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.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
Tours to Houston Zoo
£49 BOOK WITH VIATOR Houston City Tour 2.5 hour Houston City Tour 2.5 hour
Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes
£10 BOOK WITH VIATOR Houston Scavenger Hunt: Houston's Museum District Houston Scavenger Hunt: Houston's Museum District
Duration: 2 hours
£5 BOOK WITH VIATOR Houston Self-Guided Audio Tour Houston Self-Guided Audio Tour
Duration: 1 to 6 hours
£215 BOOK WITH VIATOR Vacation Photographer in Houston Vacation Photographer in Houston
Duration: 30 minutes
Houston Zoo reviews
While the zoo is well done, I was surprised that a city the size of Houston didn’t have a larger zoo. Also, while most parks like to advertise their contributions to breeding programs, I don’t recall.... more
While the zoo is well done, I was surprised that a city the size of Houston didn’t have a larger zoo. Also, while most parks like to advertise their contributions to breeding programs, I don’t recall.... more »
One of the best zoos I’ve been to in ages. We did have some difficulties getting there as we took the train from downtown to zoo area. There is the huge Texas Hospital complex at the train exit. We...
One of the best zoos I’ve been to in ages. We did have some difficulties getting there as we took the train from downtown to zoo area. There is the huge Texas Hospital complex at the train exit. We... more »
We went during the week and our reservation time was for 9:00 am so it was easy to park and get in the zoo. The later you go, parking becomes a nightmare, so keep that in mind. We had a great visit. I love that it opens at 9 because it gives the kids and I time to enjoy the zoo before it’s lunch and nap time. We were lucky and the animals were out and about that day. The other guests there were respectful or space and taking turns. Some people wore masks, some did not. The only place I was nervous about the closeness was in the reptile house, so we hurried through and continued seeing the animals that are outside. I do wish there were more bathrooms along the way. Seeing the zoo with 2 little ones, someone always has to use the bathroom, ALWAYS. It was a great trip to the zoo. I know we could have easily spent more time there.
BOO ZOO! One of our favorite times of year to visit the zoo. Great experience for the family as always. Parking was not awful today but I will say the last 5 times we’ve tried to go on Friday or Saturday we haven’t found a parking spot. Definitely would recommend going during the week and earlier in the day if at all possible. But once you get inside it’s a really great zoo! Tons of updates have happened since we’ve moved here nearly 10 years ago and I feel like each time we go there are always improvements happening to make the zoo even better!
Plan your trip to Houston
- Get a personalized tripA full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
- Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
- Book itChoose from the best hotels and activities. Up to 50% off
- Manage itEverything in one place. Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Houston
Side trips from Houston
Museums in Houston
Hidden gems in Houston
Parks in Houston
Trips in Houston Zoo by other users
1 day in Houston BY A USER FROM MEXICO Houston Zoo Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park Children's Museum Houston 18 days in United States & Europe BY A USER FROM MEXICO Houston Amsterdam Brussels 57 days in Continental USA, Victoria & Niagara Falls BY A USER FROM INDIA Seattle Sitka Skagway 5 days in Houston BY A USER FROM JAPAN The Houston Museum of Natural Science Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Czech Center Museum Houston 43 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA Buffalo Cleveland Detroit 16 days in Houston BY A USER FROM MEXICO Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum Galveston Historic Seaport - Home of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA Kemah Boardwalk