 9 a.m.,when the zoo opens, you have a chance to see many of the animals roaming in their exhibit area. When you first arrive the first thing... More

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Davie, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

There are a wide variety of animals for being a relatively small zoo. For a nominal fee, you can go into an air conditioned dinosaur exhibit. This is a nice place to go to if you are vacationing in nearby South Padre Island.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We took our 4 & 5 Year old last summer and made a day out of it. I suggest you get there early so its not as hot. There is a small area for kids to get wet but I would think saving this for last is best, They do sell small things around the zoo as you walk like... More

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brownsville, tx
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I have been to this zoo many times. Its a great attraction for all ages. I personally prefer to go about 1 hour before closing time, because it's hot!! They do not kick you out, so you can walk around for a few hours without being in the scorching valley heat. The only downside is that by then the only... More

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