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Gladys Porter Zoo

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500 E Ringgold St, Brownsville, TX 78520-7998
+1 956-546-7187
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Much better than I expected

I was in Brownsville on business and had some spare time so I decided to visit the Zoo. I have been... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
AdvTravelR
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AUSTIN
Exceptional zoo with humane enclosures that are secure and people friendly

Impressed with the quantity and healthy quality of the animals inside. The animals were displayed... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
ToAmerican
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Spring Arbor, Michigan
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Known to be one of the best zoos in the United States, open every day of the year.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good29%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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500 E Ringgold St, Brownsville, TX 78520-7998
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"endangered species"
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"well taken care"
in 10 reviews
"large variety of animals"
in 7 reviews
"great place to visit"
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"aquatic center"
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"lions and tigers"
in 5 reviews
"air conditioned"
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"butterfly house"
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"summer months"
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"big cats"
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"whole family"
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"only complaint"
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"south padre"
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"exhibits"
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"enclosures"
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"shade"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I was in Brownsville on business and had some spare time so I decided to visit the Zoo. I have been to many Zoos all over the country so I didn't have high hopes but was pleasantly surprised. On the outside, it certainly looks small...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Impressed with the quantity and healthy quality of the animals inside. The animals were displayed and housed so visitors can see and interact with the animals. We actually spent quite a while watching their beautiful flamingos up close and personal.

Thank ToAmerican
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We'd always heard that this zoo is really cool...but we never went. We live permanently in a city with two nice zoos and we thought "once you've seen one zoo, you've seen them all." Today we were looking for something different to do today and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Gladys porter zoo is a favorite for my son. There are a wide variety of animals. We get the season passes every year. If you want to save a few bucks sams club sells the season pass family pack for $65.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We got there early, and it rained a lot the day we went. There were only a few exhibits that I wish had been larger for the animals housed. All in all, it was an amazing experience. The people were friendly and it wasn't too...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

What to do that’s fun and get some exercise ? Visit the zoo. Always fun to visit. The grounds are well kept. Looking forward to our next visit.

Thank G G
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Gladys Porter Zoo is dedicated to the preservation of endangered species and near extinct species. It has been 4 years since we last visited Gladys Porter Zoo. There are many new exhibits since our last visit including the Butterflies, Bugs & Blooms exhibit, The...More

Thank KSMeadowlark
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Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

This is the BEST zoo we have EVER been to! The way the animals were housed was awesome. The primates were on islands. We were able to be closer to the animals in their habitats than any other zoo we have been to. It is...More

Thank Chad W
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Reviewed 15 January 2018

I've been coming to this zoo since i was a small child. I have seen pictures of my family coming here since before i was born. I've never had a bad day at the zoo. This place is amazing. would recommend anybody to stop by!

Thank guillermo a
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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

This is one of the prettiest zoos we have ever been too. The habitats were wonderful. Could see the animals up close. Loved it. Well maintained not too large. We give it a five.

Thank Marie T
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Jennifer M
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Hello. Pets are not allowed at the zoo.
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19 March 2017|
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Hello. There is no outside food permitted at the zoo. They have four concession stands throughout that provide food. There is one that sells pizza and beer. The others offer hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, nachos and more.
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