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“Beautiful day, nice zoo!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Dallas Zoo

Dallas Zoo
650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, TX 75203
+1 469-554-7500
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Ranked #22 of 115 Attractions in Dallas
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The largest zoological experience in Texas, the 106-acre Dallas Zoo offers fun, educational and entertaining experiences for the whole family. The Zoo's mission is to inspire a passion for nature and conserve wildlife, and guests can see a number of endangered species and learn about a variety of conservation projects the Dallas Zoo supports. Opened in 2010, our award-winning Giants of the Savanna habitat is internationally known. The savanna features elephants, ostrich, zebras, impalas, giraffes, and guineafowl, often mingling together. The Dallas Zoo is home to a herd of five female elephants and 11 giraffes, which guests can feed by hand. Guests will see the fastest land mammal on Earth, the cheetah, as well as African lions who often spend their days sleeping just inches away from the viewing wall inside the Serengeti Grill restaurant. The Wilds of Africa area features rare animals such as gorillas, chimpanzees and okapi. Guests will enjoy getting eye-to-eye with African penguins as they swim effortlessly underwater. Highlights of the ZooNorth section include the Lacerte Family Children's Zoo, a top-rated reptile and amphibian complex featuring albino alligators, and the Koala Walkabout, featuring the only koalas in Texas, red kangaroo, wallabies, and a lorikeet feeding area for up-close adventures. For alternative transportation to the Dallas Zoo, consider the DART Red Line, which delivers guests to the Zoo's front entrance.
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“Beautiful day, nice zoo!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

It was Spring Break, but later in the day and not overly crowded. Animals were out and moving around and seemingly healthy. There's a monorail which lasts 20 minutes for a few bucks and is kinda neat! It's a big zoo! We enjoyed our 2 hours!

Visited March 2013
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Sean G, Vice President Guest Experiences at Dallas Zoo, responded to this review, April 10, 2013
Thank you for the nice comments. We had more than 14,000 visitors on several Spring Break days this year so we are glad you had a pleasant experience. The Monorail Safari is very unique and enables guests to see certain animals that are only visible from the ride. From an animal health perspective, the Zoo recently opened a new Animal Nutrition Center to help ensure that all 2,000 animals at the Dallas Zoo get the best care and nutrition. We look forward to your next visit.
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“A nice day out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

We visited the Dallas zoo for a wonderful day. We bought the extra tickets so we could ride the monorail around the zoo and the carousel. We watched a bird show and there was alot of activity with the audience. There's a lot of things to see so take a full day to enjoy the whole zoo.

Visited March 2013
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Sean G, Vice President Guest Experiences at Dallas Zoo, responded to this review, April 10, 2013
Thank you for the great comments and five star review. It sounds like you made the most of your Zoo experience, and it can take nearly a full day to explore everything. The SOAR bird show provides 2-3 programs 5 days a week (Wednesday-Sunday) during the season. Free-flight birds glide through our amphitheater, sometimes just inches over the audience. It's a very fun and safe way to experience wildlife up close, along with our brand new Wild Encounters stage in the Wilds of Africa section of the Zoo. We look forward to your next visit.
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“Nice zoo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

I went to this zoo ages ago when my kids were small and hated it. It has improved greatly. The enclosures are much more natural and laid out well. Loved the giraffes.

Visited March 2013
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Sean G, Vice President Guest Experiences at Dallas Zoo, responded to this review, April 10, 2013
Thank you for the nice comments. We hope you will return to see the continuing changes and improvements. The giraffe feeding area continues to be one of the highlights of a Dallas Zoo visit, and we have more than a dozen giraffe throughout the African savanna. We look forward to your next visit.
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“Nice zoo, not the best”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

The Dallas zoo has had some work done and is nice, but there really are not as many animals as the ft. Worth zoo. You can take Dart down there and it stops right in front of the entrance, so that is very convenient. Otherwise, you'll have to pay $8 for parking. I would recommend getting there early in the day as parking fills up by noon during the weekend.

You are allowed to bring food in from outside, so if you want to have a picnic in the park, bring some food with you and that will save you some money. Overall, it was a nice zoo that was clean and we had fun because we had a big group, but I don't think I'll go back for another few years.

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Sean G, Vice President Guest Experiences at Dallas Zoo, responded to this review, April 10, 2013
Thank you for the nice comments. The Dallas Zoo has been remodeling, adding new exhibits and upgrading older ones at a rapid pace during the last 8 years. Newly remodeled areas just opening include Picnic Ridge with the Safari Express train, as well as our new Wild Encounters stage where guests can visit up-close with animal ambassadors throughout the day. The Dallas Zoo is the largest zoo in Texas with more than 2000 animals, and we hope you will return in the near future to see the ongoing improvements. We look forward to your next visit.
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“Very Nice Zoo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

This is a very nice zoo, what I was able to see of it. It was still on "penquin days" for the cooler winter months with some of the animals not in their habitat, which is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 stars. It seems to be a very well cared for zoo and what animals were out were active and interesting. I especially thought the tiger habitat was beautiful, although only one tiger was out. The lorakeets were extremely friendly with several landing on us at once. I will definitely be going back in warmer months to see the rest of the zoo.

Visited February 2013
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Sean G, Vice President Guest Experiences at Dallas Zoo, responded to this review, March 27, 2013
Thank you for the nice comments and for visiting the Dallas Zoo. Depending on the date of visit during Penguin Days in January and February, colder temperatures may prevent animals from going outside or be delayed at opening. These are actually months where it's advantageous to get to the Zoo a little later in the day as temperatures warm up ,as opposed to traditionally getting to the Zoo first thing in the morning. If your next visit happens between April - September, please visit when the Zoo opens at 9:00 am and head to the Giants of the Savanna or the Gorilla Trail. The animals are usually just exploring their habitats and it makes for great viewing. We look forward to your next visit.
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