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Gladys Porter Zoo

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Address: 500 E Ringgold St, Brownsville, TX 78520-7998
Phone Number: +1 956-546-7187
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09:00 - 17:30
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:30
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 18:00
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Known to be one of the best zoos in the United States, open every day of...

Known to be one of the best zoos in the United States, open every day of the year.

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This was a wonderful afternoon out with hubby and the 2 boys. We sent the boys (ages 10 and 12) off on one path and said we'd meet them at the entrance or somewhere along the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a wonderful afternoon out with hubby and the 2 boys. We sent the boys (ages 10 and 12) off on one path and said we'd meet them at the entrance or somewhere along the path. Well, after 2 hours of seeing 50% of the zoo, we thought we'd better find the kids. We found them about to starve... More 

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Lumpkin, Georgia
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Many do not know that the LIONS were at a gas station at one time.. THEY SAVED BY ZOO.Staff was nice..THIS ZOO HAS NO SMELL... cleanist zoo ever!!!

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Thank Na H
Voorhees, New Jersey
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visit this zoo every time we are in the valley area. I would recommend not to miss this attraction when looking for local activities. I meet a young camel on my latest visit in the petting area. I have never been so close to a camel and enjoyed every minute. I did not want to leave.

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Brownsville, Texas
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27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This a treasure for Brownsville, Tx. A wonderful zoo where you can get clear up close views of animals! The focus of the Zoo is education with many programs for children! A great place to take visitors to the valley! A great family place!

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Prescott, Arizona
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311 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have not been to the Gladys Porter Zoo, you need to go. We were part of a VIP tour which took us behind the scenes and we really enjoyed the experience. We were able to feed Galapagos Tortoises and giraffes as well as spend some minutes in with Egyptian Bats. Our guide was very knowledgeable and provided an... More 

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Conroe
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

I finally had the opportunity to visit this gem of a zoo. It's not add extravagant as large city zoos, but they have made nice habitats for the many lovely animals. You can tell that they truly care for each and everyone from the large beautiful giraffes and water buffalo to the little reptiles. Even the fish had no scale... More 

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Brownsville, Texas
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76 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

I have been at the zoo since I was a child and I occasionally go every 2 years or so lol. I had not been here for a while but It is still cool and and I had a good time.They continuously open new exhibits, too. Just get ready to sweat because most of the year is hot! I will... More 

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Thank romana C
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This zoo will surprise you. Small yet very entertaining as you walk through all of the areas and see what this place has to offer. You won't be disappointed.

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Brownsville, Texas
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72 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

If you want to see a great variety of animals from around the world, this is the place. There are some facilities that need some up keep, but overall worth the time and money!

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Olmito, Texas, United States
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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

I remember going to zoo a million times since I was a child. The zoo is ni longer the same place as it used to be. Every year that I go, it disappoints me more and more. There is less and less animals and the ones that are there are just old bored and hiding or asleep! Dont recommended

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