Zoos in Texas with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Texas because The Lone Star State 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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  • The Exotic Resort Zoo

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    Johnson City

    A unique wildlife preserve where there are several endangered species of beautiful animals for kids to encounter, and learn about. Not only that - kids can pat them too! A very eye opening family day ...

  • SeaWorld Adventure Park

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    San Antonio

    Visit the world's largest marine life adventure park with rides, shows and of course animal attractions - all in San Antonio!

  • Dallas Zoo

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    Dallas

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

  • The Dallas World Aquarium

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    Dallas

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

  • Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

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    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.

  • Caldwell Zoo

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    Tyler

    The zoo's philosophies are the preservation of our world's wildlife and the enrichment of the lives of zoo visitors, especially children. The mission of the Caldwell Zoo is to "provide positive ...

  • Moody Gardens

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    Galveston

    Looking for island fun? Work or play, this tropical destination is ideal for families and groups alike. Delve into the oceans depths at the Aquarium Pyramid. Explore the Discovery Museum or ...

  • Amarillo Zoo

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    Amarillo

    The beautiful 15-acre site is located in Thompson Park and features over 60 species of animals. The zoo is designed for fun and discovery and will provide a lifetime of memories. Here, you’ll do ...

  • Gladys Porter Zoo

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    Brownsville

    With 26 acres of lush tropical plants and some 1,600 animals, the Gladys Porter Zoo is an excellent family day out, also known for its successes in breeding endangered species of wildlife and their ...

  • Gator Country

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    Beaumont

    Get snappy - and we don't mean with your cameras! This Texas family day out is all about the reptiles, with educational shows, activities including feeding the alligators, and if you're brave enough ...

  • Fort Worth Zoo

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    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!

  • In Sync Exotics

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    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!

  • Frank Buck Zoo

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    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!

  • Franklin Drive Thru Safari

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    Franklin

    Animal lovers of the family can spend the day seeing and learning about new animals, and even getting to interact with some on this drive through safari!

  • National Butterfly Center

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    Mission

    Families, especially younger kids, will love looking, feeling, and learning about the incredible numbers of multi-colored wild butterflies in this butterfly center!

  • Topsey Exotic Ranch and Drive Thru Safari

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    Copperas Cove

    Families can enjoy over 50 species on the drive thru safari, then pop by the petting zoo to get even closer to the friendlier ones!

  • Cameron Park Zoo

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    Waco

    Get kids out of the house and into a world of nature, in Waco's 52-acre natural habitat, featuring everything from orangutans to komodo dragons!

  • Cypress Lake Ranch Amazing Animal Adventures

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    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.

  • Austin Zoo

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    Austin

    Over 350 animals are waiting to make friends with families at the sweet Austin Zoo, with keeper talks and story time!

  • San Antonio Zoo

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    San Antonio

    The San Antonio Zoo is open all year round from 9 to 5 daily. It's home to over 8,500 animals representing 779 species of animals on 56 acres. Several interactive exhibits include Tiny Tots, ...

  • The Texas Zoo

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    Victoria

    offers a terrific range of creatures both indiginous and exotic species, plus keeper talks, lion training, animal shows and zoo camps.

  • Green Meadows Farm

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    Grand Prairie

    Friendly petting farm with a strong but effortless educational emphasis. Activities include pig racing, hay rides, cow milking and an interactive animal show.

  • Bayou Wildlife Zoo

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    Alvin

    An exciting open range animal zoo in Alvin, Texas, with guided tours, and animals from all over the world in naturalistic habitats!

  • Tiger Creek Big Cat Refuge

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    Tyler

    A not for profit foundation which provides sanctuary and care for rescued Lions, Tigers, Cougars, Leopards, Pumas and more in Texas!

  • El Paso Zoo

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    El Paso

    Zoo fun in El Paso with fun and exotic animals from all around the world to experience!

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  • Going Bonkers

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    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!

  • Just Add Children

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    San Antonio

    Indoor Playground and Party Center for children ages 1 to 10 years, which will take kids into a world of imagination, creativity and learning through play.

  • Texas Jumping Beans

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    Round Rock

    Come play in their 12,000 square foot center with whole area designated for toddlers with huge foot ball pond, tunnels and a soft playscape with toys.

  • Wonderwild

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    Houston

    Indoor play fun for kids under 8 years, as well as indoor ropes courses for older kids. Amazing Texas fun for those creative minds and active bodies!

  • Bounce RGV

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    McAllen

    Sticky walls, obstacles, tunnels, and a funhouse - all inflatable? Why not spend the day bouncing!

  • Great Play of Frisco

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    Frisco

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

  • Stomping Grounds

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    Sugar Land

    2,000 sq feet of indoor play space where kids can play, climb, hide and learn! Areas for parents too

  • Celebrations Indoor Adventure

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    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.

  • Jump Mania

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    Plano

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

  • CooCoos

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    Plano

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