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Dallas Zoo
650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35E)
Dallas
TX
75203
Tel: 214 670 5656

Directions

Location 650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35E), Dallas, TX 75203. The Zoo is located three miles south of downtown Dallas, on I-35E at the Marsalis exit. By Car: Exit Marsalis Avenue from I-35E. Go 1/8 mile on the north service road. Turn right at the giant giraffe statue marking the entrance to the Dallas Zoo’s Parking Lot. By DART: Take the DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) RED LINE to the Dallas Zoo Station.

Where are we going today?

Dallas Zoo is 95 acres of animal fun! Not only do they have animals from all around the world that you can visit, encounters and learn about, but they have a host of amazing exhibits and experiences ready to be enjoyed by families just like you!

During your time at Dallas Zoo, it will feel like you are traveling the world without even leaving Texas! Immerse yourself in the African savanna, get lost in the South American rain forests, or explore the Outback of Australia! And the great thing is they have brought all the animals to you!

The zoo is great for kids who can encounter animals they might not have ever heard of, see their favorites, and also learn all about their habits and habitats as they wander round the enclosures.

Enjoy some self-exploration on the Gorilla Trail, or visit the Lacerte Family Children's Zoo which is ideal for kids of all ages. 

And those experiences we mentioned? Well, how do you feel about feeding birds by hand in the Travis & Zach's bird landing, or actually feeding giraffes in the Giants of the Savanna experience?

If you can't get enough of learning, you can check out the free daily bird shows, or for something different why not try out the fun Endangered Species Carousel? There's always time for a ride on a carousel!

Keep an eye out for some exhibits that are always changing at Dallas Zoo. You never know - you might be coming face to face with dinosaurs - and we bet you didn't expect THAT in a zoo!

For that amazing experience of coming face to face with some of the most amazing creatures on the planet, and learning all about conservation and endangered species, then Dallas Zoo should be on your family day out list! 

Don't forget the camera! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$15
  • Children$12 (Ages 3 to 11)
  • Free Under: 2 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

9am - 5pm

All year round. Closed Christmas Day

Teachers corner

With overnight programs, field trip options, and other fun programs for students, of course it's a great place to visit with students! You must reserve 2 weeks in advance. .

I'm Hungry!

There are two grills (Wilds of Africa is seasonal) where you can get burgers, BBQ, hot dogs, pizza, ice cream...and other fun foods to keep those tummies full! .

Healthy Eating!

They have fresh salads available, or you can bring your own food and drink.

Any Top Tips?

When you arrive, check what events or attractions are happening that day so you can plan your day around the ones you want to experience! .

Doing our bit

The zoo are always working towards conservation, and they have a mission to help species in captivity .

Baby Facilities

You can rent strollers for $8 single and $12 double .

Can I get one of those?

The Zoofari Market has gifts, shirts, hats, toys, games, stuffed animals....phew better bring those pennies! .

More information

Parking is $8 but free for Dallas Zoo members .

What people are saying?

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    Initially I posted my review on Yelp. I was notified today by Yelp that my review was removed, apparently because Dallas Zoo management does not like my honest review.

    I gave the following review and the actual facts that were published in the public news channels.

    Very disorganized and mismanaged place. Every time when I hear their animal gets out, it concerns me about the safety. I wonder how well organized the place is. News that show how Dallas Zoo is disorganized and mismanaged:

    1. August 5, 2014: Bear Escapes Texas Zoo, No One Hurt, http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/08/05/texas-zoo-locked-down-after-bear-escapes-habitat/

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    Shes bad animals im not like becase im like legos

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    First off, I am not the worlds biggest zoo fan. Its just not my favorite place to visit. That said, of all the zoos I have visited this one was average. We took our two sons for their first zoo trip. The Dallas facilities are fine but could use a little upgrading in my opinion. My favorite animal, the tiger, was nowhere to be seen. The elephant exhibit was OK, they were a bit far off as they were under some shade, understandably. The giraffe feeding exhibit let's you get up close and personal with them. My son and I experienced a giraffe sneeze!...Read More

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    Having been to the Houston zoo plus Dallas aquarium I feel the Dallas zoo could be a great zoo but there are a few problems.

