The Houston Zoo provides a fun and unique experience that connects communities with animals to inspire action to save wildlife. Where else can you see African lions, Asian elephants, and California sea lions...all without leaving the city of Houston? Each year, 2.4 million guests take part in the wonder and magnificence of creatures big and small from all over the globe and learn ways in which they can help save animals in the wild.
Find your new favorite animal among the more than 6,000 animals who call the Houston Zoo home. Make sure to visit the Houston Zoo website upon arrival for information on special animal activities that will take place during your time at the Zoo.
HOURS & ADMISSION
Open 7 days a week, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (last admission 4:00 pm)
Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, All hours subject to change; see website for more details -
- Buy tickets: Online reservations are required for all guests. Members do not need reservations and can enter through our Member Entrance. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the gate. Buy tickets early for the best price! Free Tuesdays: Free daytime admission to the Houston Zoo is provided once a month from open until closing. See Prices & Discounts.
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. See parking options in Hermann Park.
Events at Houston Zoo
Galápagos Islands Exhibit Opens
Experience at Houston Zoo
Special Offers / Dining
Make sure to stop by Cypress Circle Café! This Green Restaurant Certified conscientious café focuses on providing locally sourced, sustainable fares that are delicious and wholesome for the entire family. You can skip the line and place your order online here.
- We have a Restaurant
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.
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.
Visit Twiga’s spacious, cool dining room to snack on everything from hamburgers to salads to chicken tenders. Pizza, a variety of other kids’ options, and snacks like fresh fruit, cookies, trail mix, and more are also available. Sit outside and watch the giraffes or rhinos while you eat!
Albert & Ethel 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.
Within Walking Distance
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