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.
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