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Gladys Porter Zoo

#1 of 28 things to do in Brownsville Features Animals
500 E Ringgold St, Brownsville, TX 78520-7998
+1 956-546-7187
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We got there at opening to miss the real hot part od the day. It is a great zoo. Animals are out... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Krista W
via mobile
Never disappoints!!

This is by far our favorite place to go as a family. Every time is like the first time! I would... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Port Isabel, Texas
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Known to be one of the best zoos in the United States, open every day of the year.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good30%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:30
500 E Ringgold St, Brownsville, TX 78520-7998
+1 956-546-7187
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We got there at opening to miss the real hot part od the day. It is a great zoo. Animals are out everywhere. Lots of shade as you walk thru. Bathrooms and inside displays are air conditioned helped cool of as you walk thru. Price...More

Thank Krista W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is by far our favorite place to go as a family. Every time is like the first time! I would recommend any family coming here. The middle of the week seems to be less crowded and try to go in the morning. It does...More

Thank cherrie17
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I grew up going to the Gladys Porter Zoo. Now that I've moved away and come back for a visit, I was pleasantly surprised to see all the new upgrades to the zoo and excellent maintenance of an already fantastic place where the animals are...More

Thank Maggie H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family absolutely loved this zoo!! It is not expensive ($40 for 4 of us, 2 adults and 2 eight year olds). You could spend the whole day there but we only spent a few hours. It is one of the nicest and best laid...More

Thank Lynn S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A gem of an activity. Just the right size for several hours of walking enjoyment. First class zoo with open exhibits, virtually no fences. Go early or late in the day to see more animal behaviors.

Thank thomasdemaar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Small zoo with really good attractions, feeding the giraffes was fun. The design of the zoo made the zoo bigger but didn't tire you out. Some of the concessions were closed, we went during the week. Not much of a crowd. This zoo represents Brownsville...More

Thank marcelor576
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We recently moved down here and purchased a membership on our second trip to the zoo. We've been back about five or six times and absolutely adore this zoo! It's better than the SA zoo. It's hard to find polite employees here but since it's...More

1  Thank Stephanie S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great zoo with a variety of animals from all continents. Took us about 3 hours to do the whole zoo. I personally feel many of the exhibits could use some updating that would make the animals happier but I also understand that it would take...More

Thank hagerbaker
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great place to take kids. The landscape is pretty and parts of it are very shaded. A family AZA membership is 70 for the whole year. We go frequently. During the summer months we mostly do the inside parts like the aquarium. The membership...More

Thank Rebecca T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In my experience, this is 2nd only to the San Diego zoo and Sarafi Park. The grounds are very easy to navigate, and just the right size. Staff is very knowledgeable. New additions like the butterfly house and the aquatic center with the stingray tank...More

Thank Sent117
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Jennifer M
we are traveling with 2 small dogs. can the come in if kept in a carrier?
6 April 2017|
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Response from Velia L | Reviewed this property |
Hello. Pets are not allowed at the zoo.
Mely G
Can you take in outside food in the zoo
19 March 2017|
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Response from Velia L | Reviewed this property |
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.
what is the address??
16 February 2017|
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Response from Johnny C | Reviewed this property |
500 E Ringgold St, Brownsville, TX