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“Wrong day, great place” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Houston Zoo

Houston Zoo
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$59.00*
and up
Houston CityPASS
Ranked #3 of 284 things to do in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Houston Zoo provides a fun, unique, and inspirational experience fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world. Essentially a small city encompassing a world of ecosystems and experiences, the Houston Zoo is made up of many moving parts. We have over 6000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care and, yes, even education! In addition, we have over 1.84 million guests each year who come to experience our incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, as well as attend special private and public events and entertainment. Our dedicated staff works around the clock to ensure that the Zoo is always running smoothly for the safety and well being of our residents and guests.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Wrong day, great place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2013

Poured rain for much of my three or four hours roaming, but was 12 hours from home and it was on my agenda. Have been to 30 or 40 zoos around country and this is at least top 10. Very well kept exhibits, though was sad several were under construction, I realize upkeep and rennovations are part of it. Nice retreat in the midst of the downtown area!

Visited February 2013
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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Lots of animals... hiding from the heat”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013

The zoo is always fun. But man is it getting expensive! at $13 a pop you might want to save up before bringing a large group of people. While there are a lot of varieties of animals in this zoo, most of them will be sleeping off the heat of the day - somewhere you simply cannot see them. This place is also very crowded and once you loose your party it's almost impossible to find them again. That being said, the animals that you DO get to see are cool enough to keep you comming back despite it all. My personal fave (and since they have no where to hide you can always see them) are the hoved animals.

Visited April 2012
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Tomball, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Memorable Day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2013

"If you've seen one zoo, you've seen them all." - Not true of Houston's Zoo.

The layout made it very easy to take breaks in between sections and we enjoyed the shady spots throughout the zoo. The exhibits were clean and well maintained.

Be sure to spend the money to feed the giraffes. My kids can say they've done something very few people have ever done. It was so cool!

Visited November 2012
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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great place to spend time with the Grandkids”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

The kids are excited from the minute they walked thru the gate until they collapsed in the car on the way home. The Zoo is well kept and clean. Of course it gets really crowdwd during the weekend but, I attempt to try to go during midweek wich is quiet and allows more time for the kids to view and show you the important things they see. Hard to beat the value for the time you spend.

Visited December 2012
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Monroe, Louisiana
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“talking with the animals”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013

the zoo was well laid out in sections and we enjoyed the many different birds and animals. they also have different talks on certain species all through the day. be sure and check the schedule.

Visited November 2012
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