About Fort Worth Zoo
Fort Worth Zoo has been opened since 1909 and is home to more than 7,000 animals and a world-famous reptile collection. They focus on education and conservation, enhancing the lives of more than 1 million visitors a year. They also have MOLA-Museum of Living Art, Texas Town, and Texas Hall of Wonders. The Fort Worth Zoo is home to 68 endangered and threatened species on the state and federal levels.
The Zoo has been ranked the No. 5 zoo in North America by USA Today, the Best Zoo in Texas by Yahoo Travel, the No. 5 zoo in the nation by USA Travel Guide, the No. 1 attraction in the DFW Metroplex by Zagat survey and a top 10 zoo or aquarium by FamilyFun magazine and TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards.
The Fort Worth Zoo showcases the native Texas habitats by embracing the Texas terrain and different ecosystems.
The New African Savanna
Best walking route at Fort Worth Zoo
Start off at 10 AM
- African Savannah
- World of Primates
- Asian Falls
- Raptor Canyon
- Lunch at Zoo Creek Cafe
- Australian Outback
- Outdoor Learning Theater
- Petting Zoo, Carousel, Texas Wild
- Snack at Bluebonnet Cafe
- Tram ride back
- Splash pad
- Snack at Monkey Business
You should be done by 5 PM
Useful Tips to enhance your Zoo experience
- Get there at 10 AM and plan to spend the entire day there
- Have a hearty breakfast before you head here, it will set the tone for the day
- It is a walk through zoo, so prepare the family accordingly
- There is ample parking for everyone; don’t worry if there is a whole queue of cars leading up to the parking lot, you might need to walk a little to the entrance of the zoo
- Carry a stroller if you’d like, there are special stroller ramps across the Zoo
- Please carry swimwear and change of clothes. You can’t enter the Splash pad without swimwear, we missed out on this (also because we were exhausted and had a long drive back home)
- Carry enough snacks and some meals for the kids and yourselves
- Hydrate well, it can be exhausting to walk around
- Ensure your geared for the day in the sun with hats, sunscreen, sunglasses and umbrellas if needed. Check out cheap summer gear from Dollar Tree to prepare you for the season
- Try to make it on a weekday
- Get a POGO Pass. It is such an economical option instead of paying for entrance fees at every location. Check out the detailed post to get 60% off
Animals you can see at Fort Worth Zoo
Over 148 species of birds including Flamingos, Macaw, Vulture, Owls & the penguins were my absolute favorite
- You can see all sorts of mammals ranging from Coyote to the king of the junle
- I really wish the Tigers & Lions were not kept in such situations 🙁 My heart really aches for them. They belong in the open jungles and not in cages. If you do take your kids here, please explain how these animals are merely exhibits and do not belong here.
- Jaguar, Coyote, Hippos, Tiger, Mountain Lions, African Lions, Ibex, Kangaroo, White Tiger & Zebras
Over 30 species of Fish including Nemo!
Different species of Snakes, Turtles, Tortoises, crocodiles & lizards
Activities at Forth Worth Zoo
- Play barn – This is a fantastic play area for toddlers & kids. It is indoors, so a perfect place for them to cool off
- Yellow Rose Express Train ride – This is a fun little ride that brings you back towards the entrance. You don’t see any animals but the experience is fun with the kids on board
- Outdoor Learning Theater
- Petting Corral
- Wild West shooting gallery
- Tasmanian Tower
- Safari Splash
If you are traveling further south towards Houston, check out this post on the Bayou Wildlife Zoo in Alvin, Texas.
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