Frank Buck Zoo
Frank Buck Zoo
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Discover Frank Buck Zoo for a one of a kind family experience. Located in 85-acre tree filled Leonard Park which offers picnic tables, two covered pavilions, a sprawling community playground, Leonard Park Aquatic Center (seasonal), and miniature train ride (seasonal). An ideal value priced day trip destination for families and youth organizations. Discounted admission available for school groups. Located right in the heart of Gainesville, Texas, the Frank Buck Zoo has been serving the children, schools and citizens of North Central Texas and Southern Oklahoma for over 50 years. Over 75,000 guests visit the Frank Buck Zoo annually. In March of 2008 the Frank Buck Zoo became home to the World's Only Frank Buck Exhibit when Frank's daughter Barbara Buck befriended the zoo staff and donated items that belonged to her father. Resulting in a fascinating collection of camp tools used to capture animals and media memorabilia from the 1930, 1940, & 1950's. Be sure to plan your zoo arrival in time to experience the 10:30am daily public giraffe feeding. Experience a "giraffe's eye-view" of the African Savannah exhibit from an elevated walkway, the exhibit is home to eight different species of animals. Pause to take in the view at the African Outpost overlooking the water hole. Be sure to have quarters on hand so little ones can feed the friendly goats.
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  • Talena M
    Aubrey, Texas34 contributions
    Great zoo
    Always a great zoo! It’s about an hour to walk through which is perfect for littles like my 2 year old. Usually has a cute train to ride on, but they said it’s closed for probably a year due to close by road construction outside of their control. A nice park outside the zoo that’s fun too!
    Traveled with family
    Written July 22, 2022
  • Elaine L
    Frisco, Texas93 contributions
    Excellent and surprising experience
    We went to the zoo on the trip advisor recommendations coming through town from Oklahoma. It was well worth the stop. They had flamingos, giraffes, zebras, bears and so much more. The flowers and bamboo were also gorgeous. This is an excellent price.
    Written August 9, 2020
  • ILoveTexas
    917 contributions
    Perfect for a fall outing
    We really enjoyed our visit to this small zoo. There were some interesting animals, and the grounds were pretty, peaceful, and well maintained. Seems like a great place for families, and it’s adjacent to a lovely park with a playground and picnic tables. Travelers, it’s right off the interstate.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 28, 2020
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VanEsq12
Dallas, TX2,367 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
This is a very smsll family owned zoo, so there isn't a huge variety of animals to see. But the grounds are beautiful and well maintained, and the animals appeared healthy and happy. Bring a picnic. There is a huge park on property with playground equipment. It is heavily shaded and spacious- perfect for a birthday party before the zoo visit!
Written February 2, 2023
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txusmc94
Pilot Point, TX147 contributions
Mar 2012 • Couples
The zoo is small but well laid out. However if you get there with less than two hours before closing you will not get to see most the animals. The lady at the door was rude, this was my granddaughter's first trip to the zoo and I won't take her back there. I have visited many a zoo around the world and never felt so rushed. She even wouldnt let me get a soveneir from the gift shop. Don't waste your money if it is within two hours of closing.
Written March 19, 2012
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suecarr1111
Valley View, TX187 contributions
Apr 2016 • Family
This is a great little zoo that is easily accessible. Parking is free and right on site. They have a lot of different animal exhibits and all are very clean and cared for. If you go early you can feed the giraffes. My grandchildren always enjoy that! Also a ride on the little train thru the park is fun while you are at the zoo. After enjoying the animals, you can take the kids on the train ride and let them play on the playground equipment. All located in a nice peaceful park. Have been there many times and always enjoy it!
Written August 24, 2016
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Thank you for your review! We work hard to make The Frank Buck Zoo a great place for families to enjoy. Giraffe feeding is at 10:30am daily, weather permitting. To find out train hours in advance of your visit please call the Parks Dept. M-F at 940-668-4530. We look forward to your return visit.
