How to Visit the Houston Zoo and What You Should Bring to the Zoo

We love animals. The city we currently live in doesn’t have a zoo or a lot of local wildlife so whenever we visit a new city with animal attractions or excursions we always like to check them out. We love the Houston Zoo and figured we’d share 5 tips for visiting the Houston Zoo that will make your trip more memorable.

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5 Tips for a Memorable Visit to the Houston Zoo

Buy Tickets Online Before you Arrive

We didn’t buy tickets in advance and the line was long. You can easily spend 30 minutes to an hour in line waiting to buy tickets. You will save time by buying your tickets online in advance. The prices will vary depending on when you’re headed to the zoo so check out their website to figure out the best time to visit.

Parking is Free If You Can Find It

The Houston Zoo does not have its own parking lot but you can park at the Hermann Park for free. The parking lots can fill up fast though so be sure to arrive early to make sure you can snag a spot without having to pay.

How to Visit the Houston Zoo

Bring a Cooler

If you’re making an all day adventure to the zoo you’ll definitely be thirsty and hungry. You can bring a cooler or backpack with ice cold drinks and snacks. During the Summer this is a MUST. It gets very hot and it’s very nice to have a cooler to store your drinks.

Make Sure you Check the Schedule

The Houston Zoo updates the schedule daily. If you want to do a specific experience or talk to certain zoo keepers you’ll want to check the schedule on the day of your visit so you don’t miss out on anything.

Houston Zoo Tips and Tricks

Get a Pair of Binoculars

A lot of the animals were sleeping in shady areas during our visit. We really wished we had a pair of binoculars to spot out some of the animals that were farther away. Bringing a pair of binoculars is pretty handy and can help you and the little ones see some of the animals a little better.

Have you been to the Houston Zoo? What was your favorite animal attraction? We personally loved going to the Reptile & Amphibian House and trying to spot out all of them. We made a Where’s Waldo sort of game from it and even kept score. First person to spot it gets the point.


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