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Cheetahs at Houston Zoo Cheetahs at Houston Zoo Photo: Karamash via Wikimedia

All zoos are alike. Sure, that may be true. There are cages, and there are animals in those cages. But what sets a great zoo apart from other typical zoos out there? First, if the animals are unique, and second, if there are other activities apart from just looking at animals in cages all day.

It’s not as boring as you think, visiting zoos. If you check out the Houston Zoo, you will know exactly what I mean. The Houston Zoo is a 55-acre park, and is located inside Hermann Park in Houston, Texas. The sprawling zoo houses about 6,000 animals, and around 900 animal species. That is a lot of animals to see!

You can explore, and get to know the various animals found in the zoo. There are amphibians, reptiles, mammals, birds, and aquatic animals. There are large animals, the ever-present lions and tigers, even a grizzly bear. The smaller ones include foxes, armadillos, monkeys, and African-painted dogs. If you are a little bit braver, you can also check out the rattlesnakes, the pythons, the copperheads, the American alligators. As you can see, there are enough reptiles to make your skin crawl for a long time. Of course, all of these animals are majestic and is such an experience to see, so make sure that you catch a glimpse of all 6,000 of these animals.

Clashing Rhinos

Clashing Rhinos                                                                                           Photo: Paul Hudson


Aside from this, the Houston Zoo provides a unique and fun experience to its visitors. If you want some fun in an indoor venue, try the 4-D experience. You get all the features of a 3-D (short) movie, plus extra tactical effects – such as scents, bubbles, mists and even more! It really makes movie watching more experiential.

Get cozy with the giraffes by feeding them. It will be a truly unforgettable experience to feed these tall animals. They are the gentlest animals so even kids can do it.

If you want to take a break from all the experiential activities, you can take a turn through the Wildlife carousel. Riding the carousel will help the zoo, as a portion of its ticket sales are dedicated to conservation of the zoo.

Monitor Lizard

Monitor Lizard                                                                                                Photo: Mike Fisher


If you or your kids are naturally curious, and have found various strange objects from nature, you can bring these and swap them at the Naturally Wild Swap Shop. Depending on the uniqueness of your find, you will get points for it. Those points can be traded for any of the items found in the shop. What an interesting way to explore nature!

The heat can be exhausting, especially for the children, so help them cool off by heading to the Water Play Park. It’s a fun and playful water park, and you can definitely enjoy cooling off.


Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Address/Map:  6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (713) 533-6500
Website: Plan your visit to Houston Zoo
Adults 12-64: $15 | Seniors: $8.50 | Children 2-11: $11
Free for Children under 2