Frank Buck Zoo

Frank Buck Zoo, Gainesville: Hours, Address, Frank Buck Zoo Reviews: 4.5/5

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
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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tilliealicia
22 contributions
Perfect stop for a toddler
May 2021 • Family
We loved this little zoo. We were passing thru Gainesville on our way to Austin with our son. He is 2 and a half. It was just perfect for him because it is small enough that he could walk the whole thing and burn some energy before getting back on the road.
Written May 23, 2021
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Anita McCall
Grapevine, TX2 contributions
This zoo is just big enough for small attention spans
Feb 2021
We have been here several times with kids 4 and under. It is enough excitement and totally walkable. Not an overwhelming outing.
Written February 27, 2021
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rosem455
Galveston Island, TX5 contributions
Great zoo
Nov 2020
Great zoo animals well taken care of and nice size areas for them to live very clean good price worth your time to go see
Written November 24, 2020
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ILoveTexas
Argyle, Texas860 contributions
Perfect for a fall outing
Sep 2020 • Couples
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.
Written September 28, 2020
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Michelle
Arkansas3 contributions
Quaint little zoo
Sep 2020
Nice little zoo next to the park, aquatic park and ball fields. All animals were out on display and we enjoyed it.
Written September 24, 2020
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Elaine L
Frisco, TX87 contributions
Excellent and surprising experience
Aug 2020
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
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Brandy B
Van Alstyne, TX7 contributions
Fun Little Zoo
Jun 2020
We have been going every year for the last 7 years. It's an awesome little zoo!
Plus, the huge park is right there, along with the water park.

It's a great spot for families.
Written July 14, 2020
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Karen L
Gainesville, TX2,124 contributions
Love visiting here several times a year
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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John J Nelson
Biloxi, MS1,813 contributions
Great zoo experience and not too long
Dec 2019 • Family
Fantastic zoo experience in a very clean and well maintained environment. Good for small children and just the right size. Many interesting animal to include bears, giraffes and cheetahs. There was even a baby giraffe. There is a place where you can feed the goats. Lots of ramps for strollers. Next to a nice playground and dining. Would definitely return.
Written December 7, 2019
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postalliz
Washington, IL30 contributions
Great little zoo
Oct 2019
This zoo is small, but the set up is great. It goes in a complete circle, easy for kids to follow. I was pleasantly surprised, it is quite a nice zoo. Spent about an hour, reasonably priced. If your in the area stop in.
Written November 21, 2019
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