• Misty D

The Houston Zoo

Updated: Apr 6, 2020

Schools across the country are gearing up for spring break. Why not escape to the Houston Zoo? It was on the top of our list of local "things to do" in 2020. Here are my tips and tricks to making the most out of your Houston Zoo visit.

Giraffe Feeding

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Houston Zoo Hours


7 days a week

General Admission Tickets

A portion of each Houston Zoo ticket purchase goes towards protecting animals in the wild.

(Free admission on first Tuesday of the month)

Buy your tickets online, in advance, to skip the line.

Adults (12+): $22.95

Children: $17.95

Senior (65+): $17.95

Student Discounts

You must present a valid, current student ID.

One free admission per student, per visit:

University of Houston

Rice University

St. Thomas University

Texas Southern University

$2 off an admission:

Houston Baptist University

Houston Community College System

South Texas College of Law

Free Tuesdays

Also, the Houston Zoo offers the following discounts:

Group of 20 discount

Corporate Discounts

US Military

Metro Discount

Lone Star Discount

Members of other Zoos

Pre-trip Preparation

We are well groomed travelers and love to save money any chance we can get. Therefore, we always pack an ice cooler with our lunch, snacks, and drinks when heading to the zoo. The zoo requests that you do not bring glass bottles, alcoholic drinks, and plastic straws.

The honor system is in place when it comes to these rules, because no baggage is checked at the zoo entrance.

Not in the mood to pack a lunch? Do not worry, they have plenty of food booths throughout the park.

Looking for a spot to eat your packed lunches? The Cypress Circle Café has an abundant supply of tables that are perfect for an outside picnic.


Parking is free at Herman Park across the street from the zoo’s entrance. Plan to be at the Houston Zoo when it opens, otherwise be prepared to fight cars for a parking spot. It can get brutal.

Strollers and Scooter Rental

We usually opt to bring our own wagon to save some cash. This year it slipped our mind. Yes, we even make mistakes when traveling! Thankfully, the zoo offers stroller rentals. Honestly, I believe my husband was happy because these strollers are 100% easier to push around then our wagon at home.

Single Stroller- $12

Double Stroller-$17

Wagon- $16

Zoo Map

Grab a free Houston Zoo map at the entrance and plan accordingly. This zoo is massive and it takes almost all day to complete.

Grab a Beer

Next, grab a beer. Yes, they serve beer and wine! Score!

If you miss a beer stand, do not worry they have stands located all over the park.

Keep in mind, you are not allowed to feed the zoo animals.

Luckily, we did bring snacks for OUR little animals because they require food hourly. This Zoo Keeper gets tired of hearing the word snack.

New Experiences

Every time we are at the Houston Zoo, we have a new experience.

This year we saw the new baby elephant. Like my daughter always says, "So cute, right?".

We saw a swimming Capybara. Did you know they swim like a professional? They are some serious underwater swimmers.

Tapirs can spray urine backwards 7-10 feet. Who knew? We found this warning sign. I wonder if someone was sprayed? Hmm..gross.

We went on the perfect day, because all the animals were extremely active.

Giraffe Feeding Platform

It costs $7 for the giraffe food and more then one person may go to the platform.

Feeding times are at 11:00 am & 2:00 pm. The ticket stand opens just before feeding times.

Children’s Zoo

It is located at the back of the park. If you are exhausted out of your mind by the time you hit the back of the zoo, then you are in luck. This is the perfect spot to sit back and relax while the kids run wild.

Free Petting Zoo

The petting zoo is located within the Children’s zoo. It’s a hit with our kids.

Best Instagram Spots

Make sure you get some good family pictures before you leave. My two favorite Instagram spots are located at the front of the park.

Start planning your next adventure today. It can even be a short car ride away. Hopefully, I have inspired you to make those travel plans a reality.

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