If you’re new to the Dallas area then spending the day at the Dallas Zoo is a must. It’s a great zoo with a lot to offer for the whole family. Grab your walking shoes, here are 5 Reasons to Go to the Dallas Zoo.
The Dallas Zoo is a good sized zoo which you can see by checking the Dallas Zoo map. It’s not too big and not too little. You can definitely do it in a day or even a few hours if you just have an afternoon. I’ve been to the Dallas Zoo several times and I feel like it’s very well marked and labeled for visitors. There are tons of maps and signs showing good directions.
This hands down one of our favorite exhibits and what we do as soon as we arrive at the zoo every single time. We bypass all the other things and head straight to the African exhibit to feed the giraffes. This does cost extra (around $5) but is so worth it! My advice is to get there early and do this first so the giraffes are hungry! The giraffes will come right up at your eye level and eat from your hands. It’s an amazing experience that you and your kids will never forget!!
The Dallas Zoo has a fabulous children’s area that is great kids. There is a fun water area so if you go during warmer months bring swim gear. We usually go during spring break and let the kids take shoes/socks off. You should also bring a towel. Other features in this area include a Farm where you can pet and see baby animals, a Swap/Shop area, Bird’s Landing, and other fun amenities. They also have eateries and places to sit in the shade. Just a warning; we usually do this LAST. Our kids NEVER want to leave this spot!!
(photo courtesy of Traci Denny)
New Hippo Exhibit
Spring of 2017 opened a brand new $14 million dollar center just for the hippos! It includes an African water hole that is 24 foot by 8 foot underwater viewing window of the 120,000-gallon pool. Visitors can get really up close and personal with the hippos in their new habitat. Come meet the Hippos in the Dallas Zoo YouTube channel, check it out!
Visiting the zoo can be expensive but there is a great deal that many people don’t take advantage of and that’s getting a membership. A family membership will cost you $129 for the year but it will include 2 adults and 4 children to come year round (364 days a year!) for free parking, a subscription to the zoo magazine, free admission, exclusive members only event invites, and tons of discounts. This would be a great gift idea from grandparents or family instead of toys!
What is your favorite thing about the Dallas Zoo? Tell us in the comments!