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Review of Houston Zoo

Houston Zoo
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Houston City Sightseeing Tour with Round-Trip Transport to Kemah Boardwalk
Ranked #3 of 320 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, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Stroller parking
Reviewed March 21, 2013

i love the zoo and can go evry weekend if needed, just a very relaxing place to people watch and animal watch as well...its amazing how they let some of the animals walk around outside of their pens...lol but i love the houston zoo its great fun for any family

Thank KAYKAY1973
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

No matter how many times I have been to the zoo there is always something new to see. A great place for the WHOLE family.

Thank Byou3112
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Day we went was sunny and 70 degrees so it made wandering the zoo delightful. Parking was free and easy to access. A couple of school groups there but they were not distracting. Loved seeing some of the newest members especially the baby giraffe balsa had quite a few laughs at a lioness that was determined to stalk a pigeon like bird. We didn't get there until late morning so in many exhibits the animals were already starting afternoon naps. We went primarily to be out in the great weather and enjoyed the day. Fast type food available onsite. Didn't see any restaurants but there might have been one. Also a pond area you could hang out around just outside the entrance

Thank Gail P
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

The zoo is big, but only because it's spread out. There isn't a very good selection of animals, and the food is priced high. Parking was kinda hectic since it was spring break, but don't be afraid to pull into ANY parking garage and walk. I LOVED the idea of letting food stamp and WIC recipients in for free. That worked into my budget perfectly. For more info on that, look on their website. All it requires is proof of eligibility in the programs. The 4d movie was THE BEST PART of the zoo to me. WORD TO THE WISE:: PACK A COOLER!! You will save a lot of money, and they are allowed in the zoo. The zoo is also attached to a beautiful park.

Thank Paula D
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Houston zoo is excellent value for money; only 14 dollars for an adult ticket. There is so much to see here and lovely places to stop and relax, you could stay all day.
If you're not driving here, take the metro, under 2 dollars one way and very easy.
Food and drinks are naturally expensive, but you could bring a picnic with you; there are lots of picnic areas around the zoo.
There is free WiFi which is great.
Kids petting zoo was a hit.
Do consider if the Houston Pass is an option for you, it can be bought and is accepted here.
The animals look really well cared for and in top condition.

Thank JulieMSurrey
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