Houston Zoo

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Houston Zoo

Feed a giraffe, catch a 4-D movie or cool off in the water park at this extraordinary zoo.

The Houston Zoo is 55 acres (22 hectares) that houses more than 6,000 animals. There are snakes, Komodo dragons and white alligators in the Reptiles & Amphibians center; grizzly bears, jaguars and wolves in the Carnivores exhibit; and rhinoceros and Masai giraffes in the African Forest. It’s easy to see why more than 1.5 million people visit this diverse and entertaining zoo each year.

Pick up a map of all the exhibits at the Plan Your Day kiosk inside the main gate. Also get the schedule of “Meet the Keeper” talks, which take place throughout the day. These demonstrations by professional zoo keepers run the gambit from training a red panda to feeding a fruit bat. There are more than 20 demonstrations a day to choose from, so there’s something for everyone. Move from an elephant bath at the Elephant Barn to a Rhinoceros Viper feeding at the Reptile House, to chatting with the brave soul in charge of tending to the lions and tigers.

Don’t miss the opportunity to feed a giraffe, one of the zoo’s biggest attractions. The elegant Masai giraffes aren’t shy, so it’s possible to get within inches of these charming creatures as they pluck lettuce straight from your hands.

Summer days at the zoo are hot. Mist fans operate in the outdoor areas, or seek out indoor exhibits such as the reptile house and the aquarium. There’s a water play park for kids with paddle pools and slides. Grab an ice cream or a cold drink from one of a number of kiosks. Or, find a table in the air-conditioned restaurant.

From the end of November through early January, the zoo is decorated with thousands of lights to celebrate the holiday season. It’s a special treat to see the zoo lights at night.

There’s a 4-D Experience cinema, with special effects such as bubbles, mist and smells. Expect family-friendly movies, like “Dora & Diego’s 4-D Adventure,” based on the popular TV show “Dora the Explorer.” There’s also a gift shop and a carousel ride.

Conveniently located in Hermann Park and the Museum District, Houston Zoo is a quick metro ride or car ride from downtown hotels. Parking is free.

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Top Hotels Close to Houston Zoo

SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Houston Medical Center
SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Houston Medical Center
2.5 out of 5
6700 Main Street, Houston, TX
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥10,215 per night from Nov 13 to Nov 13
Located in Texas Medical Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rice University, Houston Methodist Hospital, and Texas Children's Hospital. Rice Stadium ...
3.9/5 Good! (953 reviews)
"Everything was great"

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2021

SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Houston Medical Center
Hotel Zaza Houston Museum District
Hotel Zaza Houston Museum District
4.5 out of 5
5701 Main Street, Houston, TX
The price is ¥27,298 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Located in Houston Museum District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Houston Contemporary Arts Museum, Cockrell Butterfly Center, and Houston Museum ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (972 reviews)
"Very nice."

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Hotel Zaza Houston Museum District
Wyndham Houston - Medical Center Hotel and Suites
Wyndham Houston - Medical Center Hotel and Suites
3.5 out of 5
6800 Main Street, Houston, TX
The price is ¥11,505 per night from Nov 17 to Nov 17
Located in Texas Medical Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rice University, Texas Children's Hospital, and Houston Methodist Hospital. Rice Stadium ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,504 reviews)
"Narrow and congested parking spaces."

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2021

Wyndham Houston - Medical Center Hotel and Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Houston Zoo

Americas Best Value Inn Medical Center Downtown
Americas Best Value Inn Medical Center Downtown
2 out of 5
2419 Riverside Dr, Houston, TX
The price is ¥7,962 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 28
Americas Best Value Inn Medical Center Downtown
Hotel Zaza Houston Museum District
Hotel Zaza Houston Museum District
4.5 out of 5
5701 Main Street, Houston, TX
The price is ¥27,298 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Hotel Zaza Houston Museum District
SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Houston Medical Center
SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Houston Medical Center
2.5 out of 5
6700 Main Street, Houston, TX
The price is ¥10,215 per night from Nov 13 to Nov 13
SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Houston Medical Center
Wyndham Houston - Medical Center Hotel and Suites
Wyndham Houston - Medical Center Hotel and Suites
3.5 out of 5
6800 Main Street, Houston, TX
The price is ¥11,505 per night from Nov 17 to Nov 17
Wyndham Houston - Medical Center Hotel and Suites
Hilton Houston Plaza / Medical Center
Hilton Houston Plaza / Medical Center
3.5 out of 5
6633 Travis St, Houston, TX
The price is ¥10,578 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Hilton Houston Plaza / Medical Center
The Westin Houston Medical Center
The Westin Houston Medical Center
4 out of 5
1709 DRYDEN ROAD, Houston, TX
The price is ¥16,603 per night from Nov 13 to Nov 13
The Westin Houston Medical Center
Houston Marriott Medical Center/Museum District
Houston Marriott Medical Center/Museum District
4 out of 5
6580 Fannin Street, Houston, TX
The price is ¥15,372 per night from Nov 13 to Nov 13
Houston Marriott Medical Center/Museum District
1 BDR Luxury Loft by Medical Center
1 BDR Luxury Loft by Medical Center
Houston, TX
1 BDR Luxury Loft by Medical Center
InterContinental Houston Medical Center, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Houston Medical Center, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
6750 Main St, Houston, TX
The price is ¥19,301 per night from Nov 12 to Nov 12
InterContinental Houston Medical Center, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.