The Houston Zoo, located within Hermann Park, has been in operation since 1922. It is without a doubt one of the most popular places to visit in the entire city, and it's central location near other attractions such as Hermann Park itself and the Museum District makes it easily accessible. It features exotic animals from all over the world, such as lions, hippopotami, penguins, and a variety of primates. There are several refreshment stands around the grounds in case you need a snack or a cool drink on a hot Houston summer's day. And the gift shop has a slew of souvenirs for you to purchase to remember your trip here. The zoo was free to enter up until 1988, but the fees now are still very reasonable for all that you can experience while here.It open everyday of the year except Christmas Day.
Fun Day Trip -The Houston Zoo is located in Hermann Park . This is my favorite park in Houston area. Not only does it house the zoo, has beautiful water fountains, train ride for the kids,playground and Japanese Tea Garden. The Zoo is a relatively inexpensive trip (at least compared to other zoos we have been to) and the kids always love the zoo!
A very popular visitor attraction in Houston, the Houston Zoo is home to over 700 species of animals, reptiles and amphibians and covers 22 hectares (55 acres). The zoo was established in Hermann Park in 1922 - with a handful of animals - and has grown steadily since the federal government gave the city zoo a bison named 'Earl' in 1920. It is now an important centre for conservation and research. Most days, there are opportunities to view the feeding of certain animals, such as vampire bats, and also to see demonstrations by sea lions. The Wortham World of Primates is a lush 0.88-hectare (2.2-acre) rainforest and the natural habitat for 13 species of monkeys and apes. Other popular attractions are the big cats, including white tigers, leopards and jaguars.
My whole family went to the zoo in the fall (September). We took my nephews who were 1 and 3 at the time. Although it was still pretty hot, we had a great time. The animals here are healthy, and well taken care of. There are shows you can see, the schedule is online. There are some indoor areas to get out of the heat: the reptiles and amphibian center, bird house, and the fish center.
There's so much to do here, other than the animals, though. There is a cafe to pick up snacks or a meal in between if you'd rather eat there. There is a small water area for kids to run around in and get wet. There's a playground with play equipment (slides, climbing). There is a carousel (additional cost) that my 3 year old nephew loved to ride. In the Kids' Zoo area there is a petting zoo with goats you can brush (no additional cost).
Daylight Savings Time
March 14 – November 6, 2010 9 a.m.* – 7 p.m. Last admission at 6 p.m.
Central Standard Time
November 7, 2010 – March 13, 2011 9 a.m.* – 6 p.m. Last admission at 5 p.m.
**FREE on the first Tuesday of every month after 2pm
Children 0-1 FREE
Children 2-11 $8.00
Adults 12-64 $12.00
Senior 65+ $6.50
Wildlife Carousel Tokens for Members $1.25
Wildlife Carousel Tokens for Non-Members $2.50
They also have Military Discounts that gets 5 people in with one ID. (That's how we got in so cheap. :D)
*Admission to the zoo used to be free on National holidays but this program had to be cancelled as it caused too much of a traffic build up in the area, including the most important Medical Center. (Thanks to Brian Hill, Director of Public Affairs for the Houston Zoo for the correction.)
Things to Consider:
-Strollers are recommended for children, as it gets very hot and all the walking can tire the kids out.
-Strollers can be purchased if you didn't bring one. Wheelchairs can also be rented for older guests or ones who are injured.
-Holidays and summers can be very crowded with day care groups, and their teachers do not always assume good control over them.
-With the heat of Houston, the animals may be snoozing and laying around more on hot days, so if you find yourself on a very warm day, be prepared to see the animals just laying around resting and staying still.
*The Houston Zoo has recently added an African Safari exhibit, costing millions of dollars. It is a new habitat for chimpanzees, rhinos and giraffes that more resembles their natural habitat.
*Get coupons at the Visitors Center for a few dollars off or free childrens' entrance with purchase of adult (above tip provided for location).
You can see more pictures of the general areas/attractions in my Houston Zoo Travelogue. :)
Effective September 1, 2010 the Houston Zoo will offer free admission on the first Tuesday of every month from 2 p.m. until closing. For more information, visit the Zoo's Web site at www.houstonzoo.org/hours.