Written August 26, 2016
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Juli B
1 contribution
Jun 2014 • Family
My family has always loved this zoo..even members for awhile. We had a small problem in June with a zoo employee when my two daughters, nine and seven, were on a field trip. The gentleman took my nine-year -old's $5, for ice cream, off of the counter while she turned around and asked her sister what she wanted. He then put the money in the donation jar. When she asked for her money back, his reply was, "Once it is in the jar, there is nothing we can do." We have reached out to the zoo to right this wrong. They have promised to look into it and take care of the situation. That was the first week of June, now we ar eat the end of July. They will not return calls or fix the problem. It is only $5, but it is the principle and trying to explanin the zoo worker's action to my children is hard.
Written July 25, 2014
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mom_in_dfw
Arlington, TX300 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
We did a day trip from DFW to Gainesville/Muenster that included visiting the Frank Buck Zoo. This zoo is well maintained and well worth the visit. The zoo is one one big circle that takes about 1-2 hours if you take your time and take part in the giraffe feeding. Half of the zoo is well shaded, the african side is full sun so take your sunscreen (the line to feed the giraffe is not shaded). Feeding the giraffe cost $1 per family member and you only get to feed one leaf of lettuce to keep the line moving...it's an experience well worth it...have your camera ready as you only have a few seconds to capture the moment.
Written July 15, 2014
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X3blueyes
Dallas, TX74 contributions
May 2014 • Family
After reading the reviews for this zoo (and passing it countless times on I-35) we decided to take the family. The day we went, it drizzled for most of the time but that did not stop us from having a great time! If you're looking for a zoo similar to one in a large city, don't stop here. But if you have small kiddos and want to see some different type of animals/exhibits, come here. The zebras, giraffes and several other animails are in a very large, open area by themselves. Really neat to sit under the covered area and watch these animals roam. Get coupons on-line to save a few bucks. Admission is very cheap and parking is FREE. As mentioned by other reviewers, there is a park outside of the zoo so the kids can run off some energy. There is also a swimming pool with slides connected to the park. Well worth the trip!
Written July 1, 2014
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Karen L
Gainesville, TX2,118 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
We love visiting here several times a year, it's a very comfortable environment that you can walk around and totally relax admiring all of the beautiful animals. It's not excessively busy and very comfortable.
Written February 11, 2020
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tootsie12
Frisco, TX273 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
Went on Tuesday and crowds were light which was great. Plenty of shaded parking and playground and park in front of zoo wonderful for kids. Admission price reasonable and atmosphere enjoyable. This is a small zoo so don’t expect a “San Diego Zoo” experience. We saw several animals out roaming because the weather was nice but there were nappers too. Make sure you have water and snacks we didn’t see any concessions open but it’s October summer might be different. We loved our drive to Gainesville nice to get out of rat race of Dallas. Highly recommend as date or with family.
Written October 23, 2019
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Tourist182331
Denison, TX58 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
Have visited the zoo several times at different times of the year and this time was a real disappointment. Many exhibits were empty and when I complained to a staff member they stated the animals were hiding. Landscaping and grounds looked rundown. Should have gone to Ft. Worth Zoo.
Written August 4, 2019
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Rob6890
Johnson City, TN32 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
We visited today and this is my favorite Zoo in Texas. I've been to zoos all over the country and this ranks among my favorites. It's small and to the point, but it is very clean and there are still several animals and lots to see. The animals are close and most of them have very large enclosures. I particularly love he giraffe area with the boardwalk that allows guests to access almost all areas around the giraffes and other African animals. The animals seem happy and healthy and that's what matters to me. I enjoyed the park-like atmosphere as well as the numerous opportunities for shade. The staff members were not very enthusiastic or engaging, but hey, I came for the animals not them.
Written June 10, 2018
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Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We are so glad to have the honor of being your favorite zoo in Texas. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. I am sorry your interaction with staff was not more engaging, that is not typical as we have several gifted interpreters on staff. Thank you for the constructive criticism. Sincerely, Zoo Staff
Written July 11, 2018
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