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“Delightful”
Review of Austin Zoo

Austin Zoo
Ranked #43 of 327 things to do in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Zoo in Austin featuring many animals.
Reviewed March 21, 2013

The Austin Zoo is the perfect place to visit with young children. The Zoo is small enough that it holds their interest and they can even feed some of the animals. There is a short train ride that is a nice break for the kiddos! I especially appreciate the fact that the animals are primary rescue. The Zoo is Country, hence lots of dirt and dust, but it's in the Hill Country of Texas, in that case it fits the environment!

Thank Phyllis N
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Reviewed March 13, 2013 via mobile

Highly recommend this zoo for a day trip! Right now you can get buy 1 get 1 free on Groupon.

My 2 yr old loved it! He was able to get close enough to his favorite animals at the moment-lions and tigers- without a huge crowd or a ton of space in between the animal and us!

The pluses:
Austin Zoo staff are very friendly
Picnic area under shade trees
Mini train ride with some decent views of the Hill Country.

The minuses:
The path and trails are quite rocky and uneven and not handicap accessible.
I only saw one set of restrooms by the entrance


It's not as huge as other zoos but a great zoo nonetheless. If you're expecting Cameron Park Zoo you'll be disappointed. The path and trails are quite rocky and uneven and not handicap accessible.

1  Thank mdocampo
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Reviewed March 13, 2013 via mobile

First, I do think the name Austin Zoo is deceiving but it is intentionally done to draw more visitors. If you love animals or have little kids then it is worth at least one trip. It is small but I'm glad they are taking care of neglected and abused animals. We spent about 1 1/2 hours and my daughter said she enjoyed it. That's what counts for me and I love animals more than she does. She liked the pigs / monkeys and I liked the big cats / wolf hybrids.
Buy a Groupon and the price is right.

Thank SonG3
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

The Austin Zoo isn't really a zoo. There was very little parking on a dirt lot. There were very few animals and it wasn't an educational experience at all. We much prefer the Waco Zoo. For a city this size, it was a total disappointment.

1  Thank ellenDG-TX
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

To begin with, this zoo is not the easiest place to find. We had a GPS and did okay. It's off the main highway and at the end of a series of winding streets. The place is on a par with the zoo in Billings, Montana and neither are great places to visit. It's a rescue zoo, which is a good cause, and is nothing like the zoos in Dallas or Ft.Worth. There are no large animals such as elephants, giraffes, rhinos, and hippos. The largest animals in the place are lions and tigers. There's also wolves, primates, and birds. The animals are all in cages and the grounds around the place seemed somewhat crummy. I wouldn't recommend a visit to this zoo.

1  Thank globeseeker007
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