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15 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Stopped by to visit the Exotic Zoo in Johnson city Its amazing to be so close to large animals, water buffalo that have the longest black tongues ever with a hefty appetite , ostriches just hold the bicker of feed out they like fingers just as well👍, zebras , camels and many more. Great place to take kids and more... More 

Thank Janethetford
Donavan T, Manager at Exotic Resort Zoo, responded to this review

We're glad you were able to stop by for a visit - getting that close interaction with all the animals is one of the main things that we feel makes it fun for people of all ages, so we love seeing when this holds true with families like yours! More 

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78 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

This is located about 45 minutes from south Austin very easy to find. Admission typical for this type adventure. A large variety of animals easy to feed them along the 45 minute covered trail wagon course. Natural habitats appear to be maintained. SeverL petting zoo areas which was fun large buckets of food for purchase to feed animals limited visitor... More 

Thank Jacqueline R
Donavan T, Manager at Exotic Resort Zoo, responded to this review

Hi Jacqueline, Thanks for your review and we hope you'll be one of our regular visitors from Austin! We've included more souvenirs since completing our gift-shop remodel. We're also finishing up more remodeling in the rear of the gift shop and we've actually redone one of the rest-room areas in the front gift shop area as well (the main one... More 

Dallas, Texas
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 June 2016

We stayed in the Ostrich Nest in May, 2016. We appreciated very much the wheelchair accessible accommodations at the Exotic Resort Zoo. Our cabin was wheelchair accessible, the recreation area (pool table) was also. The tram ride through the resort to see and feed the animals was also w/c accessible. The cedar cabin was really cute with some custom touches.... More 

Thank susieQ75202
Donavan T, Manager at Exotic Resort Zoo, responded to this review

Hi Susie, Sounds like y'all had a blast and enjoyed the unique aspects of staying in one of the Safari Cabins! They are intended to provide a 'gla-mping' experience (glamorous camping) where you can be right in the middle of the action with all the animals. Bring some friends next time and we'll work to earn a 5-rating from you! More 

Dallas, Texas
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2016

Party of 8 stayed a night at the facility and did the tour. Kids loved it. Only complaint, for the type of facility it was, is that the beds were a tad uncomfortable, but overall a great time. Our second visit. Staff very friendly.

1 Thank Dmart205
Donavan T, Manager at Exotic Resort Zoo, responded to this review

Hello, thanks for the review and glad the kids enjoyed it! We're guessing you stayed in Cabin 3, since you had a party of (8)? We know beds can be a personal preference area, but we have tried to include some different bedding (comforters, pillows) that should hopefully make it more comfortable for you next time. It's also great to... More 

Texas City, Texas, United States
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49 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2015 via mobile

Stayed in one of the cabins they have for rent at the ranch (Bear Cabin). The cabin is nice and roomy with a separate bedroom. Our cabin was right behind the kangaroo pen and it was fun watching them. Nice pool with waterfall. Petting zoo accessible any time with a wide range of animals. Playground for kids. Pool table for... More 

2 Thank Jonathan H
Donavan T, Manager at Exotic Resort Zoo, responded to this review

Hi Jonathan - Thanks for the review and highlights of your stay with us! The included guided safari tour for paid cabin guests is something that not everyone is aware of before they arrive, so thanks for pointing it out! We also try to get the word out that there are tons of outdoor cooking options, starting with our large... More 

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28 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2015

As an animal activist, I am torn about going to zoos of any kind. Since this one has so much property, and the animals are mainly deer, ostriches, a few zebras, three buffalo, and lots of goats, I said "OK", let's go! My little grandkids just loved getting up close and personal from the trailer pulled by a tractor. It... More 

5 Thank nannybrister
Donavan T, Manager at Exotic Resort Zoo, responded to this review

Hello, sorry for the delay in responding, as we just claimed this 2nd listing to actively engage with our customer base that reviewed this part of the attraction. This property ID is actually for our safari cabins vs. the tours, but I'll try to address your questions here (I'm guessing you will be notified of this response). As far as... More 

Sugar Land, Texas
1 review
Reviewed 26 May 2015

We loved the way animals were let go with good care and freedom, they are well trained and you they come to you when you feed them. My kids really loved, the maintenance was okay too. It rained during my stay but overall experience has been memorable. Will definitely recommend.

Thank Shekhar_Houston
Donavan T, Manager at Exotic Resort Zoo, responded to this review

Thanks for the review and we hope you'll visit again soon when there is better weather! Many of the animals have been born from bottle-raised parents and they are extremely comfortable with people, so this is definitely one area that we feel sets us apart from other animal parks. More 

New Caney, Texas
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37 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2015

My wife and I took the tour recently (we were staying elsewhere) and thoroughly enjoyed it. We didn't have any grand kids with us so I dispensed the food ($6 for a large bucket, about 1.5 to 2 gallons or so) to the animals and had fun doing it. This experience riding in the tram (wagon pulled by a tractor)... More 

Thank Stevereno_12
Donavan T, Manager at Exotic Resort Zoo, responded to this review

Hi Steve! Thanks for the review and we're glad you experienced our safari park exactly the way we intended. We definitely strive to provide a different experience than you would otherwise see anywhere else... Next time, we hope you'll bring the grand kids along next time and stay with us at our safari cabins (the cabin stay includes a free... More 

Crowley, Texas
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96 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2015

My husband and I stopped at The Exotic Resort Zoo in Johnson City on our way to see the LBJ Ranch. It was definitely work a visit. The place was much larger than I had envisioned and had a great setup. The tour took about an hour. Not only did my husband and I enjoy hand-feeing the animals, it was... More 

Thank vshultsTX
Donavan T, Manager at Exotic Resort Zoo, responded to this review

Hi there - we're glad you had a great time feeding the animals! It is funny to watch all the kids interact with the animals - we never get tired of seeing the joy in their faces! Next time, make sure to check out our safari cabins and you can get your tour included in your stay. Also, since you... More 

Abilene, Texas
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199 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2015 via mobile

Family friendly guided tour through some beautiful hill country pastures. Plenty of animals to see and feed. Easy to find off 281 and close to Marble Falls or San Antonio. The petting zoo was also pretty neat and the kids enjoyed playing with the goats!

Thank jasag00

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  • Kitchenette
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  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
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Address: 235 Zoo Trl, Johnson City, TX 78636-4465
Region: United States > Texas > Johnson City
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
Exotic Resort Zoo Hotel Johnson City
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“Only few cottages so anything you choose will be close to pool and pet zone.”
 of 5 bubbles Shekhar_Houston, 26 May 2015 | Read review
“They are all nice.”
 of 5 bubbles krystalzildjian, 12 Feb 2014 | Read review
“Another perk to Cabin 3 is that it is in the shadiest spot of all of the cabins”
 of 5 bubbles breonnan, 3 Jul 2013 | Read review
“Cabins 4 and 5 are further away from the pool, which can be a noisy area.”
 of 5 bubbles abb812, 1 Apr 2013 | Read review
“Day trip-bring a lunch, snacks and drinks. Staying the night-coolers, grilling food, floaties for the kid's, fruits\carrots for animals”
 of 5 bubbles KelliE621, 21 Aug 2011 | Read review
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