Photo Day at the Houston Zoo
Sunday, Sep. 30, 2018 – Sunday, Sep. 30, 2018
07:00 AM – 09:00 AM
Join us for Photo Day!
Sunday, September 30, 2018
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Want a chance to get unique photos of our lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!)? Join us for Photo Day as we highlight a few of our exotic residents.
Photo Day allows photographers of all skill levels a chance to visit the Zoo and take great animal photos, all before the Zoo opens. Guests can enjoy the cooler morning weather and lighter crowd, plus see the animals at a time of day when they are most active. A Zookeeper will also be available to talk about our featured animals and answer any questions.
A light continental breakfast is provided for event guests. The Houston Zoo is making strides to reduce plastics, including bottled water, to help save animals like sea turtles in the wild. Please bring your reusable water bottle with you to this event.
To ensure a great experience, please note that there will be walking for this event so event guests are encouraged to wear appropriate shoes.
This event is rain or shine. All activities are included in your ticket price. Space is limited so buy your tickets early!
Photo Op Schedule
7:00 a.m. – 7:20 a.m. Light Continental Breakfast & Refreshments
Please remember to bring your reusable water bottles.
7:30 a.m. – Lions
8:00 a.m. – Tigers
8:30 a.m. – Bears
General Registration (through September 29) – Online Only
Day-of Registration (September 30) – On-site
Children UNDER 2 are FREE
HOURS & ADMISSION
Daylight Savings Time, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm (last admission 6pm)
Central Standard Time, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm (last admission 5pm)
Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, All hours subject to change - See website for more details
Zoo Lights Times: Daytime 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Zoo Lights: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
- Adults 12-64: $19. Children 2-11: $15. Senior 65+: $12.50. Children Under 2: Free. | The Houston Zoo offers free admission to guests on the first Tuesday of each month September through May from 12:00 p.m. until closing. Does not apply to June, July and August.
Directions & Parking
- Free Parking
- Paid Parking
- The Houston Zoo does not have its own parking lot; free parking is available in Hermann Park. Please note, parking is limited so consider arriving early or using public transportation.
Special Offers / Dining
Wherever you are in the Houston Zoo, you’re never far away from a snack. Cafes, carts and kiosks are located throughout the Zoo and feature items such as burgers, salads, hot dogs, soft pretzels, popcorn, fresh fruit, beverages and more.
Our chefs are constantly working to provide Zoo guests with exciting new options for refreshments. The latest addition includes themed food trucks with a variety of savory and sweet options. Visit the Masakan truck located near our jaguar habitat for Asian inspired cuisine, and our BBQ Americana trailer for smoked meats and classic sides.
The perfect place to grab a quick bite as you enter the Zoo, Macaw Café offers a seasonal rotation of market salads and wraps, sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, fries, and a variety of treats such as parfaits, cookies, trail mix, and fresh fruit.
Herzstein Trading Post
Feeling the need for a sweet treat? Here’s your place. Located at the entrance of African Forest, the Trading Post offers Dole Whips as well as a variety of other snacks and treats, including cookies, large pretzels, and popcorn. You’ll also find beverages like soda, juice and Saint Arnold beer.
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