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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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Worth it!

Great zoo with a variety of animals from all continents. Took us about 3 hours to do the whole zoo... read more

Reviewed 2 June 2017
Abilene, Texas
via mobile
A Family Favorite

A great place to take kids. The landscape is pretty and parts of it are very shaded. A family AZA... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2017
Rebecca T
via mobile
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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 2 June 2017 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 29 May 2017 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 27 May 2017

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
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Been to Zoos around the US and other countries and this zoo is one of the best! Pros Easy to navigate Exhibits are good Bathrooms located throughout Scenery is nice Bird exhibit is my favorite Cons Parking can be a chance at times Summertime is...More

Thank Israel R
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Not only is this a great zoo and a must do. They rehabilitated an injured blue heron back to health. This blue heron was released to its new home in the wild 3 days ago. They have wonderful people that care greatly for the animals....More

Thank Fins2Feathers
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Don't expect the San Diego Zoo or The Living Desert, but well worth visit. We found it best to visit on an overcast, not too hot, day. We took our time going through; spent less than 4 hours there.

Thank FargoKim
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Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

Definitely recommend to stop here and take photos with the family. All the animals usually out to take great pictures with a great atmosphere

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 27 April 2017

We had read that Gladys Porter was a pretty decent zoo and decided to visit when we were in the area. It was a rainy day but with a perk - their group of gorillas carousing in delight, catching raindrops on their tongues, rolling in...More

Thank tripsforwalters
Reviewed 27 April 2017

We have been going to Brownsville for 10 yrs and always visit the zoo witch I believe is the best that says a lot.

Thank tomshav41
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

The zoo is really well designed, the animals have a lot of space to move around and they seem healthy and happy! Recommended for families and couples

Thank SofiCortes
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Jennifer M
5 April 2017|
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Response from Velia L | Reviewed this property |
Hello. Pets are not allowed at the zoo.
Mely G
18 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.
15 February 2017|
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500 E Ringgold St, Brownsville, TX