Sizing Up the Fort Worth Zoo

Fort Worth Zoo


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What To Do

Parking Included

Wild Encounters Included

Texas Wild! Petting Coral Included

Yellow Rose Express Train $3 per trip ($2 if you are a member)

Outdoor Learning Theatre Included

Tasmanian Climbing Tower $4 per person

Country Carousel $3 per person ($2 if you are a member)

Playbarn Included

Wild West Shooting Gallery $1 per play

Texas Nature Traders Free if you bring an item from nature to trade

Walking Tours $2.25 per person

Safari Splash $5 ($4 if you are a member)


The Fort Worth Zoo has constantly and consistently been rated one of the top zoos in the nation, and for good reason. The exhibits at the Fort Worth Zoo go beyond merely presenting animals to the children, it creates a jungle atmosphere that everyone buys into. As soon as you enter the gates, tribal music and a rush of humid air immerse you into this environment. Flowing water is heard as you cross over a bridge and immediately enter into the Ape and Monkey exhibit where the squeals of a bonobo at play take over. The zoo continues in this way, weaving you through zebras, Asian elephants, tigers, lions, bears, hyenas, rhinos, hippos, giraffes, penguins, snakes, and on and on.

Before I had children, I was a bit of a zoo snob. I don't know why, but I've always loved zoos. I think I missed my calling as a zoologist or something. I love African animals. So, needless to say, I've visited my fair share of zoos. Aside from the San Diego Zoo, none that I've visited come close to the experience presented at the one in Fort Worth.

Many of the zoos I visit have small fences surrounding the animal, and the variety of animals on exhibit are limited to large cats and small monkeys. At zoos such as this, all I can focus on as a spectator is how much the animals are missing out on a free life back in their native land. That thought never once crosses my mind at the Fort Worth Zoo. The Fort Worth Zoo has a huge variety of animals, 540 according to their website. And they are currently expanding and planning on growing that number. See a full list at their website.

So, what else does the zoo offer? They have an interactive animals show that rotates its theme from season to season. During this, you get to see animals that aren't even on display in the zoo. They have snakes that you can pet, and interactive feedings where a zoo keeper is there to answer any questions you have about any of the animals. They have a petting zoo that currently isn't that awesome, but they are in the process of revamping it. They have a playground in a barn for the kids to visit. They have multiple inside exhibits so you can escape the heat of a Texas summer. The list goes on.

I highly recommend this zoo. It really isn't that expensive considering everything they offer, and parking is included. When does that happen?


  • They have a white tiger.

  • The baby animals are always on exhibit, and there are always new baby animals at the zoo.

  • They have a Texas Nature Traders on site.

  • Their website has printable pages to help kids focus on the learning while at the zoo.


  • No African elephants. (Though the Dallas zoo recently acquired some that came directly from Africa due to drought.)

  • The train inside the zoo is crazy expensive for the five-minute ride you get to go on. The train outside the zoo is much more reasonable.

So, again I ask. What are you doing right now? Nothing. Grab your kids, head to the zoo and explore life!

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