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“hot summer day”
Review of Dallas Zoo

Dallas Zoo
Ranked #12 of 248 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 young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed July 29, 2013

I visited the Dallas Zoo with my 2 year old grand daughter. It was early in the morning but a hot June day. Too hot to visit! I will go back when it is cooler. We had a good time though in spite of the heat. I recommend the Dallas World Aquarium for young children instead on a hot day because it is air conditioned and the exhibits are more little kid friendly.

Thank Freethacowlow
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Sean G, Vice President Guest Experiences at Dallas Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded August 26, 2013

Thank you for the nice comments and visiting the Dallas Zoo. The summer can be warm even at 9:00 am, but that is generally a good time to visit for animal activity. Our new ocelot kitten Lindy is out on exhibit and hopefully in the months to come the weather will cool down to provide for a longer stay. We look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is an ok zoo but nothing to rave about. It is not located in a great part of Dallas so keep that in mind. I really liked the Ft Worth Zoo better. Cleaner.

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Sean G, Vice President Guest Experiences at Dallas Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded August 26, 2013

Thank you for visiting the Dallas Zoo and for your feedback. We wish your experience was more memorable. There have been several changes since you last visited in August 2012, including our new Wild Encounters stage, Safari Express train, new maps and wayfinders, and an emphasis on ensuring that the park is clean and that we are attentive to the needs of our guests. We have more changes in store for 2014. We look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Wasting money in Dallas can be very easy. If you need an "affordable" family time out, go to the Dallas Zoo. Take a cooler, drinks, and quick lunch materials to save even more. If you are from out of town drive to one of the local DART stations and take the Train. It is cheap, saves the parking fee, kids love it, and you get $2 off each ticket zoo ticket.

Dallas Zoo is an ordinary zoo. Not much different than other zoos. You can feed the giraffes, and they have an interactive childrens playland. When there, take your time, avoid the heat, and just have a fun time with your kids.

Thank 625MikeL
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Sean G, Vice President Guest Experiences at Dallas Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded August 26, 2013

Thank you for visiting the Dallas Zoo and providing your feedback. It's a great place to bring the kids, although summer can be hot. During June, July, and August, it's recommended that guests arrive closer to 9:00 am when the Zoo opens. We have found the experience tends to be better for guests and animals, since the weather is cooler and the animals are just exploring their habitats for the first time. Be sure to visit our Lacerte Family Children's Zoo and see Lindy, our new ocelot kitten. We look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed July 25, 2013

Well howdy, and what a surprise The Dallas area has much to be thankful for, but now it can boost two great zoos, Ft Worth and well as Dallas. The Dallas Zoo has changed so much over the past few years and I believe it is now a par to become a world class zoo. The new part of the zoo is so well done that you almost feel your on a savannah in Africa, with the exception, I don't know that you hand feed a giraffe in Africa. The old part of the Dallas Zoo is being wisely used with many verying attractions, and very little of the old cage mentality. Many fun adventures for the little ones.

Thank L0neE3404
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Sean G, Vice President Guest Experiences at Dallas Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded August 26, 2013

Thank you for the great comments and five star review. It's great to live in a Metroplex with so many wonderful family attractions, and we are proud to be one of those. We've added some new things this year (the Wild Encounters stage and our Safari Express children's train) and we have some new addtions like our ocelot kitten in ZooNorth. There are more exciting changes in store for 2014. We look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

The last time I visited the Dallas Zoo my 17 year old was 6.....and having visited both the Fort Worth Zoo and Fossil Rim prior to that first visit, I never wanted to go back.....

But my 17 year old talked us into visiting last weekend.....and BOY are we glad he did.....the zoo has COMPLETELY CHANGED.....

The Giants of the Savanna and the Gorilla Trail were our favorite places.....we fed the giraffes....heard lions and tigers roar....and watched African elephants enjoy huge open spaces with plenty of watering holes. It was incredible....

There was an animal specialist at every attraction....that shared very interesting information about each animal we were viewing.... we learned about "Mother" the oldest elephant and how long it took her to adjust to so much space when she moved onto the 'Savanna'.....and how she 'mothers' the younger elephants..... We were face to face with lions and cheetah's (glass between us thank God)....

We went on Saturday and they had their Safari Nights, with live music.....the band playing was the Killdires(sp)....awesome Irish rock...bag pipes and all.....

I HIGHLY recommend the Dallas Zoo....definitely a MUST see for any age......

1  Thank Traci E
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Sean G, Vice President Guest Experiences at Dallas Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded August 26, 2013

Thank you for the wonderful comments and five star review. So many people are experiencing the new Dallas Zoo again, with more than $50 million in improvements in less than 10 years. We know our guests will expect more each year, and there are some exciting changes coming in the near future. Glad you enjoyed Safari Nights. It will be returning next year and we plan on it being even better. We look forward to your next visit.

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