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Review of Dallas Zoo

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 young children, Activities for older children
Dallas, Texas
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

We are on our 5th year of membership and the Dallas Zoo and do not anticipate dropping that membership anytime soon. Taking 2 hours out of our Saturday morning to go feed the Giraffes and goats is fun for both our kid and us. It is such a relaxing place to be and enjoy the animals, train, and community. I would recommend a family membership!

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Melinda G
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Shreveport, Louisiana
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“Best zoo ever!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2014 via mobile

1st trip to this zoo today...thoroughly enjoyed it! Love how the animals all looked very healthy and had an amazing amount of room in their habitats! Also very clean and well organized...will definitely be back!!!

Thank MPesnellRN
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DallasZooManagement, Public Relations Manager at Dallas Zoo, responded to this review, May 30, 2014
Dear Shreveport friends, thank you so much for your kind words! We're honored that you traveled to see us from your great state of Louisiana. Please come visit again soon, and thank you again for taking the time to review us!

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Stillwater, Oklahoma
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“Great half day excursion”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2014

Took our 5 year old and 4 month old at end of May. Small zoo but great size for a young family. Nice little children's section of the zoo but be sure to bring a swimsuit or change of clothes so they can splash around. We happened to catch some training/feeding times, there's a list you can get to see what animals are training when (cheetahs, elephants, giraffes). The kids in the crowd really enjoyed it. Monorail is cool to go on one time and a great way to put a break in the middle of the zoo trip where kids can sit instead of walking around.

Visited May 2014
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Bulverde, Texas
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2014

Where to begin! Let me start by saying if you've been to one zoo you've been to them all. I would also like to say that my family and I are far from lazy.

Now then, When you arrive you will have to pay $8 for parking. That gets you a half mile walk across a bridge for a drainage creek that has more trash and a stink than you can imagine. Once you arrive at the Zoo gates you will then hand over $54 dollars for two adults and two children.

The park is and has no real flow, so use the map that is provided at the gate. I was very disappointed to see the amount of trash that was all over the ground and flowing out of trash cans. The park did not seem very busy for a Saturday around 11 AM. So I am not sure why there was so much trash around. Luckily my wife had put 2 water bottles in her purse for the kids and us, but that only lasted so long before we had to make a stop at one of the drink/food stands. At which point we found that you can buy a 20 oz. ICEE (Refillable Zoo cup) for $7.99 or a 16 oz. solo cup for $3.99, But it was made very clear that the solo cup would get no lid or straw! Its an ICEE for Pete's sake. 7-11 gives you a straw and charges half that. I suppose it was a sales attempt to get you buy the Refill cup.

Every thing that you know your kids and maybe even yourself would want to do when you go to the Zoo, (Hand feed the giraffes, walk inside the bird atrium, Etc...) had an additional $1-$3 charge. Talk about nickel and diming to death!

The park had several areas for in park picnicking, which would have been great if they all would have had at least one tree for the thousands of visitors to find some shade relief under while eating. Each of these areas were empty of people as you can imagine.

The park also had a few misting stations throughout to help cool you some. A few were located in the middle of a muddy mess though, because of the continued use and poor placement.

The animal enclosures for the most part were well kept, though they seemed really small in some cases for the size of the animals within them. Some were overgrown to the point you weren't sure if it was a used enclosure. because the animals were unable to be seen.

Time of day maybe, but it seemed like most of the animals were either put up or hidden in a spot of the enclosure that can not be seen from the viewing areas. A lot of them that could be seen were crashed out and showed no activity. Just goes to show what long term captivity can do to animals!

I am not a "Negative Nancy", and really do try to find the good in every thing that I do, but I just cant find one thing with this place. This was definitely the last time I will ever step foot into a Zoo, and surely won't recommend anyone visit this one in particular.

Visited May 2014
7 Thank Ryan B
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“Great exhibits, too crowded!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2014

They have great exhibits and interesting facts, but do not go here when it is hot. Much of your tour is outdoors, and even indoors seemed very musty due to the 90 degree heat and the tight quesrters. Also, if you do not like kids, this is not your place.

Visited May 2014
Thank tqmman2002
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