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“Spring Break Day Out”
Review of Dallas Zoo

Dallas Zoo
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$49.00*
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Dallas CityPASS
Ranked #27 of 256 things to do in Dallas
Certificate of Excellence
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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
Reviewed March 21, 2013

In my opinion this zoo is interesting. There are a lot of different animals to see. I enjoy visiting the zoo when we travel. The background and habit of the land is beautiful however I have visited better zoos. The food is a little pricey for the quality . I would recommend packing a sack lunch.

Thank Misstlj
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Sean G, Vice President Guest Experiences at Dallas Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2013

Thank you for the nice comments. Spring Break can be interesting depending on the time guests arrive. This year we had days with 14,000 visitors, which can sometimes be problematic for late morning and early afternoon arrivals. There are several places to eat inside the zoo with a nice assortment of food items, and there are plenty of picnic areas to bring lunches as well. Most recently we opened a new area called Picnic Ridge, which sits on the site of the old large mammal building. We also opened a new train ride called the Safari Express which is geared towards younger children. We look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Very clean. We (4 adults) enjoyed the entire park. The interactive sessions with handlers of specific animals was wonderful! Serengeti Grill made some great food! Additional seating is definitely needed though. I'm surprised how lacking they are with that.

Thank Karen D
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Sean G, Vice President Guest Experiences at Dallas Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2013

Thank you for the great comments and five star review. We are glad you enjoyed the keeper talks and the up close animal experiences. Most recently we opened another area called Wild Encounters where guests can meet various animal ambassadors throughout the day. The Serengeti Grill is a great place to eat lunch and see lions, inches away, through a large glass viewing window. Sometimes it's just too good, and because of the popularity it does get crowded in the restaurant. There's no question we would love to expand that in the future.
We appreciate the feedback and look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed March 20, 2013 via mobile

We as a family enjoy the zoo a lot especially the new giants of the savannah area. The monorail ride is informative & you are able to see areas of the zoo not seen otherwise. The other side of the zoo is as nice and has the children's area. We enjoy so much we became members of the zoo. Have fun!

Thank mamma2boys
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Sean G, Vice President Guest Experiences at Dallas Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2013

Thank you for the nice comments and for becoming Dallas Zoo members. We appreciate hearing the great feedback about your experiences and will continue to provide new and exciting changes in the years to come. Most recently we opened our Wild Encounters stage and our Picnic Ridge with the Safari Express train. Lots of fun for the kids and adults. We look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

Well worth every penny. The stroller cost $10 to rent, but worth it for my lil one who didn't want to walk the whole time. Plenty to see and enjoy. Lunch at the restaurant is crazy. Long wait in line and pricey if you are like me and has to have the souvenir cups, but the food was good. A great way to spend the day with the family. If you can spare 20 min, take the tram ride. The lil ones will love it. The reptile building is stuffy but for the kids, they might not even notice.

Thank txbutterfly87
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Sean G, Vice President Guest Experiences at Dallas Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2013

Thank you for those great comments and five star review. We are glad to hear your visit was worth it and that you were able to see so much in one day. Getting to the Zoo early is great advice (we open daily at 9:00 am). The animals are usually most active and the crowds are light around this time (Dollar Day and Spring Break are exceptions as crowds form earlier).
The Reptile and Amphibian building can be a little humid since reptiles love those warmer temperatures, but it's a great place to see albino alligators, a 20 foot albino reticulated python, cobras, black mamba, a crocodile monitor lizard, even a Komodo dragon. We look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed March 17, 2013

They have really upgraded the experience here and just can't say enough about it. I have been going to the Dallas Zoo since my Grandmother took me with all her grandkids when I was 4 or 5 years old. A lot of memories and all of them good. The Elephant and Giraffe space is incredible and can't wait to see what is planned next to the reptile area. Thanks for a great experience today and we went with the Family Plus Package and hope to continue being a member for along time. Thanks, Tracy

Thank tdwillmon
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Sean G, Vice President Guest Experiences at Dallas Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2013

Thank you for visiting and for the very nice comments. The Dallas Zoo is certainly changing as new habitats are built and older habitats are removed. Most recently we demolished a 50 year old large mammal building. Those animals can be seen in the state of the art Giants of the Savanna habitat and the old site has now become Picnic Ridge, featuring a kids-size Safari Exrpess train ride. There is so much to see if you have not been here in the past 5 years, and more changes are in store. Thank you for being a Zoo member and look forward to your next visit.

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