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“My grandson's birthday was magnificent at the Dallas Zoo!”
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Dallas Zoo
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Dallas CityPASS
Ranked #15 of 229 things to do in Dallas
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The largest zoological experience in Texas, the 106-acre Dallas Zoo offers fun, educational and entertaining experiences for the whole family. The Zoo's mission is to inspire a passion for nature and conserve wildlife, and guests can see a number of endangered species and learn about a variety of conservation projects the Dallas Zoo supports. Opened in 2010, our award-winning Giants of the Savanna habitat is internationally known. The savanna features elephants, ostrich, zebras, impalas, giraffes, and guineafowl, often mingling together. The Dallas Zoo is home to a herd of five female elephants and 11 giraffes, which guests can feed by hand. Guests will see the fastest land mammal on Earth, the cheetah, as well as African lions who often spend their days sleeping just inches away from the viewing wall inside the Serengeti Grill restaurant. The Wilds of Africa area features rare animals such as gorillas, chimpanzees and okapi. Guests will enjoy getting eye-to-eye with African penguins as they swim effortlessly underwater. Highlights of the ZooNorth section include the Lacerte Family Children's Zoo, a top-rated reptile and amphibian complex featuring albino alligators, and the Koala Walkabout, featuring the only koalas in Texas, red kangaroo, wallabies, and a lorikeet feeding area for up-close adventures. For alternative transportation to the Dallas Zoo, consider the DART Red Line, which delivers guests to the Zoo's front entrance.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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“My grandson's birthday was magnificent at the Dallas Zoo!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2012

I live close to the world class San Diego Zoo, undisputed top of the line, yet when I experienced the Dallas Zoo, I was enchanted! We went for my little grandson's 2 year birthday, it was the perfect day. I recommend getting there as close to opening time as possible, we found parking and it was uncrowded and not too hot. The little children's area has a very popular pony ride, our little guy rode him twice, the handlers are great with little children! There's a petting zoo, (Watch the goats, they WILL try to eat your clothes), exploratorium indoors, Koi Pond, a carousel and other fun. The other must-see for us was the feeding of the giraffes, you can buy some pre-washed romaine lettuce and actually feed it right to the giraffes, endless fun for little and old alike! The safari cafe near the big cats is great, you can go right up to the thick and safe glass walls and "high five" the sleeping lions. They are literally sleeping right up next to the window/wall, awesome for all of us to measure our hands against the lions' paw. Good food, although you can take a cooler and have your lunch right at the zoo, they have a nice, grassy picnic area. We didn't stay long, so didn't really visit the entire zoo, but bought the family yearly pass so can go as much as we want in the future, it was a good deal and entitles you to other discounts at other fun locations, plus supports the Zoo itself. Don't know what summer will be like, guessing you can only go in the evening, March was perfect, January and February have super cheap admission prices too. Has a cool monorail, we didn't go, as there was a 45 minute wait and that's too long with a little toddler, we'd go first thing next time. A great zoo!

Visited March 2012
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“Hand feed a Giraffe”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2012

This is the only zoo I have ever seen where you can hand feed a giraffe. The elephants and big cats have a MUCH improved living space. If you have not been to the Dallas Zoo in the last few years, you will be pleasantly suprised.

Visited September 2011
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“Hand Feed the Giraffes!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2012

The zoo has had some recent upgrades and is in great shape. They now have a feature where you can buy lettuce and feed it to the giraffes. They come right up to the railing. It's a very neat and unique experience. The monorail is a great way to see a lot of animals.

Visited June 2011
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“Nice Afternoon, But Pricey”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2012

Like all zoos it wasn't cheap, but it wasn't extremely expensive. The food however is very nasty and overpriced. Eat at home! You have to pay for parking too, which is very far away. The zoo is huge but crowded, it has a nice layout. The animals looked healthy, but some cages were a bit small. Nice gorilla exhibit, lots of animals and new species. They have a fun train ride too. I spent about 3 hours here with 2 kids 9-13.

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“Don't miss the giraffe encounter.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2012

It's a big zoo, so don't expect to breeze right through it. The highlights are the different monkeys, the new Australia exhibit (though don't expect to see much activity from the koalas), and the opportunity to feed the giraffes.

Visited March 2012
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