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Frank Buck Zoo

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1000 W California St, Gainesville, TX 76240-4675
+1 940-668-4539
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A must see adventure for the family

Best place to take the family on a Saturday outing. So many different animals to see and you can... read more

Reviewed 6 January 2018
Stepperguy
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Lone Grove, Oklahoma
Good Zoo for a quick visit

My first time here, and I and the family enjoyed it. We went on a Tuesday, and it was rather cool... read more

Reviewed 17 November 2017
GhostTX
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Sherman, Texas
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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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  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
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1000 W California St, Gainesville, TX 76240-4675
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Reviewed 6 January 2018

Best place to take the family on a Saturday outing. So many different animals to see and you can even feed the Giraffes if you get there early enough. There are refreshments available and a gift shop to explore as well. The people that staff...More

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FrankBuckZoo, General Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We are glad that you have enjoyed you experience and all the zoo and park have to offer. Sincerely, Zoo Staff

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Reviewed 17 November 2017

My first time here, and I and the family enjoyed it. We went on a Tuesday, and it was rather cool and cloudy. Due to that, besides the zoo staff, we were the only ones there. I liked the layout, and they had a fair...More

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FrankBuckZoo, General Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We are glad that y'all enjoyed your visit. As you could see we are busy opening and upgrading a couple of animal habitats. One of our winter projects is to produce new habitat...More

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Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

This small town zoo is a delight. A walkable circle with an elevated viewing deck most of the way around. Really a nice vantage point for the zebras, ostrich, camel, donkey and giraffe. Surprised to see kangaroos, wombats, wallabies, and kookaburras Not a national zoo...More

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FrankBuckZoo, General Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We are glad to learn you enjoyed your visit. Sincerely, Zoo Staff

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Reviewed 5 October 2017

What a wonderful opportunity to visit a small town zoo! The grandson loved it, and the property is in good condition and the animals appeared well cared for.

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FrankBuckZoo, General Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We are glad to learn you enjoyed your visit, the well maintained grounds and our animal family. Sincerely, Zoo Staff

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

We went on a hot Saturday morning. We walked around on the board walk and enjoy seeing a nice variety of animals. This is a small zoo and a nice size for a couple of hours with small children.

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FrankBuckZoo, General Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. Be sure to come back and visit when the weather is a little cooler. Sincerely, Zoo Staff

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

I took my grand child to the soon when she was visiting me and she loved it. She loved all kinds of animals and was interested in learning about them. The zoo is clean and the animals are all very well behaved .

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FrankBuckZoo, General Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Sarah, Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We are glad to learn that you and your grandchild enjoyed your visit. We are glad that you appreciate both our animal family and our well maintained grounds. Sincerely, Zoo Staff

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Reviewed 2 October 2017

Gainesville, Texas is not a extremely large city, but it does have an exceptional zoo. The Frank Buck zoo is extremely well laid out and run. The wide variety of animals are in large and easily viewed areas. This zoo is perfect for children of...More

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FrankBuckZoo, General Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We are glad to learn that you appreciate the work and care that goes into caring for our animal family and their surroundings. Sincerely, Zoo Staff

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Reviewed 2 October 2017

Frank Buck Zoo was a planned destination for us. We live in north Texas but aren't originally from the area. We've heard about it from friends but have never visited...until now. We knew going in that it isn't a "major zoo" by any stretch. Nor...More

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FrankBuckZoo, General Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. Thank you for your kind words. We are glad to learn that you and your granddaughter enjoyed your visit, and plan to return. Sincerely, Zoo Staff

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Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

Nice zoo for the price. Not a whole lot of animals but enough for the kids to engage with. Nothing special at all. It's a quick walk around but it's well kept and not too packed. If you wanna take the kids for a nice...More

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FrankBuckZoo, General Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We are glad you and the kids enjoyed your visit and appreciate the work the staff puts into not only animal care but also the grounds. We are glad to hear you will...More

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Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

We stopped here on the way back from the casino. The zoo is nice, not overly priced for its size. Some of the exhibits were under construction but there still were plenty to see. We went mid day so some of the animals were napping....More

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FrankBuckZoo, General Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2017

FrankBuckZoo, Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this review Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit, and appreciate our mixed species African savannah. You may not have realized that the construction...More

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Taylor S
20 January 2018|
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Response from FrankBuckZoo | Property representative |
The best time to visit the zoo varies depending upon the time of year and temperature. During cold months the best time to visit is the warmest part of the day. Currently we are open 10am-4pm, last tickets are sold at... More
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Jammett
23 October 2016|
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ZOO BOO is held the last Sat. in October, unless that Sat. is Halloween, then it is backed up a weekend. Tickets may be purchased at the zoo giftshop, in advance, the day of the event. The event is held from 6pm-8pm, last... More
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Admission is $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for Seniors and Military, $4.50 for children ages 1-12yrs.
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