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“I love this place.”
Review of Austin Zoo

Austin Zoo
Ranked #51 of 338 things to do in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Zoo in Austin featuring many animals.
Reviewed August 18, 2014

I love this place so much. I had the opportunity to volunteer here and I can tell you that the staff really cares about all of their rescued or surrendered animals. All the animals have the choice to go inside or stay outside, and considering that Austin gets to be 110 some days, this is very important for the animals well being. I would recommend getting there in the morning if possible on warmer days because some of the animals will probably be in the air conditioning when it gets to be 90 or higher.
It is not your typical city zoo so don't go expecting concrete walkways and restaurants. You do get closer to the animals than you would in most city zoos so I think it's a way better deal. They have a concession stand in the picnic area with snacks, but they let you bring in food and drinks if you want something other than what they offer i.e. nachos, hot dogs, ect. The pathways are crushed granite so you might have some difficulty pushing a stroller, but they have free ones to borrow so leave yours in the car and try it out with one of theirs to see if a stroller will work for you or not.
It takes about an hour and forty-five minutes give or take to see everything. The train ride is cute and gives a nice breeze on a hot day. It doesn't go through the zoo, but it is a beautiful scenic ride and you can see some of their off display livestock.
I would highly recommend this zoo to everyone especially if you have kiddos. The petting zoo is great, but just make sure you keep your bag of food away from the goats. They will take the whole bag out of your hands.
Places like these are why I'm glad to call Austin my home. It's a little different the than the norm, but it's fun and full of heart.

4  Thank SandyGardenburger
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"animal sanctuary"
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"train ride"
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"rescued animals"
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"non profit"
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"wide variety of animals"
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"buy food to feed"
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"money goes"
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"large cats"
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"rescue facility"
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"hill country views"
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"picnic area"
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"beautiful peacocks"
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"gift shop"
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"nice place to visit"
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"great for kids"
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"austin area"
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Reviewed August 12, 2014

The 'Zoo' title is misleading. This is not a zoo, but an animal rescue. We appreciate the rescue mission of this place, but we were looking for a true zoo to take our two young children to. While they did enjoy seeing the animals, and reading their individual stories it took less than 1.5hrs to make it through the entire place. It took almost the same amount of time just to fight traffic to get there. Not worth the time or energy.

2  Thank JADalton
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Reviewed August 7, 2014

We got a groupon and the zoo was 1/2 off. It was fun to go once for half off... but it's a rescue zoo (all the animals are rescued, it's run off donations, etc). If you're looking for something like the San Diego Zoo, you will be very disappointed. If you're looking for a way to cheaply entertain small children for an afternoon, look for a groupon and go!

1  Thank Jana D
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

We have a 3 year old who always wants to go to zoos. So in the last year we've been to the following zoos - San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Albuquerque and Austin. Austin Zoo would probably rank towards the bottom of our list. Here are the pros and cons


1. Beautiful peacocks walking around the front of the zoo.
2. We heard that these are rescued animals and like that fact.
3. Staff were friendly.
4. Enjoyed the shaved ice at the ice cream truck.

1. Our greatest peeve is that there was no paved pathways. It was very uncomfortable for our one year old in her stroller.
2. Not many animals.
3. Pricey admission. However if they are using this for the rescued animals, then we wouldn't mind it much.
4. No proper signs on the way to the zoo. You feel like you're in a residential neighborhood.

In all, you can spend maybe a couple of hours at this zoo. Do not bring strollers into the zoo unless you want your kids bumping around in it.

2  Thank krisans
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

The zoo was huge disappointment. Not very well kept. Abilene, TX has a much better zoo. The "train ride" absolutley made no sense at all. There were wooden cut-outs painted like animals on the train ride. Don't waste your money.

Thank Jim M
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