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Gladys Porter Zoo

500 Ringgold St., Brownsville, TX 78520
956-546-7187
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Ranked #1 of 11 attractions in Brownsville
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We have visited many Zoos in the United States and Canada, and I have to say we enjoyed Gladys Porter. We visited in 2013, 2012 while wintering in Texas. It was really very well laid out, animals appeared to be well nourished, and their environmental background was pretty good. We were able to go behind the scenes and visit the... More

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Brownsville, Texas
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Amazing small Zoo! Beautiful grounds. They are well known for successfully breeding a lot of their rare animals.

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Brownsville
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

It is yet another place to bring your kids once they get bored of the beach at South Padre Island. Nice play ground too.

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BROWNSVILLE
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is one of the most enjoyabale, family oriented places where you can actually interact with the WILD life.

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

My family and I came down for a weekend in Nuevo Progreso but ended up spending a day at the zoo. GP Zoo was really nice and had an abundance of animals. I've been to the San Antonio and Houston zoo and I can say I was very surprised by the quality of the zoo. I believe this is one... More

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Clovis, New Mexico
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This is a wonderful zoo. Very pretty zoo-lots of green and shade. Animals seem very well taken care of and there were several very cute babies! Staff was extremely friendly and helpful; especially in the stingray exhibit. We were told that the zoo was almost to the point of closing until their last fundraiser. It would be a shame for... More

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Brandon,Manitoba Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Gladys Porter Zoo is one of the best laid out zoos I've visited. A larger zoo takes a long time to maneuver and animals are hard to find and see but at Gladys you can see close up to all the animals and learn about them in a straight forward easy to read format. Loved reading the unusual facts about... More

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Kentucky
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Impressive collection of animals. The habitats are very clean & the animals are well-fleshed & appear well cared for & content. The zoo is beautifully landscaped. My favorite exhibit is the aviary. You can enter it & view the colorful tropical birds close up. The restrooms are very clean and are at regular intervals as are the refreshment stands. Definitely... More

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

This place is wonderful. They have remodeled so much. It looks amazing. I only wish there was elephants. The lion exhibit does needs a little work though. It seems too small. Out of all the zoos I have been to rhis zoo has the most Tigers. They have a petting zoo and a place for the kids to play and... More

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Buffalo, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

It was a real cold day and we had the zoo to ourselves. The exhibits are wonderful. No bars and the animals are easy to see. The aquarium is a fun way to spend some time and for us stay inside and stay warm. The zoo was very easy to navigate. They have an excellent animal collection.

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