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Houston Zoo, Houston

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A support line for at least 12 species' conservation programs, Houston Zoo is also home to more than 6,000 animals. The attraction is the tenth-largest zoo in North America and hosts more than 1.8 million visitors every year. Stop by the Masai giraffe area to meet the occupants up close and get a chance to feed them. Check out the 4-D movie experience, which adds mist and smells to an already thrilling 3-D film experience. Plan your Houston Zoo visit and explore what else you can see and do in Houston using our Houston trip planner .
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  • This is a great zoo, with lots of animals. The exhibits are clean and the animals all look healthy and well cared for. Like most attractions in Texas, they offer a substantial military discount. Lots ...  more »
  • One of the best zoos I've been to. Large variety of animals, well cared for and staff was very enthusiastic and professional.  more »
  • I thought the zoo was nice. The gardens are lovely with shady paths. We were disappointed that there was no particular American or Texan section. The bear enclosure is being renovated so we couldn’t v...  more »
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  • 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.
  • The zoo is amazing. Very clean and they have a lot of animals here. The animals have a good amount of space. Also feeding the giraffes is so much fun! For like $7 you can feed them big pieces of lettuce and they'll eat it from your hand. Definitely must try that
  • Houston Zoo Lights was ok. If you plan on attending, buy your tickets in advance. If you don't, the lines are crazy long! Also, make sure that you read where you need to park so that the trams will pick you up! You won't be able to park in the "normal," park area. There's simply too many people trying to attend this annual event. On the other hand, if you attend the Houston Zoo during daylight hours, you won't be disappointed. The zoo is one of the best in the country, and it is highly underestimated.
  • Great free parking. Good selection of animals to view. I wish there was more information on things like how big the animals get, age they live to, etc. The app could use since overhaul. Overall though our experience was very fun! Good indoor cooling off areas. Food was good, just pricey - will bring our own next time.
  • Amazing and clean establishment covering various types of animals and they seem to be well taken care of. It's not just for profit but it also aims to educate the public about conservation. Even though it was hot, the map can tell you where the indoor cold spots are. Food is a bit pricy but they allow outside food. The place is also clean and barely smells (as expected). It is massive! So you'll need the whole day. Staff are super friendly and helpful. Parking can be difficult but it's free.

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If you come to Houston to splurge while on holiday, book a luxurious room at a downtown hotel. This area is an ideal base for getting to know Houston, offering you a chance to stay within walking distance of one of the country's largest theater districts. Houston bills itself as the "Energy Capital of the World," so it's no surprise that it houses many "green" hotels, their garages designed to cater to electric vehicle owners. For something completely different, enjoy a Texas country experience at a working ranch outside the city limits.
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