A day spent at the Zoo is a great day, and now is a perfect time to visit the Dallas Zoo. It’s no secret that it’s the oldest and largest zoological park in Texas, but there’s also tons of new things to experience at the Zoo—Seriously, you’ll want to arrive early to fit it all in! Here’s a few of the new attractions you won’t want to miss.
Give your children (ages 3-8) this super cool and enriching opportunity to connect to Texan roots during Junior Rancher Adventure. They’ll dress the part, help animal keepers with morning routines, meet miniature longhorns, feed Texas animals and learn about life on the farm. It’s a 75-minute adventure in the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo and your children go home with a cowboy hat for a keepsake!
Hippos are returning to Dallas! And you’ll be able to watch the world’s third-largest land mammal – one male and one female – from multiple vantage points around the Zoo, including an impressive underwater viewing area where you can get a close-up look at these extraordinary creatures. Check the Zoo’s website and learn about the hippos before visiting the immersive African waterhole habitat. Pro Tip: While you’re in the Wilds of Africa area, swing by and say hi to the Zoo’s new baby gorilla, Saambili!
Feed apples to an African elephant and meet an endangered penguin, among other animal ambassadors, during this unique, 90-minute Backstage Safari experience. This “behind the scenes” activity is offered on Saturday and Sunday mornings from March through November, so be sure to make your reservations early. Your Backstage Safari fee goes directly to the Dallas Zoo’s wildlife conservation efforts!
End your action-packed day with a magical evening of twinkling lights. The Dallas Zoo has a new tradition for the holiday season! On select nights from November 16 through January 1, visitors can experience Zoo Lights with the price of Zoo admission. Walk through the Zoo along a path of light-wrapped trees, overhead hanging light displays, 3-D light sculptures and more. There will also be musical performances, wonderful holiday photo opportunities and arts and crafts for the kiddos to enjoy.
Photos Courtesy: Dallas Zoo