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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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Great little zoo in Brownsville.

This zoo is great!!!! It has quite a good variety of animals that appear very content and well... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Harvey H
Great place to enjoy a beautiful day..

This is a beautiful and Unique place to visit...Must see when in Brownsville...so exotic, beautiful... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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500 E Ringgold St, Brownsville, TX 78520-7998
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+1 956-546-7187
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"endangered species"
in 13 reviews
"well taken care"
in 10 reviews
"butterfly exhibit"
in 7 reviews
"large variety of animals"
in 7 reviews
"beautiful animals"
in 6 reviews
"aquatic center"
in 5 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 10 reviews
"lions and tigers"
in 5 reviews
"air conditioned"
in 4 reviews
"reptile house"
in 4 reviews
"summer months"
in 4 reviews
"big cats"
in 4 reviews
"whole family"
in 4 reviews
"only complaint"
in 4 reviews
"south texas"
in 9 reviews
"gift shop"
in 8 reviews
"exhibits"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This zoo is great!!!! It has quite a good variety of animals that appear very content and well cared for overall. It is easy to get there and the staff/volunteers are very helpful.

Thank Harvey H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a beautiful and Unique place to visit...Must see when in Brownsville...so exotic, beautiful animals, great staff and lots of gift shops and places to cool off...MUST SEE!

Thank jarturosierra
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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

I brought my family here while on vacation. This is a great zoo. The animals are active and appear heathy. The enclosures are clean and the whole place seems well maintained. If you visit go to the butterfly area, it costs a couple bucks, but...More

Thank johnhansen1977
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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Was fun kids loved it. We went in the morning would recommend going later in the day some animals where not out yet because it was early. Over all great zoo

Thank Flynns S
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

This place is lovely to walk through. Very spacious. Not many people there when I went, so I was able to spend quality time looking at the animals. Very clean.

Thank Connie W
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Delightful even on a cloudy day. Great animals. Skip the butterfly pavilion until later. Must see Bird House

Thank Nana1744
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Monkey and ape families were so fun. Clean zoo. Got wheelchair in gift shop which helped me last 2 hours here, Some parts were not open like butterfly exhibit, etc.

Thank Tom J
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Reviewed 23 February 2018

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

1  Thank AdvTravelR
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

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 12 February 2018

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

2  Thank dontlikesnow44
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Jennifer M
5 April 2017|
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Hello. Pets are not allowed at the zoo.
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Mely G
18 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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15 February 2017|
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