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Austin Zoo
10808 Rawhide Trail
Austin
TX
78736
Tel: 5122881490

Directions

We are located 2.5 miles past the "Y" in Oak Hill on Hwy 290 West. From North IH 35, go south to exit 230 (that is the Johnson City exit). After taking that exit, you are on 290 West. Follow 290 for 15 miles. Turn right on Circle Drive and follow that for 1 1/2 miles. Turn right on Rawhide Trail and follow that down into the zoo.
 From Mopac North, take Mopac South to the 290 West exit. Follow 290 West for 10 miles. Turn right on Circle Drive and follow that for 1 1/2 miles. Turn right on Rawhide Trail and follow that down into the zoo. From Buda/ Kyle, go North on IH 35 to the Slaughter Lane exit and turn left. Follow it for 20 miles until it dead ends. At the dead end which is 1826, turn right. Follow 1826 down to the traffic light and turn left. That is 290 West. Follow 290 West to the next traffic light called Circle Drive, and turn right. Follow that for 1 1/2 miles. Turn right on Rawhide Trail and follow that down into the zoo. From Dripping Springs, take 290 East to Circle Drive (at the light and next to Buddy's Corner Store) and turn left. Follow Circle Drive for 1 1/2 miles. Turn right on Rawhide Trail and follow that down into the zoo.

Where are we going today?

A trip to the zoo with the family can be quite a magical experience - strolling through the grounds and encountering animals from all over the world. You can see your favorites, and even some that will surprise you!

Austin Zoo is no different. This fun Texas zoo has over 350 animals from over 100 species all waiting to make friends with you! It's a great way for kids to have amazing animal encounters, as well as learning all about their habits and habitats.

Fun and education rolled up into one! Perfect!

The aim of the zoo is to hep animals that need to be rescued or rehabilitated, so you know that all of the animals there are in a much better place for being in the zoo. 

Are you ready to meet some of the animals! There are many happy families at Austin Zoo - and we don't just mean yours! You see, creatures like tigers and lions belong to the Big Cat family, and snakes and lizards are from the reptile family. So as you go round, you can know that these creatures are part of a family just like you!

The Big Cat family includes leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, tigers, and those beautiful lions. But did you know that only the jaguar, tiger and lion can roar? Pretty incredible isn't it! (Here's a fun fact - the cheetah actually purrs like your pet cat would!)

The monkey family are often the cheekiest of the bunch! There are always so many amazing species - from the Capuchin Monkey to the Common Marmoset, learning about their story will fascinate kids. 

Just some of the creatures you'll encounter!

Did you think that Austin Zoo would have a train ride? Yep! You can enjoy a 20 minute ride in between enjoying the animals.  Austin Zoo also have keeper talks, as well as story time sessions which are always fun for those little ones!

Zoo fun is waiting at this Texas family favorite - don't forget your camera!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$9
  • Children$6 for ages 2 - 12
  • Free Under: 2 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

9:30am open. 6pm close Feb to Oct. 5:30pm close Nov to Jan

All year round. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days

Teachers corner

They are happy to schedule field trips weekdays from 9:30am - 5pm. They offer check in times at 15 minute intervals. .

I'm Hungry!

They have a concession stand open Friday to Sunday, which sell drinks, snacks and shaved ice. Cash only..

Healthy Eating!

Visitors are free to bring in their own food and drink to enjoy in the Picnic Grove. Then it can be as healthy as you like!.

Any Top Tips?

Grab some animal food for $2.50 for the deer, llamas and goats!.

Doing our bit

The zoo rehabilitate and rescue animals. Some animals were laboratory research, some were abandoned and some weren't cared for properly. So they really are saving their lives! .

Need a little extra help?

Give them a call to check the accessibility of the zoo grounds .

Baby Facilities

There is a baby changing room available.

Can I get one of those?

What would a zoo be without a gift shop! Pick up books, educational toys, stuffed animals, and Hill country gifts..

More information

The train is $2.50 per ride. Don't forget you can get annual membership too if you love the zoo and plan to keep returning! It's worth the money.

What people are saying?

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    It was not pleasant at all. We saw just a couple animals in the zoo and all of them were kept in small not maintaned cages. It was hard to see poor animals in such conditions. And the zoo is not mantained at all. If you want to see a real zoo, go to the Waco zoo.

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    The Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary is a wonderful place. They are a private non-profit zoo that rescues and rehabilitates animals. It's a small zoo, takes about 2 hours to go through the whole thing. They have a fun petting zoo for kids and you can buy food to feed the animals. You can also bring your own food and drinks . It's a great place for kids and adults!

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    The Austin Zoo is a great place to take younger children. You can walk the entire zoo in under 2 hours. The trails are mainly unpaved and there are some slight hills, so wear comfortable walking shoes. Don't miss the train ride for $2.50 a person and the bags for feed for $2. The best time to come is in the mornings when the animals are the most active. This morning we enjoyed watching the three new bear cubs play. This is a great place to learn about animal rescue. Once we brought in donations of toys for the animals and saw them immediately put...Read More

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    Having been born and raised in Austin, I have been to the zoo a number of times. But I had never really BEEN TO THE ZOO until my last visit with coworkers for a team day.

    It was an incredible experience!

    When I was younger I would go around and be amazed at the animals due to their sheer size. When I was a teen I thought the entire zoo was kind of small and pathetic compared to other zoos I had visited. But when I went this last time as an adult, we had a private guided tour with a woman who is seriously the Zoo Whisperer. She knew each of the...Read More

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    A very nice little zoo/sanctuary. :-) The best part is that you get to see the animals a lot closer than you can at other places. The bear cubs were really cool to see.

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by Melissa Tyree

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The Austin Zoo is a great place to take younger children. You can walk the entire zoo in under 2 hours. The trails are mainly unpaved and there are some slight hills, so wear comfortable walking shoes. Don't miss the train ride for $2.50 a person and the bags for feed for $2. The best time to come is in the mornings when the animals are the most active. This morning we enjoyed watching the three new bear cubs play. This is a great place to learn about animal rescue. Once we brought in donations of toys for the animals and saw them immediately put to use!

by Annie-Lee Taylor

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Having been born and raised in Austin, I have been to the zoo a number of times. But I had never really BEEN TO THE ZOO until my last visit with coworkers for a team day.

It was an incredible experience!

When I was younger I would go around and be amazed at the animals due to their sheer size. When I was a teen I thought the entire zoo was kind of small and pathetic compared to other zoos I had visited. But when I went this last time as an adult, we had a private guided tour with a woman who is seriously the Zoo Whisperer. She knew each of the animals personally, told us the stories about all of them and because she has such a relationship with them, they all ended up coming up right within arms length.

Reading the information by the habitats is a lot different than hearing someone passionate about these rescues speak about it. If you can afford the private tour, it is absolutely worth it.

That experience definitely changed my opinion of this zoo and I am glad that we have something as incredible as that in Austin.

The Weather

Saturday

Conditions: Overcast
Temp: 52° F / 11° C
Humidity: 70 %
Wind: SSE - 7 MPH

Sunday

Conditions: Overcast
Temp: 70° F / 21° C
Humidity: 81 %
Wind: SSW - 15 MPH

Monday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 70° F / 21° C
Humidity: 71 %
Wind: NNW - 5 MPH

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