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6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX
URL: Houston Zoo  Phone: 713-533-6500
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Activity Overview

The Houston Zoo is a fun, interactive, and educational destination for families visiting the Houston, Texas area. Not only is this venue the ideal place to see and experience a variety of exotic and local animal species, but there are plenty of hands-on activities for kids of all ages. In fact, the Houston Zoo has a renowned section, the John P. McGovern Children's Zoo, that is entirely dedicated to kid friendly demonstrations and activities.

Things to Do

There are a plethora of different family oriented activities and displays at the Houston Zoo. Animal exhibits are categorized based on habitat, and zoo visitors can enjoy more than 10 different environments that showcase more than 6,000 animals. Some of the most recommended adventures include:

  • Interactive giraffe feeding
  • 4-D movie experiences
  • Wildlife Carousel
  • Zoo Yoga & Wild Wheels baby & toddler programs (require advanced registration)
  • Zoo Overnight experiences
  • Camp Zoofari (summer camp)
  • Petting Zoo
  • Butterfly Pavilion
  • Playground
  • Nature Swap Shop

The Houston Zoo also features an array of opportunities exclusive to teenagers. From seasonal volunteer work to career conferences and week long camps, there are plenty of ways that older kids can participate and learn about conservation, animal care, and the functional operations of zoo life.

Houston Zoo Insider Tips

  • From September to May, the Houston Zoo features free admission the first Tuesday of each month, from 2 pm until closing time.
  • Check out their website for more information regarding exclusive group/member discounts.
  • Outside food and drink are allowed in the zoo, but there are also plenty of onsite dining options that are both convenient and delicious.
  • The Houston Zoo is a great place to hold a large gathering or celebration. Their meeting and event space is the perfect option for wedding receptions, family reunions, and birthday parties.

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