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Fort Worth Zoo

1989 Colonial Parkway | Fort Worth, TX 76109 | Official website
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  • Type: Zoos and Aquariums
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.5)
Value: 4.5 (4.5)
Facilities: 4.5 (4.5)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Since it opened in 1909, this Texas zoo has been exposing Fort Worth residents and visitors to wildlife from around the world. When it first opened, the Fort Worth Zoo contained one lion, two bears, a coyote, a peacock, an alligator and some rabbits; now, it's a full menagerie with exhibits housing everything from cheetahs to flamingos. Make your way to the Australian Outback and Great Barrier Reef exhibits to mingle with Aussie residents like kangaroos and blacktip reef sharks, or visit the Asian Falls area for views of the stunning white tigers. Recent visitors also highly recommend spending time in the Museum of Living Art, an award-winning facility that houses some 5,700 birds, reptiles and amphibians who live among hand-painted murals.

Those who have visited the zoo find plenty of aspects to praise, including the well-shaded pathways (lined with water misters primed to keep you cool on hot summer days) and the option to bring your own food and beverages. But heed the advice from these travelers to not ignore the other pastimes found on zoo grounds. For example, spend some time in Texas Town, a model Wild West village complete with a petting corral and a shooting gallery as well as several snack options.

You'll find this highly praised zoo in southwestern Fort Worth. Though you can get there by bus from downtown (take the No. 6 or 7), you will find yourself doing a considerable amount of walking from the bus stop to the zoo gates. Your best bet is to drive the 3½ miles from the downtown area and fork over $5 to park. From mid-February through September, the Fort Worth Zoo is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Between late September and late October, the zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; and from late October through mid-February, the zoo is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults and $9 for seniors and children ages 3 to 12 (kids 2 and younger can enter for free). Visit on a Wednesday to take advantage of half-price entry. To learn more, check out the Fort Worth Zoo website.

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