Frank Buck Zoo Gainesville
Where are we going today?
It's animals a plenty at Frank Buck Zoo, where the family can have those animal encounters and experiences Texas style!
Frank Buck Zoo is a great place for the family, with new exhibits, programs and events all year round - there is a reason the zoo attracts 65,000 visitors a year. Now that is a lot of family fun!
The animals that you get to experience are all in comfortable, and natural habitat enclosures, and there are plenty of species to allow the kids to really learn about the creatures, and how diverse our planet really is!
One of the most popular experiences at the Frank Buck Zoo is the giraffe feeding. Held at 10:30am daily (weather permitting), it's such a fun way for the kids to see these impressive animals up close.
The events across the year are always great fun, so make sure you keep an eye out for those! Zoo Snooze is always popular, where you can experience the zoo at night. There are tents, crafts, animal encounteres, activities, and even a fun guided tour through the zoo - at night of course! What fun to spend the night with the animals all around you!
Frank Buck Zoo have Halloween events too - the Zoo Boo - which is always a great way to celebrate that SPOOKY time of the year, and around Easter they have the Eggstravaganzas, perfect to find those eggs!
So you see - Frank Buck Zoo is SO much more than a zoo! It's a place where the family can have fun, learn, and importantly - have new experiences together!
Like we said - animal encounters Texas style!
How much does it cost?
- Children$4.50 (Ages 1 to 12)
- Free Under: 12 months
When can we go?
9am - 5pm April to Aug. 10am - 4pm rest of year.
Year round. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days
They have discounted admission for students. There are Animal Encounters Programs where you can look closer at certain animals, with hands-on experiences and interactive presentations. Make sure you schedule one week in advance, with 50 people maximum.
The Frank Buck Trading Post has a variety of packaged snacks, bottled drinks and ice cream!.
Any Top Tips?
Don't miss the 10:30am giraffe feeding! It's on daily - weather permitting. Make sure you take your camera, and hats / sunscreen if it's hot!.
Need a little extra help?
If you have special needs, give them a call to see how they can assist you, and what accessibility there is.
Can I get one of those?
They of course have a gift shop where you can take home some fun souvenirs, merchandise and educational items.
The last ticket is sold 30 minutes before the closing time.
What people are saying?
by Darleta Parrish
Wonderful zoo. Very clean zoo with friendly staff. We took our twin grand babies and they loved it. They are 1.5 years and we took our wagon to pull them in. They had such a good time. The train is fun and the park is big with lots of big trees and tables everywhere. It is worth the drive to go there. Never too crowded.
by Sharlotte King
Small zoo wonderful for family fun. Interactives with animals and zoo staff, large Leonard Park close by, mini train ride, and an aquatic park. Great place to make a day of it.
by David D
This is a great zoo. It is very well maintained and the staff is very friendly and helpful. In front of the zoo there is a new splash park, a large playground, and a train ride. It is perfect for little ones and it is not overcrowded like a lot of other zoos.
by Zayne Ulrich
I love this small zoo. It is a great place for my family to take a road trip break. You can spend a few hours here and have a days worth of fun.
by A Google User
Very well-maintained zoo! It was just the right size for my 4 & 5 year olds...small enough to keep them occupied and entertained. The staff was very friendly. There were lots of shady spots with benches to sit on, although we were there first thing in the morning. Make sure to leave enough time for the awesome playground!!