Exploring Nature

Featured Animals/Aquariums/Zoos/Wildlife

Austin Zoo

Located on approximately 15 acres of land, Austin Zoo features over 350 animals of more than 100 different species. Groups can take a scenic train ride through the hills to see the animals from a distance or get up close on a tour of the zoo. 10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin, TX 78736. Tel: 512-288-1490. Cost: Fee.... More Info

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Abilene Zoo

2070 Zoo Ln., Abilene, TX 79602. 325-676-6487. A zoo with over 600 animals of indoor and outdoor facilities. Fee.

Amarillo Zoo

N.E. 24th & Dumas Hwy, Amarillo, TX 79105. 806-381-7911. A zoo with 60 species of animals including amphibians, invertebrates, reptiles, and mammals. Fee/Free admission Mondays.

Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo

5640 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd., New Braunfels, TX 78132. 830-608-9270. Groups will learn about and interact with animals during Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo’s educational shows. Animals at the facility include otters, alligators, birds, snakes, and more. Fee.

Bear Creek Pioneers Park

3535 War Memorial Dr., Houston, TX 77084. 281-496-2177. The 2,154-acre park features an aviary and wildlife habitat containing deer, sheep, peacocks, ducks, and more. Free.

Caldwell Zoo

A 35-acre zoo, started in 1937, with elephants, giraffes, birds, and aquariums from North America, African Savanna, and South America regions. 2203 Martin Luther King Blvd., Tyler, TX 75702. Tel: 903-593-0121. Cost: Fee.

Children's Aquarium at Fair Park

1462 First Ave., Dallas, TX 75226. 469-554-7340. An aquarium featuring interactive exhibits with freshwater and shore mammals such as alligators, eels, starfish, crabs, sharks, and more. Fee.

Dallas World Aquarium

1801 North Griffin St., Dallas, TX 75202. 214-720-2224. Visit a two-level aquarium with a rain forest exhibit of endangered species and aquatic mammals from Japan, Indonesia, Fiji, and more. Fee.

El Paso Zoo

Home to over 600 animals with 175 species in natural habitats. 4001 E. Paisano, El Paso, TX 79905. Tel: 915-212-2826. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities. Guided Activities. Cost: Fee.

Ellen Trout Zoo and Park

402 Zoo Circle, On the north Loop 287, Lufkin, TX 75904. 936-633-0403. Take a tour of Ellen Trout Zoo and Park, which is home to Eclectus Parrots and over 700 reptiles, birds, and mammals from around the world. Fee.

Fort Worth Zoo

1989 Colonial Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76110. 817-759-7555. Observe over 7,000 native and exotic animals at the oldest zoo in Texas with 41 different species. Fee/Suggested donation.

Frank Buck Zoo

1000 W. California St., Gainesville, TX 76240. 940-668-4539. Bring your group closer to nature with a tour of the interactive zoo known for having one of the only giraffe feeding exhibits. Fee.

Gator Country Rescue

21159 FM 365 Rd., Winnie, TX 77705. 409-794-9453. At Gator Country Rescue, groups will have the chance to learn about reptiles and amphibians, as well as hold, touch, and swim with gators. Fee.

Gladys Porter Zoo

500 Ringgold St., Brownsville, TX 78520. 956-546-2177. At Gladys Porter Zoo, groups will encounter a diverse ensemble of 377 species of animals and 255 species of tropical plants from Africa, Asia, Tropical America, and Indo-Australia. Fee.

Kempner Springs Herpetological Center and Zoo (KSHCZ)

0978 Reptile Ave., Kempner, TX 76539. 512-525-9616. Established in 1998, the Kempner Springs Herpetological Center and Zoo features reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and more. Fee.