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Houston Zoo

Save 49% on admission to the top 5 Houston attractions with CityPASS.


  • Admire the Houston Zoo’s newest addition: Gorillas. Their power is legendary. Their movements, majestic. Their presence, simply awesome. Experience everything that makes gorillas so wonderful, up close and incredible.
  • Watch young elephants splash around in their 80,000-gallon pool, or walk down a winding boardwalk to see a variety of endangered primates, including lemurs, mandrills, howler monkeys and more. Near the end, don’t miss the orangutans enjoying their play structure.
  • See some of the world’s most venomous snakes and exotic amphibians in the Reptile & Amphibian House, and take an expedition from the coral reefs of the Pacific to the Amazon Basin and the Rift Valley lakes of Africa at the Zoo’s Kipp Aquarium.
  • Jump, slide, and climb at the John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo, built especially for kids, and visit the Naturally Wild Swap Shop, where you can bring in items found in nature to trade for natural items in the Zoo’s collection.
  • 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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Open daily, Mar-Nov 9am-7pm, Nov-Mar 9am-6pm
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


Texas Direct Auto Wildlife Carousel: Cost for CityPASS holders: $3/ride. Tickets available at front gate or carousel entrance.

Giraffe Feedings: Cost for CityPASS holders: $7

Rides and Games: Rides and games require a separate fee.

Experience the best of Houston

Advice for Visitors


  • Check the Meet the Keeper Talks schedule on the morning of your visit to find out what animals have special feedings, showings, or enrichment activities that day.
  • The GPS-enabled free iPhone or Android App is a great way to enhance your Zoo experience; details and download.
  • There is plenty to see and do at the Houston Zoo even in unfavorable weather – many indoor exhibits and ways to cool off.


  • Dining: Twiga Terrace, Macaw Café, Cypress Circle, 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.

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