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Gladys Porter Zoo

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Address: 500 E Ringgold St, Brownsville, TX 78520-7998
Phone Number: +1 956-546-7187
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Known to be one of the best zoos in the United States, open every day of...

Known to be one of the best zoos in the United States, open every day of the year.

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Great Place to Spend an Afternoon

The zoo has so much to offer, day and night. Ask about the special tours and events you and your kids will love! Don't have kids? Not a problem....strolling through the lush... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Alpine, Texas
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Alpine, Texas
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The zoo has so much to offer, day and night. Ask about the special tours and events you and your kids will love! Don't have kids? Not a problem....strolling through the lush gardens and the animals in their native habitats is relaxing and enjoyable. There are stations among the trails that offer food and beverages. My family has enjoyed this... More 

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Brownsville, Texas
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love to have the experience to get to feed the giraffes...there is a fee and certain hours you can feed them but it is worth having the giraffes up close.

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Laredo
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49 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

All zoos are different but what I really found very enjoyable the gracious behavior of the gorillas. They had several in the exhibit and they were all doing different. things. The monkey are as gracious too. Every thing was very enjoyable.

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Austin, Texas
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30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a wonderful afternoon out with hubby and the 2 boys. We sent the boys (ages 10 and 12) off on one path and said we'd meet them at the entrance or somewhere along the path. Well, after 2 hours of seeing 50% of the zoo, we thought we'd better find the kids. We found them about to starve... More 

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Lumpkin, Georgia
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Many do not know that the LIONS were at a gas station at one time.. THEY SAVED BY ZOO.Staff was nice..THIS ZOO HAS NO SMELL... cleanist zoo ever!!!

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Thank Na H
Voorhees, New Jersey
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visit this zoo every time we are in the valley area. I would recommend not to miss this attraction when looking for local activities. I meet a young camel on my latest visit in the petting area. I have never been so close to a camel and enjoyed every minute. I did not want to leave.

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Brownsville, Texas
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27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This a treasure for Brownsville, Tx. A wonderful zoo where you can get clear up close views of animals! The focus of the Zoo is education with many programs for children! A great place to take visitors to the valley! A great family place!

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Prescott, Arizona
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319 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you have not been to the Gladys Porter Zoo, you need to go. We were part of a VIP tour which took us behind the scenes and we really enjoyed the experience. We were able to feed Galapagos Tortoises and giraffes as well as spend some minutes in with Egyptian Bats. Our guide was very knowledgeable and provided an... More 

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Conroe
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

I finally had the opportunity to visit this gem of a zoo. It's not add extravagant as large city zoos, but they have made nice habitats for the many lovely animals. You can tell that they truly care for each and everyone from the large beautiful giraffes and water buffalo to the little reptiles. Even the fish had no scale... More 

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Brownsville, Texas
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

I have been at the zoo since I was a child and I occasionally go every 2 years or so lol. I had not been here for a while but It is still cool and and I had a good time.They continuously open new exhibits, too. Just get ready to sweat because most of the year is hot! I will... More 

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