Caldwell Zoo
Caldwell Zoo
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • travelercd
    Saint Louis, Missouri577 contributions
    cute animals 🦊🐒🐅🦓🦒🐘
    this zoo was so shady and saw many animals. only one kinda big hill. so easy to walk! 75% of this zoo was in shade when we went in the morning hours. $16.5 adult $5 for 3 leaf of lettuce to feed 🦒 🦒 🦒 🦒. they were so adorable.
    Traveled with family
    Written July 27, 2022
  • Sue F
    12 contributions
    Caldwell Zoo mid-September 2022 - recommend visiting this zoo
    Loved the layout and visiting all of the animals. The size of the zoo is just right, not too large. We visited several Tyler sites, and we were able to see all of the zoo complex all in one day. Their landscaping is beautiful. Very helpful staff. We had hotdogs which were very good.
    Written September 20, 2022
  • klhk
    Amarillo, Texas64 contributions
    Good small zoo.
    This is a nice little zoo. Very little. However, the animals and their habitats are set up very well and if you were to come when the food area is open I think it would be a great place to sit and eat and watch. Quite a large area is currently closed for construction and there is confusion on different sites as to the exact time they are open.
    Written September 6, 2022
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K91709Reviewer
56 contributions
Jan 2020
This is a great little zoo where you can get a closer view of the big cats than you can get at a large metro zoo. My husband and I enjoyed the 2 hours we spent looking at the animals. Unfortunately it was January, and a few of the habitats - mostly monkeys - were closed due to the cold. That was the only bummer. Otherwise, we got in for the great price of $12.50 each since we are "seniors". There is free parking - something else you don't get a the larger zoos. We were there on a Saturday in mid January, and it was not crowded at all. We are glad we took the time to see this zoo while we were in the area.
Written January 18, 2020
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James G
Tyler, TX156 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
What a great zoo. I wasn’t expecting such a big city zoo in a small town but we were pleasantly surprised. The place was huge with large exhibits, well groomed grounds and every animal imaginable. Admission was only $12.50 each and well worth it. Great experience.
Written October 16, 2020
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Jim C
Houston, TX118 contributions
Nov 2021
This is a very nice, well maintained, and well organized zoo. It is one of the best zoos that we visited and we have visited a number of zoos around the country. The animals looked healthy and the staff inside the zoo were very friendly. Sadly, the back office support (insofar as it related to enquires about the zoo hours, when tickets would be available on the website, etc.). Either the general inquiries email box is unattended or the person that is responsible for answering emails is unfamiliar with the tenets of polite society, particularly with respect to answering emails in a timely basis. That disappointment aside, it is a lovely zoo and well worth a visit.
Written January 17, 2022
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H E
San Antonio, TX92 contributions
Oct 2020
I can only echo the accolades of other writers; this zoo was a delight--perhaps our favorite across the country. It is designed for people to enjoy being close to the animals, and for the animals to have authentic environments in which to live and roam.

First off, it was completely accessible. Although some of the hills were a bit steep (pushing a hand-operated wheelchair could be a challenge), the mobility scooter worked really well there.

Secondly, the setup was amazing. The cafe is located slightly above the Elephant, Giraffe and Savannah areas; visitors can easily see the animals. While we were there, two young elephants decided to play in their pool, so we spent our lunch time watching not only them, but also the giraffes that came to observe the fun! Every exhibit was a photo waiting to happen.

Add to this the spotlessly clean environment, the friendly and helpful staff, and the gorgeous fall day and we couldn't have had a better time.

Well done, Caldwell Zoo!!!

P.S. They participate in the reciprocal zoo membership program. Check the list and bring your membership card and photo ID for each eligible person.
Written November 5, 2020
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Aslan's Traveler
Burnsville, MN614 contributions
May 2022
This is a very nice little zoo. The animal exhibits are well laid out, with pathways that lead you through woods or open spaces from one to the next. At the lion exhibit, for example, the division between lions and the rest of the African Plain is well camouflaged, so you would almost think the lions where on the same plain as the zebras.
Written July 27, 2022
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Jerry371
Louisiana116 contributions
Feb 2020
We went with our son, wife and twins boy and girl 6 years old. Since we are senior citizens I thought the entry fee was a little bit pricey. The zoo was great, lots to see, some of the attractions were closed for winter.
Twins wanted to feed the giraffes. 3 lettuce leaves for 5 dollars, now that was a whole bunch too much, but who wants to disappoint there grandchildren, so cough up 5 dollars we did.
The on-site restaurant exceeded my expectations. The burgers and fries were really good, again a little on the pricey side.
Overall a great trip
Written February 15, 2020
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Ashley T
14 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
We last visited abt 6 years ago. We live about 3 hours away but decided to stop in on the way home from Dallas. Loved getting to visit again. This is a small zoo but it is beautiful and well maintained. Lots of flowers and landscaping too. A nice variety of animals including penguins, longhorn cows, baby goats to pet, cheetahs and an excellent African savanna setup with giraffes elephants zebras and lions (cleverly kept at a distance from the rest) the Cafe is a very nice place to est with the patio overlooking the African savanna it almost feels like you're in a much larger zoo in a much larger city. Affordable entry fee and no fee to park.
Written June 23, 2021
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marmarhar
Bedford, TX26 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
We enjoyed the diversity of this zoo. The enclosures were well maintained, and the animals were easy to observe. The enclosure for the bison, white tailed deer, and Longhorns was especially beautiful. Lots of shade. Any day I can feed a giraffe is a good day!
Written September 3, 2022
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SimonsFamilyHomestead
Tyler, TX19 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
This zoo has been a staple throughout my life, as I am a native Tylerite. Sharing experiences here with my family (my 4 year old loves it) just brightens my world. I love visiting this zoo as it is immaculately kept clean. The animal runs and buildings are always clean. The African Safari overlook is always clean and never any nasty tables from my visits. The employees are always warm, welcoming, and willing to help and educate. Great job!
Written July 17, 2021
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AB_US
Dallas, TX434 contributions
Apr 2021
Good Zoo in a great Piney Woods location. The Zoo does not have a lot of animals like the huge city zoos, but a great selection and they are all in large natural habitats and they are easy to see. The location is great. It was hard to find parking, it was that popular!
Written April 14, 2021
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