10 Things to Know About Houston Zoo

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If you have not been to the Houston Zoo in a while, here are 10 things you may not know, that will have you heading there on a family trip to say hello to Winnie and her brother Teddy, both born in March of 2021.


  1. The Houston Zoo has been a staple in the city for 101 years.
  2. The zoo offers a wide range of experiences for visitors of all ages that includes the Centennial Gardens, the Japanese Garden, and pedal boats.
  3. The Galápagos Islands exhibit, immerses visitors in a unique landscape and oceanic habitats, including a state-of-the-art environment for Humboldt penguins, sea lions, giant tortoises, sharks, and more.
  4. With over 6,000 animals, you can see everything from San Esteban Island Chuckwallas to Southern White Rhinoceros, giant anteaters, Chilean flamingos, Asian elephants, Northern white-cheeked gibbons, king cobras, and Komodo dragons. 
  5. Houston Zoo special events and activities includes, an overnight program, which immerses participants in after-hours animal visits, night hikes and close encounters with ambassador animals, as well as an evening snack, light breakfast, and next-day admission to the zoo. The overnight program is open to individuals ages 6 and up, and one adult chaperone is required for every five children between the ages of 6-17. The program can accommodate groups of 20-60 individuals on select Saturdays from 5:30 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  6. The recently opened Cypress Circle Cafe, certified by the Green Restaurant Association, is a must-visit for those looking for locally sourced and sustainable fare. The cafe allows for easy pick-up of pre-ordered meals for those in a hurry.
  7.  Treat yourself to bathing elephants on Thursday mornings, feeding anteaters and gorillas on Thursdays, and taking selfies with the Galápagos tortoises on Sundays and Tuesdays.
  8. Online reservations are required for all non-member guests, and tickets will not be sold on-site. Ticket prices start at $23, and kids under two get in free. If you’re a member, you’re no longer required to make a reservation and can present your digital membership card upon arrival. Become a member for as low as $149, and save with free admission for 12 months. For all the different membership prices
  9. The Zoo is located in Hermann Park, near the Texas Medical Center and the Museum District. The main entrance is at 6200 Hermann Park Drive in Hermann Park
  10. The zoo doesn’t have its own parking lot. Free parking is available in Hermann Park, but on busy days, the lots can fill quickly. Guests can park in Lots G, F, E, H, and as indicated on the Hermann Park Parking Map. An additional parking option is the Centennial.


As always, thank you so much for stopping by, and remember, if you are thinking of purchasing your new home, please give us a call. It will be a pleasure to work with you. Until next time...Diana

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