    First the good things, I feel the lion and cheetah exhibits plus Giraffe and aviary are nice and love how close you can get to the animals. Plus the feedings/encounters are a nice touch for photos.

    Also get there early or wait until 4:30 before seeing the Texas Cats, they are either sleeping or waiting for the sun to go down before becoming animated. I was taken aback by the early closing time also, just when it started...Read More

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    I enjoyed going to the Dallas Zoo. It was a very fun experience in my opinion!! I saw alot of animals. I like various kinds of animals!! Its alot of walking!! Make sure you wear a hat, take a water bottle and wear tennis shoes!! I wanted to see the lions but maybe they were hiding or with the vets. The food is too expensive!! The animals environment was pretty awesome!! I would enjoy going back during the Fall or Spring season!!

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Initially I posted my review on Yelp. I was notified today by Yelp that my review was removed, apparently because Dallas Zoo management does not like my honest review.

I gave the following review and the actual facts that were published in the public news channels.

Very disorganized and mismanaged place. Every time when I hear their animal gets out, it concerns me about the safety. I wonder how well organized the place is. News that show how Dallas Zoo is disorganized and mismanaged:

1. August 5, 2014: Bear Escapes Texas Zoo, No One Hurt, http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/08/05/texas-zoo-locked-down-after-bear-escapes-habitat/

2. November 18, 2013: Lion Kills Lioness In Attack At Dallas Zoo That Stuns Visitors, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/18/lion-attack-dallas-zoo-lioness-killed_n_4296207.html

3. August 6, 2014: Mono-Fail: Dallas Zoo Monorail Rescue, http://cw33.com/2014/08/06/mono-fail-dallas-zoo-monorail-rescue/

4. March 18, 2004: A 340-pound gorilla named Jabari breaks out of its enclosure at the Wilds of Africa exhibit at the Dallas Zoo and goes on a 40-minute rampage through a forest, snatching up a toddler with his teeth and attacking three other people before being shot to death by officers.

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I have to say I am really disappointed that Yelp succumb to corporate pressure and disallow people/consumer telling the truth!

Continued disallowing people telling the truth does not help the zoo improve their management nor will help Yelp to be an honest online review site.

Just my two cents.

by Brad Magness

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First off, I am not the worlds biggest zoo fan. Its just not my favorite place to visit. That said, of all the zoos I have visited this one was average. We took our two sons for their first zoo trip. The Dallas facilities are fine but could use a little upgrading in my opinion. My favorite animal, the tiger, was nowhere to be seen. The elephant exhibit was OK, they were a bit far off as they were under some shade, understandably. The giraffe feeding exhibit let's you get up close and personal with them. My son and I experienced a giraffe sneeze! I wouldn't pay the five bucks for giraffe food though. There were plenty of people there to do if for us. As stated in other reviews, lots of walking involved. My toddler was finished after an hour. Bring a stroller or you can rent one there for a few bucks. The monorail was closed on our visit. I'm not sure I would have ridden it anyway. Overall a fun experience. We found discount tickets so the price was good.

by Michael Adame

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Having been to the Houston zoo plus Dallas aquarium I feel the Dallas zoo could be a great zoo but there are a few problems.

First the good things, I feel the lion and cheetah exhibits plus Giraffe and aviary are nice and love how close you can get to the animals. Plus the feedings/encounters are a nice touch for photos.

Also get there early or wait until 4:30 before seeing the Texas Cats, they are either sleeping or waiting for the sun to go down before becoming animated. I was taken aback by the early closing time also, just when it started feeling nice it is 5:00 and time to leave. Other zoos stay open till 7:00 or even 8:00pm.

Now the negatives, if you go prepare to walk! This place is huge but it doesn't do much with the space provided. It feels like these enclosures are big which is nice for the animals but not for viewing them.
Also there is little to no cover/shade so be ready and wear a cap and bring the sunblock. Also the monorail was a bit of a let down. It is nice to sit down and see the animals from another POV but there is no A/C in the passenger cars plus it def. looks it's age.
The reptile and insect buildings need to take a page from other zoos on presentation.

And lastly the monorail is not worth the price IMO but if you have kiddos they will get a kick out of it.
The Dallas zoo is one of the oldest in Texas and is still worth the visit but go in early and prepare yourself for the elements.

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