Houston Zoo, Houston

It’s always a good day to visit the zoo.

The Houston Zoo is special in many different ways, and spending a day learning about animals and their natural habitats is interesting and exciting. Visitors and local residents have been going on zoofari at the Houston Zoo for years. It’s an interactive, fun time with tickets priced at $19.95 for adults and $15.95 for children 2 to 11 years old. Seniors who want to stroll around the beautiful zoo grounds only pay $14.95, and every contribution is used to feed, conserve, and rescue indigenous and exotic animal species.

And take note: The Houston Zoo is not one of those places that expect folks to peer through the bars of a cage at an animal in captivity. Patrons are encouraged to try holding friendly iguanas and feed the animals under safely controlled circumstances. This is a great way to introduce children to wildlife without fear or worry. Many parents who grew up afraid of reptiles bring their children here to interact with the creatures so that they don’t have the same anxieties.

Favorite attractions the Houston Zoo holds for visitors are the elephant enclosure, the giraffe petting area, and the Texas wetlands environment. In summer, the zoo stays open until 9 p.m. or 10 p.m., which gives everyone a good chance to see all the animals and attend a few feedings and displays.

The Houston Zoo is as much about the people as it is about the animals, and they always have something fun planned for visitors. Be sure to check the zoo’s events page at least once a month to see what the latest parties and previews are. Recent zoo adventures have included Earth Day, Save the Species Day, Snake and Baby Elephant saving strategies, and the Annual Zoo Ball and sit-down supper. The schedule is updated every 24 hours and features a different animal of the day.

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