The Zoo's address has changed as well. The front gate address is 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030.
Houston zoo is very big (55 acres), so prepare to spend the whole day there, they have a huge collection of animals , unique one, not less interesting than the Bronx zoo have. The zoo was founded in 1922,located in Herman park it’s home to more than 3500 animals from Asian elephants and California sea lions to okapis and Komodo Dragons. Special features include spectacle bear facility, the only giant elands on exhibit in any Texas zoo. Exhibits include collections of reptiles and birds and the Wortham World of Primates, a 2.2 acre naturalistic habitat for the Zoo‘s orangutans and other primates. At the McGovern Children zoo’s “contact area” my daughter petted all kind of sheep and goats. I couldn’t wait till she’s done. Next to this area they keep zebus, that is very silly statement, but before I saw them, I thought they didn’t exist ,and it’s made up word that means cow, just to make it sound funny for kids. Anyway, it
Is a tropical cattle, that looks a lot like a cow! They have a huge collection of birds from Asia and Africa, and as all birds from those places they are very colorful! Another attractive and amazing thing they do their they feed lions and you can watch them doing it. You stay like 5 feet away from the fence and see them eating their food (treats mostly, according to instructor they eat 6pounds a day, but they give much less for show) ,it reminds your home cats a lot, but they are much bigger! I’ll just list several animals that are unique for me, I was surprised to see them there, but they do have such a rich collection at Houston Zoo: Bongo antelopes (native to Kenya, they are so cute, but also endangered, they wallow frequently in mud afterwards rubbing the mud against a tree, polishing their horns!),tapirs (are resemble pigs, but related to rhinos, horses and zebras, they are threatened), maned wolf (their nickname is stiff legged fox” because their long legs, my daughter thinks they look exactly like foxes),okapi(was known as African unicorn long time ago, are a relative of a giraffe(there are giraffes at the zoo too) and have a long tongue, and can lick his own eye ball and it’s endangered),clouded leopards(can climb down a tree head first),fossa (native to Madagascar, related to mongoose),margay (are spotted cats, native to South and Central America),Ocelot(endangered and live in South America),leopards(are stable),jaguars and cougars (both can purr) and more and much more. Plus, admission is very cheap, comparatively to Philadelphia one. I enjoyed it very much.
The zoo is a great place to take visiting family and kids! Located in Hermann Park in downtown Houston, come take a journey to the wildlife! There is also a carousel in the park you can ride at $2.00/person. Admission is: Adults $8.00, children 2-11 $4.00, & 2 and under are free.
The Zoo is FREE on the following holidays:
Martin Luther King Day
The Friday after Thanksgiving
The only place in Houston where you can see live wild animals of all kinds in their natural habitat. (Besides the cages) The zoo was founded in 1922. It houses more than 3500 different animals. My son really enjoys going to the zoo. He especially likes the Children's Zoo and the Discovery Center. I HIGHLY recommend it for those with energetic kids. By the time you're done, the kids will sleep like angels. (Hint, Hint) The cost is minimal to enter. $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for kids 3-12, and free for 2 and under. One more thing, if you plan on visiting on a hot summer day. Take plenty of drinking water. Believe me, YOU WILL SWEAT.
The Children's Zoo is pretty self explaining. It's the only place in the zoo where you can actually walk up and pet the animals. Of course, we're talking about baby goats to cows. They even have chickens and ducks waddling around. The young ones should enjoy themselves. And of course, they have an area to wash your hands. (For those of you worried about cooties) FYI... this place is inside the Houston Zoo.
The Houston Zoo is great for all you zoo lovers and those travelling with children! There are many exhibits, and there is almost always some kind of newborn animal. When I went, I paid only $1.50, however, there has been a recent price increase to $5 for adults and $2 for children (age 2-12). It is still worth it, though. And, near certain holidays, they do offer free days. Just check the website.
Daily from 10a-6p
A Texas-sized zoo! Nicely laid out with lots of shade and benches for resting and observing the animals.
Open 365 days-a-year.
Admission: $7 adult, $3 child