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 4,500 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care and, yes, even education! In addition, we have 1.5 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.
I remember going here as a kid and it looked like the animals were in prison (concrete floors, metal bars). The animals are now in much larger cages with more natural barriers - for me, the Houston Zoo's animal enclosures and signage rivals the San Diego and Smithsonian's National Zoo. Nice kids area with 3 playground areas, petting zoo, carousel, and my kids favorite - the Swap Shop. You can bring in natural items (bones, shells, rocks, large pine cones, etc) for points and trade for items other kids have brought in. My kids always want to go in (even when they haven't got anything) to see what's there, and I always have to drag them out. The staff is always friendly and informative (inside the Swap Shop and out). BTW, if you're a local the Zoo Membership pays for itself in 1.5 visits. You can bring your own food in.
Hands down, one of my favorite places to go in Houston. Purchasing a membership is the way to go! Beautiful scenery everywhere you walk in the zoo. During the hot summer days, there are even cool stations for guests to enjoy! It is great for all ages, adults included! And coolers are welcomed with plenty of areas to picnic at throughout the zoo!!
Sarah S Sheleski
Wonderful Zoo! Organized, clean and family friendly. You can bring in your own food and water. Also, bring a swim suit and towel for the splash pad. There are cooling mist stations around the zoo as well. Great way to spend some time in Houston. Would recommend getting there right at 9am when they open before it gets too warm.
I love going to the zoo. Just try to go when there is good weather and not on a huge weekend when too many people go because parking is not the best. Even inside the park wasn't too crowded. So many interesting things to see, my favorite was the gorilla habitat.
This is a very nice zoo. The landscaping is well kept and clean. Nice selection of animals and the reptile section is great. Drinks at the zoo are pricy but that is expected . They do let you bring in your own coolers which is great if you want to save cash. The only real complaint I'd have is the parking. We had to park a mile away and walk to the zoo. No clear signs for non locals showing how or where to park when the main parking is full.