Houston Zoo

Save 47% on admission to the top 5 Houston attractions with CityPASS.

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Some attractions require reservations or have limited operating hours and days; see the CityPASS Travel Guide for details.


  • The newest exhibit, South America’s Pantanal allows guests to explore the tropical wetlands of Brazil right here at the Houston Zoo. Explore the immersive and engaging trail for the opportunity to see jaguars, capybaras, giant river otters, howler monkeys, anaconda, and macaws closer than ever before in Houston. Experience the tropical wetlands of Brazil at the Houston Zoo's newest exhibit, South America's Pantanal. Explore the immersive and engaging trail for the opportunity to see jaguars, capybaras, giant river otters, howler monkeys, anaconda, and macaws closer than ever before in Houston.
  • See the Hamill Foundation Black Bear Exhibit, home to black bears Belle and Willow. It includes features like a chilled pool, climbing structures, lots of shade and other enrichment opportunities.
  • Gorillas at the Houston Zoo. Their power is legendary. Their movements – majestic. Their presence – simply awesome. In the African Forest, visitors experience everything that makes gorillas so wonderful, up close and incredible. Experience everything that makes gorillas so wonderful in the African Forest, home to these legendary, majestic creatures.
  • See some of the world’s most venomous snakes and exotic amphibians in the Reptile & Amphibian House.
  • Visit the long-time favorite John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo! A river otter plays underwater, the sounds of flapping wings echo in a realistic bat cave, and goats wait for guests’ attention in the Petting Zoo. Kids can experience all of this at the John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo, where guests can also explore the Bug House, and visit the Naturally Wild Swap Shop.
  • Watch from the boardwalk as majestic elephants splash in their 160,000-gallon pool in the McNair Asian Elephant Habitat.
  • Cool off at the Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park, with 37 different water play features, like a friendly and colorful sea serpent, a tall “fill and spill” water tree, fountains, jets, misters and more. The park is open daily April 1 – October 31.


6200 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
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Hours may vary; check website for most up-to-date information.
Last entry one hour prior to close.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

(713) 533-6500


Wildlife Carousel: Tickets available at front gate or carousel entrance. Cost for CityPASS guests: $4/ride.

TXU Energy Presents Prehistoric Beast: TXU Energy presents Prehistoric Beasts offers guests an exciting opportunity to get an up-close look at towering predators that once roamed the earth. Includes admission to Prehistoric Beasts, a souvenir conservation bracelet, and unlimited carousel rides. March 6-September 6, 2021. Cost: $8.95; purchase your ticket here.

Giraffe Feedings: Cost for CityPASS guests: $7

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Advice for Visitors


  • Guests can enjoy free wifi, a great way to enhance your Zoo experience.
  • There is plenty to see and do at the Houston Zoo even in unfavorable weather – many indoor exhibits and ways to cool off.
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.


  • Dining: Twiga Terrace, Cypress Circle Café, Herzstein Trading Post, and carts and kiosks throughout the zoo for drinks and snacks.
  • Gift Shops: Located near the main exit gate and in the African Forest.
  • Strollers: Available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visitor Safety:

  • The Houston Zoo has safety protocols in place to ensure a safe environment for its guests and staff; learn more on their website.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

Groups: Groups of 20 or more: Call (713) 533-6500 or email in advance of arrival.