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Gladys Porter Zoo

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Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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fun, vast, will go again

good place to visit, well done, good animal representation, active interaction with animals, not... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Max M
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A top rate Zoo at one time and especially for South Texas. It has continued to maintain it's... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Brownsville, Texas
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Known to be one of the best zoos in the United States, open every day of the year.
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500 E Ringgold St, Brownsville, TX 78520-7998
+1 956-546-7187
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Reviewed 5 days ago

good place to visit, well done, good animal representation, active interaction with animals, not very busy so easy to move around

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Max M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A top rate Zoo at one time and especially for South Texas. It has continued to maintain it's ranking. Some animals were sent off to other Zoo's especially Harambe which was killed to protect a child. The selection of animals in the zoo is exceptional....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took my daughter over Christmas break, I was surprised that it was not busy so it was easy to navigate around the zoo. If you like monkeys, this zoo has several displays of them. Most of the displays around the zoo were empty or...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Scott S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Brownsville's Gladys Porter Zoo is one of a small number of zoos that houses rare specimens. For instance, it is one of only a few zoos in the world that has a Manchurian viper pair, a species so newly identified that no information is available...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were there on Enlightenment day when the zookeepers gave the animals presents to open! We had a great time watching the excitement. Many of the employees and volunteers truly love these animals and enjoy sharing their knowledge with the visitors. Thank you employees for...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

Beautiful facility, very attractive exhibits and we love the new additions. Water playground was impressive.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank rrasco56
Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

Good outdoor animal viewing areas with some air conditioned indoor exhibits. There’s a petting area for the kids to enjoy. Most of the mammals aren’t too active in the hot sun and are usually resting in shade areas in the back of their enclosures. A...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

We go every couple of months with the family, the zoo is always a great place to take family of all ages! Probably one of the better zoos in Texas! Highly recommend it!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

I enjoyed my experience here. There are so many beautiful animals. Be sure to pick out what's most important for you to see because you may be tired of walking before you see everything.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank oscarleegarza
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Very nice and compact zoo with encouraging educational and engaging community programs. There's quite a variety. Definitely worth visiting!

Date of experience: September 2017
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Yes, but I am not sure of prices. You are allowed to bring your own though!