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Frank Buck Zoo

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Address: 1000 W. California Street, Gainesville, TX 76240
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+1 940-668-4539
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Discover Frank Buck Zoo for a one of a kind family experience. Located in...

Discover Frank Buck Zoo for a one of a kind family experience. Located in 85-acre tree filled Leonard Park which offers picnic tables, two covered pavilions, a sprawling community playground, Leonard Park Aquatic Center (seasonal), and miniature train ride (seasonal). An ideal value priced day trip destination for families and youth organizations. Discounted admission available for school groups. Located right in the heart of Gainesville, Texas, the Frank Buck Zoo has been serving the children, schools and citizens of North Central Texas and Southern Oklahoma for over 50 years. Over 75,000 guests visit the Frank Buck Zoo annually. In March of 2008 the Frank Buck Zoo became home to the World's Only Frank Buck Exhibit when Frank's daughter Barbara Buck befriended the zoo staff and donated items that belonged to her father. Resulting in a fascinating collection of camp tools used to capture animals and media memorabilia from the 1930, 1940, & 1950's. Be sure to plan your zoo arrival in time to experience the 10:30am daily public giraffe feeding. Experience a "giraffe's eye-view" of the African Savannah exhibit from an elevated walkway, the exhibit is home to eight different species of animals. Pause to take in the view at the African Outpost overlooking the water hole. Be sure to have quarters on hand so little ones can feed the friendly goats.

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Really neat.

Very cool place to visit! Who would have "thunk" there would be a zoo in the middle of Gainesville TX?!?!? Really neat exhibits. Petting zoo. Takes about 1 hr.to walk the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Beverly W
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Wichita Falls, Texas
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Wichita Falls, Texas
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44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very cool place to visit! Who would have "thunk" there would be a zoo in the middle of Gainesville TX?!?!? Really neat exhibits. Petting zoo. Takes about 1 hr.to walk the entire place. Also has a really neat train big enough for parents and kids to ride the cars and go all over the place. Great for family outings with... More 

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Susan J. K, Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this review

Beverly, Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit! Be sure to check back as we have exciting things happening at the Frank Buck Zoo :) More 

Aubrey, Texas, United States
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68 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Frank Buck is a wonderfully compact zoo to take younger kids. They have done a splendid job with the facilities and the animals are well displayed. What with the park/playground and train just outside the door, it is a great, reasonable day out. Very helpful staff as well.

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Susan J. K, General Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this review

Chuck, Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We are glad you enjoyed your visit with the grandkids :) Sincerely, Zoo Staff More 

Monticello, Arkansas
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43 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Nice little zoo next to large park with playground; Low admission price of $6.50; Excellent for young children under 10

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Susan J. K, Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this review

Kristal, Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. As you discovered, we are the perfect size for young children and grandparents to enjoy together :) More 

Spring Texas, United States
2 reviews
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Just one hour north of Dallas is a pleasant surprise in Frank Buck Zoo. The admission was only 6.50 and the facility is wonderful. We were surprised to walk on the boardwalk above many of the animals. Great staff.

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Susan J. K, Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this review

Kevin, Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We are glad that you stopped in and discovered us! Our staff is the best :) More 

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93 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

This is an excellent zoo for young children . Like under the age of 10. The zoo can be done in about an hour and these is a cute little train ride and community park on the same property. We went for the giraffe feeding experience and my kids loved it !! For an extra $2 per feeding , it's... More 

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Susan J. K, Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit! Pardon our progress as we were busy updating exhibits for Spring. We are not usually blessed with so much warm weather so early. We have been busy! All of our exhibits are now occupied just in time for Spring Break. More 

Gainesville, Texas
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

My son's grade from school went here on a field trip. It is a nice little zoo. There is also a large playground for the kids to play on.

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Susan J. K, Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this review

Amanda, Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We are glad y'all enjoyed your visit. VIP Flamingo Feeding takes place 10:15am daily (restrictions apply, inquire at admissions). Public Giraffe feeding takes place 10:30am daily. More 

Sanger, Texas
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8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This so is not very big. That being said it is still a very nice zoo. The perfect size for smaller kids. They will not get tired walking around. It's a great place to spend a slow morning. Favorite part is that you get to feed the giraffes. Be sure to check what times of day you can feed them.

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Susan J. K, Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this review

Amanda, Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We are glad y'all enjoyed your visit. VIP Flamingo Feeding takes place 10:15am daily (restrictions apply, inquire at admissions). Public Giraffe feeding takes place 10:30am daily. More 

Chico, Texas
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

My daughters and I love this zoo! It is a really great place to bring small kids. The zoo goes in a big circle so that you end up where you started, which parents will understand is a really good thing. It is stroller and wagon friendly, make sure you get there in time for the giraffe feeding also! It... More 

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Susan J. K, Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this review

Angela, Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We are glad y'all enjoyed your visit. VIP Flamingo Feeding takes place 10:15am daily (restrictions apply, inquire at admissions). Public Giraffe feeding takes place 10:30am daily. More 

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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

We have a season pass to the Zoo and have enjoyed coming often to view the animals. The animals appear to be well cared for and happy. While it does not have as much animal diversity as Dallas or Fort Worth it keeps the attention of small children perfectly. Our favorite animals are the Flamingos, Cheetahs and Vultures.

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Susan J. K, General Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this review

Kristen, Thank you for being an annual pass holder and taking the time to review the zoo. We are glad your family enjoys visiting us throughout the year! More 

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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

If you are within an hour's drive, this is a fantastic stop. Quiet, nicely laid out. active and unique animals. Inexpensive and a nice adjoining park with grills and playground. Go in the morning in summer and afternoon in the winter.

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Amy, Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

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