Zoos in DENTON with kids

It’s animal time in Denton, Texas and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Denton because this The Lone Star State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Frank Buck Zoo

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    (28 miles) Gainesville

    Plenty of contented animals to watch, animal exhibits, events and programs. The kids will love feeding the giraffes, you can do this daily at 10.30am so head out early!

  • The Dallas World Aquarium

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    (35 miles) Dallas

    Explore under the oceans at Dallas World Aquarium, with creatures from all across the globe ready to be experienced by kids!

  • Fort Worth Zoo

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    (36 miles) Fort Worth

    Visit the oldest zoo in Texas, with 16 permanent exhibits, animals from all around the world, a water park and great learning opportunities for kids!

  • Dallas Zoo

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    (38 miles) Dallas

    95 acres of amazing animal attractions for the family to enjoy in Dallas - with additional exhibits and animals encounters!

  • In Sync Exotics

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    (39 miles) Wylie

    Join the weekend self-guided tours of this amazing facility dedicated to the rescue of neglected, abused and unwanted exotic felines. Texas animal fun!

  • Cypress Lake Ranch Amazing Animal Adventures

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    (58 miles) Bonham

    A great experience for animal lovers out on the farm. Kids will love spending the day with the ponies and all the other cute animals! They are also great for birthday parties.

  • Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

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    (81 miles) Glen Rose

    1800 acres of wildlife in this self drive-through safari experience, with animals from all over the world, including that special white rhino.

  • Arbuckle Wilderness

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    (85 miles) Davis

    Over 200 acres of Arbuckle Mountains where exotic animals roam free! Reptile and a petting zoo al featured at this family friendly Oklahoma zoo!

  • GW Interactive Zoo

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    (98 miles) Wynnewood

    Have fun visiting the largest center in the world for big cats open to the public. Take the endangered adventure tour and play with baby tigers, lions, bears!

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  • Going Bonkers

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    (17 miles) Lewisville

    Thousands of square feet of playground, with mesh tubing, zip lines, slides, and play for kids kids in Lewisville - and adults too if you like!

  • The Coop

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    (18 miles) Frisco

    A cool and modern play space for kids AND parents in Frisco, with ball pits, slides, dress up, coloring books, and so much more!

  • Great Play of Frisco

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    (20 miles) Frisco

    Award winning programs that make developing motor and sports skills FUN! A unique and interactive indoor play area for kids.

  • CooCoos

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    (21 miles) Plano

    Kids can have a CRAZY fun time with this unique bounce house in Plano, with great open play and fabulous birthday parties!

  • Jump Mania

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    (26 miles) Plano

    10,000 sq feet of large inflatables and indoor fun in Plano, with an area for kids under 3yrs too!

  • Celebrations Indoor Adventure

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    (39 miles) Fort Worth

    5400 sq.ft of fun indoor play in Fort Worth, where kids can climb, dress up, play and use their imaginations! Birthday parties only.

  • Shenaniganz

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    (44 miles) Rockwall

    Features include 24 lanes of state of the art tenpin bowling, inflatable play zone, 2 storey lazer tag arena, indoor electric go kart track, arcade, lazer maze game and 9 hole black light mini ...

  • Natural Bridge Park

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    (16 miles) Natural Bridge

    A nature filled day where kids can explore a 200 million year old natural sandstone bridge and local surrounding nature.

  • Arbor Hills Nature Preserve

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    (20 miles) Plano

    An amazing 200 acres park perfect for jogging, walking, orienteering, hiking and playgrounds....great for families!

  • River Legacy Living Science Center

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    (30 miles) Arlington

    A 12,000 square foot nature center with interactive exhibits, nature trails and aquariums, which leads into the 1,300 acre River Legacy Parks.

  • Fort Worth Botanic Garden

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    (35 miles) Fort Worth

    Enjoy a day out in nature with the oldest botanic garden in the whole of Texas, with 110 acres of gardens, plants, and activities just for families and kids!

  • The Dallas Arboretum

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    (36 miles) Dallas

    Our mission is to build and maintain a public botanic garden which promotes the art, enjoyment and knowledge of horticulture, while providing opportunities for education and research.

  • Cedar Hill State Park

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    (42 miles) Cedar Hill

    Outdoor adventure in Texas with this fun state park, with a swimming beach, kayaking and fishing, trails, 3 playgrounds and camping!

  • Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center

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    (43 miles) Cedar Hill

    Nature tours, hiking trails, play areas, the great outdoors, and a chance to join the Citizen Science Program! Y'all have outdoor fun in Texas now!

  • Lester Lorch Park

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    (46 miles) Cedar Hill

    Beautiful park space, trails and 36 holes of disc golf! Great for outdoor loving families!

  • Lake Mineral Wells State Park

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    (60 miles) Mineral Wells

    A beautiful state park in Texas with amazing outdoor fun! Rock climbing, history, trails, lakes, and more!

  • Chickasaw National Park

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    (86 miles) Sulphur

    Peaceful Valley of Rippling Waters The Peaceful Valley of Rippling Waters appropriately describes Chickasaw National Recreation Area, known for its many mineral springs, cool water, flora, fauna, ...

  • Turner Falls Park

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    (89 miles) Davis

    Turner Falls Park, the oldest park in Oklahoma, has received national publicity and has served as a classroom for the naturalist. Many springs from the world famous Arbuckle Mountains form Honey ...

  • Civic Center Pool

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    Denton

    Outdoor swimming facility with diving board and winding water slide. Adjacent to a park which offers it's own outdoor pool, swing sets and adventure playground.

  • Hawaiian Falls The Colony

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    (18 miles) The Colony

    An amazing water park experience for the whole family in The Colony, Texas! A splashing choice for your family day out!

  • NRH2O Family Water Park

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    (25 miles) North Richland Hills

    17 amazing acres of water fun in this Dallas / Fort Worth water park for those water lovers of ALL ages! Lagoons, rivers, slides and a children's area await you!

  • Hurricane Harbor

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    (31 miles) Arlington

    Ocean sized thrills perfect for the whole family on that hot summers day, with over 24 rides of varying intensity, and a great way for an active family to stay cool!

  • Hawaiian Falls North Garland

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    (33 miles) Garland

    Texas water park fun with this Hawaiian Falls attraction in Garland. Rides, slides, and plenty of water fun for all ages!

  • Bahama Beach

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    (40 miles) Dallas

    Cool off in summer with this family water park, with slides, playground, fortresses and dumping buckets! It can only be Bahama Beach in Texas!

  • Hawaiian Falls Mansfield

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    (46 miles) South Mansfield

    A fun Hawaiian themed water park for the whole family to enjoy on those hot Texas days! Rides, wave pools, and lots of family fun to be had!

  • Pirates Cove Fun Zone

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    (51 miles) Burleson

    Arrr…..it be a fantastic pirate themed outdoor water park for kids! Set sail for Pirates Cove Fun Zone and pirate Texas-style!