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Houston Zoological Gardens

  • 6200 Hermann Park Dr. Map It
  • Museum District
  • Garden/Arboretum

Fodor's Review

This small but pleasant zoo is home to 4,500 animals, housed in carefully designed ecosystems along shaded trails. Be sure to visit the boardwalks and treehouses of the Wortham World of Primates. If you need a break from the heat, take a spin on the climate-controlled Wildlife Carousel near the Children's Zoo. The zoo is free on certain holidays: Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Sight Information


6200 Hermann Park Dr., Houston, Texas, 77030, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $10
  • Daily 9–6 (and open until 7 during Daylight Savings Time)


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By Don

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Dec 2, 2005

Zoo is just so-so

My family and I love zoos and always visit the local zoo whenever and wherever we go on vacation. Houston's zoo is surprisingly mediocre. It is not bad per se, just old with out dated cages as opposed to more modern naturalistic exhibits offering the animals lots of space. The day we visited it seemed that at leat 20-30% of the exhibits were not open. The signage is scanty in in many places simply absent. Certainly no ideas in visitor education.

A few of the exhibits are quite modern and pleasing and one gets the impression that the zoo is slowly modernizing. Still, for a city that claims to be the 4th largest in the nation the zoo is surprisingly ho-hum. We're happy to have seen it but wouldn't visit it on a return trip to Houston

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By noel

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Jan 6, 2005

Hot, Large and needs newness

The Houston Zoo is still pretty darned good, but they need to get some modern and newer looking exhibits. They need more ways to cool off and better concession food. They have some great animals, especially, birds and primates. The herps are a great collection, but need more exciting exhibits. Too much focus is on the hooved stock. The giraffes are awesome though. It will be nice to have the small mammal building open again.

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