Go Wild: 9 Texas Zoos to Visit with Your Family

Looking for a unique day trip destination for your family? If you have any animal lovers in your family, you’ll want to check out one or more of these Texas zoos. 

kids at zoo feeding giraffeBayou Wildlife Zoo

5050 FM517 Alvin, TX 77511

This wildlife zoo is a must visit for both kids and adults. They have activities like baby giraffe feedings, tram rides, and shopping. Kids will love the foxes, llamas, and Pygmy goats. Check their Facebook page for updated hours and prices.

Crocodile Encounter

23231 County RD 48, Angleton, TX 77515

This cool encounter is a reptile lover’s dream! Just 40 minutes from downtown Houston, you will see turtles, snakes, lemurs, and more! They also offer birthday parties, as well as frequent educational events.

TGR Exotics Wildlife Park

22115 Sherrod Ln, Spring, TX 77389

Book online to get a chance to get up close and personal with some fascinating and exotic animals. Kids will love seeing the kangaroo and you can book a time with their sloth Stella. This park gives kids a chance to get hands-on experience that may not be offered at other zoos.

Houston Zoo

6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030

Houston Zoo is the second most visited zoo in America. It is spread over 55 acres in the middle of downtown and houses over 6,000 animals. Before you go, check out Houston Moms’ Pro Tips for Having a Great Day at the Houston Zoo

Cameron Park Zoo

1701 N 4th St, Waco, TX 76707

With creatures from the shore like alligators and beavers, this zoo sits on the banks of the Brazos River in Waco, Texas. Its highlights include a butterfly garden, a salt water aquarium, and a very highly recommended 50,000 gallon salt water tank. This zoo is worth the drive to check out some unique wildlife.

San Antonio Zoo

3903 N St Mary’s St, San Antonio, TX 78212

Over a million people each year visit this zoo, and for good reason! With a 4D theater, train rides, and animal feedings, who wouldn’t want to make a trip? With lots to do the San Antonio zoo provides education with fun. Great for all ages.

Fort Worth Zoo

1989 Colonial Pkwy, Fort Worth, TX 76110

Another must-see Texas landmark is the Fort Worth Zoo. They host multiple events during the year including night walks and kids camps. The Fort Worth Zoo is home to almost 7,000 animals and over 500 species! Visiting is a great way to provide fun education to kids while introducing them to some amazing animals.

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd, San Antonio, TX 78266

Located just outside the San Antonio area, you can choose from several options to see wildlife when visiting including self-guided tours, tram tours, group adventurers, and more.

Gladys Porter Zoo

500 E Ringgold St, Brownsville, TX 78520

A gorgeous zoological and botanical park, and with 31 acres of lush tropical plants, Gladys is a wonderful experience for the whole family. The park is split into 4 geographic areas and has some unique exhibits like the Komodo dragon exhibit and the Bear Grottos. 

This spring, go wild at one of these Texas zoos!

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