Home to more than 6,000 animals and 900 species, the Houston Zoo is a popular attraction for locals and visitors to Houston. Located in the beautiful Hermann Park, the 55-acre zoo features many exhibits, animal encounters, shows and ecosystems to explore. Additionally, the attraction is well-staffed, and there is always a knowledgeable worker to answer your questions or direct you.
While the zoo has numerous interesting sites within it, there are a few experiences you shouldn’t miss. First is the Masai giraffe feeding, which can be done daily from 11am to 2pm. Visitors can feed these long-necked creatures crispy lettuce leaves while getting a close-up view. Another not-to-miss attraction is the African Forest exhibit, which will transport you to a different continent as you trek through an African jungle full of chimpanzees, rhinos and antelopes, Masai giraffes, zebra and ostriches. Part of the experience is also authentic drumming and art. The Hoofed Run exhibit also introduces visitors to some of Earth exotic hoofed animals, like the Okapi, Eland, Warthog and Duiker. And of course, no visit to the zoo would be complete without taking in a sea lion show as they cute creates dive, flip and learn how to distinguish from four objects in a mirror’s reflection.
Travel tip: Go early, as parking can be tricky as it gets later in the day.
The Houston Zoo is open daily from 9am to 6pm. Tickets cost $14 for adults, $10 for children 2 through 11, $7.50 for seniors 65 and over and free for children under two. A portion of the proceeds go toward protecting wild animals. From September through May the Houston Zoo offers for admission to guests on the first Tuesday of each month from 2pm to close.