These events are held before the zoo opens and early in the morning when the animals are most active. The Orinoco is a multi level exhibit featuring many of the animals of the South American rain forest along the Amazon River.
Exotic birds of many colors, monkeys of various kinds and a rodent that lives for 20 years in the wild are just a few of the animals you may see here. Experience the wildlife from half a world away by exploring this Australian exhibit.
There is a good mix of aquatic life and land animals in this exhibit that recreates the wilderness areas of Australia. There are also three large saltwater fish tanks that show the wildlife around the Great Barrier Reef.
Reviewed February 1, 2016, I love that this zoo provides both large and smaller exhibits to allow fuller access to see the animals. I also love the special events at various times including the Christmas season and Mother's Day brunch.
Reviewed January 31, 2016, via mobile This is a great zoo ! It has many great displays to offer and a lot of animal varieties to enjoy.
One suggestion, go early to avoid the crowds, the afternoon heat, and any melt downs from worn out children. This zoo is a great example of where Fort Worth shines.
Reviewed January 31, 2016, Great fun for the whole family. Reviewed January 31, 2016, This zoo offers a very different experience from the Dallas Zoo and in some ways, more things for very young children.
We especially like the Texas Wild part of the zoo, but the Museum of Living Art and Australian Outback have lots to see as well. If you live in Dallas, make the trip and see what this zoo has to offer.
Reviewed January 30, 2016, this zoo, is full of nice exhibits to see and enjoy, its clean and not always so crowded that you can't relax, I enjoy this zoo a lot, it's my 2nd favorite zoo, so go enjoy and let the kids have fun It’s a quintessential destination for family fun, with thousands of adorable animals that can’t wait to meet you.
While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. Spanning 64 acres, the zoo features 11 different exhibits, all thoughtfully designed to replicate the natural habitats of the animals who live in them.
In 2018, the exhibit was renovated to include more animals and viewing platforms, which allow visitors to enjoy an array of unique perspectives. The zoo is an international leader in Asian elephant conservation, and you'll get up-close-and-personal with these incredibly majestic beings.
Also in the Asian Falls exhibit are Indian rhinoceroses, white tigers, and striped hyenas, among other animals endemic to Asia. This exhibit features animals native to the Lone Star State, as well as a replica Old West town with shops, restaurants, and other fun activities.
Let us know in the comments section, and check out our previous article for another outdoor attraction in Fort Worth that belongs on your bucket list. Katie Lawrence is a Southeast Texas native who graduated 18th in her high school class with a GPA of 4.25.
She attended college in the Houston area and changed her major twice (psychology, computer science, and finally criminal justice) before taking a leap of faith and dropping out to pursue a career in freelance writing. Outside of work, you can likely find her curled up on the sofa with a hot cup of coffee, watching a crime TV show or scary movie.
Reviewed May 13, 2014, We took advantage of half price Wednesday at the zoo. We arrived after lunch, so it wasn't terribly full and most of the field trips were departing.
My children had a wonderful time naming the animals and seeing some that they had only seen in books. The kids keep talking about hearing the lion roar and watching the giraffes reach high to eat leaves.
The zoo is pretty spread out, so we were glad we brought a stroller for the two-year-old. Lots of places are covered with trees or other shade, so you can find a cool spot to watch the animals on a hot, sunny day.
Fortunately, the entire Fort worth school kids were in the zoo on the day I visited. I enjoyed the place, but more than that, the curiosity of the kids and watching their eyes filled with wonders while walking around.
Reviewed May 8, 2014, I am a native to Fort Worth and have been going to this zoo since forever and I try to go at least once a year. Parking is cheap, the paths are stroller friendly, Wed is half price, and you can take in some snacks, just not big coolers.
People, animals sleep....a lot...and in the middle of the day. Save the indoor exhibits and lunch for the middle of the day, especially with the upcoming hot weather.
Take your time and enjoy what you're seeing....animals in their “natural habitat” and not performing monkeys. Please visit our “Texas Wild” exhibit and take a ride on the train.
Come visit, take your time, enjoy and come back again.....your always welcomed in Texas. Whereas other zoos, like this one, take time to make an exhibit beneficial for the animals and the visitors.
It is very clean, the workers were very friendly and there is a great diversity of animals. My wife and I have visited 25 zoos in the past and this one is in the top 3.
Reviewed May 2, 2014, We spent almost an entire day at this zoo with a 5-year-old and 14-month-old. I would recommend a stroller for small children as it is a lot of walking.
We also paid to take the train to the top of the zoo and then worked our way down. The zoo staff had numerous shows and 'meet the animals' talks which were very interesting and engaging for people of all ages.
After all, exploring the Dallas and Fort Worth areas is one of the most exciting things to do when touring Texas, and the zoo is the perfect place to bring a large group, friends, or family for a day of fun and learning. Located in front, at the zoo entrance is a beautiful carousel with animals that are unexpected.
It is not often you can say you got to ride on a gorilla, and this is a big part of the fun at the Dallas Zoo Endangered Species Carousel. As an added bonus, the carousel will run in reverse on Halloween, which is simply fun for anyone and the cost per ride is a mere $2.00 per person.
At the farm, children can ride ponies, pet baby sheep, goats and donkeys, interact with small animals such as rabbits, and much more. In just a few hours, it is possible to visit and snap pictures at most attractions, but this will not diminish the fun of the adventure.
Many residents in DFW believe the best zoo experience is Fort Worth, which has more animals than Dallas, requiring a full day to visit. Located inside the zoo is a 13,000 soft facility, complete with shaded seating and a stage, giving guests access behind-the-scenes.
With this, children can spend just $3.00 per person and get the chance to explore the area between the Safari Depot and Texas Wild while relaxing on comfortable seats with shaded roofing. Many other attractions, such as a wall climb, tornado simulator and nature trails are all available for those looking for some added fun.
These give children and adults alike the chance to get active and make their visit to the zoo far more interactive. It is thus in your better interests to dedicate more than one day to the fun, especially if you have a large group that will cause the exploration to slow down a bit.
Check out the South American Free-Flight Aviary, with its unusual birds in a tropical rainforest habitat. Check out the African Forest, bird habitats, the Hoofed Run, and the children's zoo, among many other outstanding exhibits.
Victoria is in the Golden Crescent of South Texas and is equidistant from Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and Corpus Christi. Rhonda Rubin/Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0 Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch is a 400-acre drive-through safari located in the Texas Hill Country, just outside of San Antonio.
The ranch showcases a variety of exotic species like rhinos, lemurs, zebras, camels, and ostriches. LegendZ3/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 This 1,700-acre wildlife center, located in Glen Rose, 60 miles southwest of Fort Worth, is dedicated to preserving and protecting endangered and threatened species.
In addition, its 95 acres of displays make it Texas' largest zoo in terms of land mass. Check out the Cheetah Encounter, Lemur Lookout, the Wilds of Africa Adventure Safari, and the children's zoo, and take a ride on the T. rex Express mini-train for an adventure-filled day.
Travis Isaacs/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 Visitors to the Fort Worth Zoo will be transfixed by its wonderful exhibits, which include Raptor Canyon to Koala Outback, and attractions such as Tasmanian Tower and the virtual safari. When you think of Texas, what comes to mind probably includes cowboys, ranches, Gulf Coast beaches, and wide expanses of prairie.