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Dallas Zoo

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650 S R L Thornton Fwy, Dallas, TX 75203-3013
+1 469-554-7500
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Fun destination for family

Visited on a hot day in July 2016. Lots of shade. On north end of the zoo, when you go to kangaroo... read more

Reviewed 21 July 2016
atit p
Good Choice for a Company Family Day

My spouse's company planned a "Family Day" at the Dallas Zoo last year, but it was cancelled due to... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2016
Bedford, Texas
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The largest zoological experience in Texas, the 106-acre Dallas Zoo offers fun, educational and entertaining experiences for the whole family. The Zoo's mission is to inspire a passion for nature and conserve wildlife, and guests can see a number of endangered species and learn about a variety of conservation projects the Dallas Zoo supports. Opened in 2010, our award-winning Giants of the Savanna habitat is internationally known. The savanna features elephants, ostrich, zebras, impalas, giraffes, and guineafowl, often mingling together. The Dallas Zoo is home to a herd of five female elephants and 11 giraffes, which guests can feed by hand. Guests will see the fastest land mammal on Earth, the cheetah, as well as African lions who often spend their days sleeping just inches away from the viewing wall inside the Serengeti Grill restaurant. The Wilds of Africa area features rare animals such as gorillas, chimpanzees and okapi. Guests will enjoy getting eye-to-eye with African penguins as they swim effortlessly underwater. Highlights of the ZooNorth section include the Lacerte Family Children's Zoo, a top-rated reptile and amphibian complex featuring albino alligators, and the Koala Walkabout, featuring the only koalas in Texas, red kangaroo, wallabies, and a lorikeet feeding area for up-close adventures. For alternative transportation to the Dallas Zoo, consider the DART Red Line, which delivers guests to the Zoo's front entrance.
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“train ride” (26 reviews)
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650 S R L Thornton Fwy, Dallas, TX 75203-3013
+1 469-554-7500
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Reviewed 21 July 2016

Visited on a hot day in July 2016. Lots of shade. On north end of the zoo, when you go to kangaroo and such, the restrooms and food stall are a bit far from there. No such issues on the africa side of the zoo....More

Thank atit p
Reviewed 20 July 2016

My spouse's company planned a "Family Day" at the Dallas Zoo last year, but it was cancelled due to rain. They made plans for another one this year, and we really enjoyed the event. It was scheduled for 3-9, and coincided with the zoo's Safari...More

Thank Nicococure
Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

This is a smaller sized, but really well done zoo. The Giants of the Savannah exhibit area is wonderful. Lots of things to do. Not too expensive... It can get packed in the weekends, so arrive early. Has a DART rail station right next to...More

Thank LarissaV2007
Reviewed 19 July 2016

The Zoo is a fun place to be and enjoyable for any age. Easy to get around, even with a stroller and if the family is getting hungry, there is a cafeteria.

Thank Travel_bug1965_12
Reviewed 19 July 2016

2 times that I can remember - A massive Silver back escaped its pen and began pummeling the patrons, because kids were mocking him. He took a few stpes back and got a running start. Leaping on top of the speed bumps, designed to slow...More

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DallasZooManagement, Public Relations Manager at Dallas Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2016

Dear Mason, you have unfairly characterized us, and that's not cool. In fact, we're going to have to report this, because it's not even a "review," which is what TripAdvisor's all about. The gorilla incident you reference happened more than 12 years ago. Since then,...More

Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

This zoo is good for young children ONLY!! I've been to PA, SC,NH,NC zoos and this was by far the worst. Very little to see and exhibits are small.More

Thank Melissa M
DallasZooManagement, Public Relations Manager at Dallas Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2016

Hi, Melissa. I'm so sorry that you had a disappointing trip. We're rated one of the top zoos in the U.S., so I'm trying to figure out what happened. I hope you didn't miss part of our 106 acres! It's easy to do because we're...More

Reviewed 14 July 2016

This was my first visit to a zoo in over 20 years. Great improvements have been made in living areas for the animals which I liked. But beware animals can be in areas where they are hard or impossible to see. Excellent staff - thoroughly...More

Thank lookingback
Reviewed 14 July 2016

I really do not like to see animals in cages and captivities. But it's a good chance to see them in very good conditions. Hot and dry place. You can spend your half day by strolling in there. Children likes very much.

Thank erdogany_13
Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

The zoo is ever changing for the better. The animals seem well cared for. I love the Big Cats and they seem happy there. I did encounter a couple of aggressive panhandlers in the parking area, but they were handled by security who quickly escorted...More

Thank RoadKillYum
Reviewed 10 July 2016

Used to be, you had to go to the Ft Worth zoo for a decent experience. I'm happy to say, though, over the last decade the Dallas zoo has really upped their game. It's a great experience for the entire family. Dont want to drive?...More

Thank Darla J
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Response from topper711 | Reviewed this property |
I would go with never stop advice either way you can't go wrong at the zoo!
23 April 2017|
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Response from DudesAdrift | Reviewed this property |
If you are at a hotel anywhere on a DART rail line, it is easy to get to the zoo. If you are not near DART rail line, take Uber to the nearest station. Zoo is on the red DART line.
14 April 2017|
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Response from indrablanco | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is a place called picnic ridge in zoo north