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“This is one of the best zoos we have found”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Houston Zoo

Houston Zoo
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Ranked #3 of 290 things to do in Houston
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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: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities
Houston, Texas
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287 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“This is one of the best zoos we have found”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

We hadn't been to the Houston Zoo in quiet a few years until this visit. They have updated and upgraded many exhibit areas since our last visit, and some large exhibit areas are being re-done now. For comparison, I will say that we went thru the San Diego Zoo a few years ago, and can say for certain that overall, the Houston Zoo was kept in cleaner and better condition than the more famous San Diego Zoo was when we were last there. We went to every exhibit area in the zoo, but did not spend time at feedings or going to any presentations, but it still took us 4 1/2 hours (non-stop) to walk thru. They had fifteen 'Meet the Keeper' talks scheduled for the day we were there. If you go to see all of the exhibits and go to some of the talks or the 4-D experience, you may want to allow two days to get it all in. They close at 6 PM and traffic is heavy in the medical center area where the zoo is, so I suggest you plan to leave before the rush hour. Also,
this is Houston and it is hot and humid in summer months, so be prepared.

Visited February 2013
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Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“good choice”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

This is the only zoo I've been to where I wanted to go back again one day.. it's not just something to do with the kids, it's fun for all as long as it's springtime or fall, it gets too hot in mid summer.

Visited September 2012
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Tyler, Texas
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“5 STAR Zoo”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

Lot's, and lot's of animals from sea, land and air. The quality of my experience here is superb, as I can compare to several other zoos. There are also a couple other attractions just next door to the zoo.
The exhibits are amazing and well cared for. This place is very big, so get ready stay awhile.

Visited May 2012
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Cypress, Texas
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332 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Its a zoo”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

Good zoo, not super outstanding but nice. Giraffe display is awesome. Will be going back soon. Don't remember much else that stood out. They were feeding the elephants while we where there and the trainer provided some nice 1/1 time with us so that was a plus.

Visited September 2012
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“Fun day at the zoo”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

A very nicely maintained zoo. We loved the reptile and amphibian house and were very pleasantly surprised with the children's zoo area - love those otters!

Visited December 2012
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