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Gladys Porter Zoo

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500 E Ringgold St, Brownsville, TX 78520-7998
+1 956-546-7187
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Natalies First trip to Zoo

Loved the animals. Great variety of animals all shapes and sizes. My granddaughter is still a... read more

Reviewed 6 March 2016
Irma P
Austin, Texas
Beautiful sunny day

Very nice zoo. Animals in natural environments, well fed. Nice exhibits, easy walking 2 to 2 1/2... read more

Reviewed 11 February 2016
Fargo, North Dakota
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Known to be one of the best zoos in the United States, open every day of the year.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good30%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
500 E Ringgold St, Brownsville, TX 78520-7998
+1 956-546-7187
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Reviewed 6 March 2016

Loved the animals. Great variety of animals all shapes and sizes. My granddaughter is still a toddler and the place that was disappointing was the petting zoo. There was no attendants to help out...there was a few unruly children hitting the animals and pushing them...More

Thank Irma P
Reviewed 11 February 2016

Very nice zoo. Animals in natural environments, well fed. Nice exhibits, easy walking 2 to 2 1/2 hour visit. Would recommend

Thank JJL1964
Reviewed 10 February 2016

Gladys Porter zoo is wonderful. Situated close to the USA-Mexico border, this zoo is home to a wide variety of animals who look healthy. The habitats are well-kept. The gorillas are a delight to watch. It's a large enclosure with gorillas of all ages -...More

1  Thank Tamalie
Reviewed 10 February 2016

If you want to see animals the brownsville zoo is the place.The brownsville zoo is a good place to go there with your family.They are many animals but i didn't like that the dangerous animal like lions and Jaguars and animals like that they were...More

Thank asfmgr2
Reviewed 8 February 2016

Top notch zoo that truly needs several visits to visit each and every area, exhibit and/or animal. This is one - if not the biggest and best zoo I have ever been to, or taken my children to.

Thank MarieDLara
Reviewed 8 February 2016

It is a zoo, what more needs to be said. This is a pretty good zoo for a smaller centre, lots of washrooms, snack bars, and a lot of animals. A perfect way to entertain the kids for a few hours.

Thank Ken F
Reviewed 8 February 2016 via mobile

This is a great small zoo. It has some really great animals in it and offers lots of learning experiences. The zoo is clean and everyone is helpful.

Thank gwenbraum
Reviewed 7 February 2016

I visited this zoo in the 80s and was so impressed with its openness and abundance of animals and plants. Not so today. Many of the enclosures were empty of animals, there was not a wide selection of animals and most were in cages. I...More

Thank Mary H
Reviewed 6 February 2016 via mobile

We go to a lot of zoos. This place has an amazing amount of animals and is easy to navigate. You can get extremely close to the animals. Really worth checking out if you are in the area.

Thank gotaholen1
Reviewed 3 February 2016

Quite impressive, but not cheap and the signage could be a lot better. The Animals do appear to be content and in a fairly natural setting. I give it a thumbs up, but it's not any bargain and the constant shakedown is annoying!

Thank Chuck B
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Jennifer M
5 April 2017|
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Response from Velia L | Reviewed this property |
Hello. Pets are not allowed at the zoo.
Mely G
18 March 2017|
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Response from Velia L | Reviewed this property |
Hello. There is no outside food permitted at the zoo. They have four concession stands throughout that provide food. There is one that sells pizza and beer. The others offer hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, nachos and more.
15 February 2017|
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500 E Ringgold St, Brownsville, TX