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Exotic Resort Zoo
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Reviewed 7 July 2017

Since this is not the typical place to stay this is a rather long review.

I have very mixed feelings about this establishment. We stayed one night in cabin 1.

We had traveled to the mid west to pick up our granddaughter and take her to some special places on our way back home to the coast. This is one of the locations we chose because of her love for animals. We had kept the stay a secret in order to surprised her. She was THRILLED when we pulled into the parking lot.

From the point of view of a 7 year old little girl this place was the cat's meow! She LOVED it! She was ear to ear most of the time. As we checked in the person who helped us (a young man) was polite, fast talking and very down to business...no warmth/friendliness. In all fairness however... he was not at all rude. The fee for one night, including our 13 pound pup (she was an extra $25), was $165 after taxes and fees. Steep for us, but we really wanted to treat the little one.

After checking in we let our granddaughter go around the gift shop and pick a stuffed animal and a t-shirt. We also purchased a couple of buckets of food for the animals. We then eagerly headed to the cabin. A little while later we returned to get her the guide book of the types of animals that were at the park, and there was a little wooden toy I liked, but no price on it. At this time the owner was behind the desk. She was very friendly. I asked her how much the little wooden toy was and she asked one of her employees, who got a notebook down and began looking for the price. The owner and I continued to chat and the girl looking could not find the price, so the owner quoted me $3.00. As she was ringing me up the other woman found it was a $5.00 item, and the owner decided NOT to honor the price she had quoted to me. For some reason, after spending that much money there right off the bat, that extra $2.00 I was charged really bothered me.

Our little one (as well as our little dog) was thrilled with the cabin...us not so much. It was cute, and basically clean, but for the price we were bothered by a number of things. The bathroom had no ceiling. The top of it is open by about 2 to 3 feet all the way around ...not very private. The lavatory fixtures were not attached to the sink, nor was the shower head to the wall. They were attached enough to utilize, but moved a lot whenever you tried to turn them on, off or adjust. There was an unpleasant odor near the toilet. The a/c in the bedroom made a lot of noise, and was not cooling at all. The filter was filthy. We had to turn it off. The living room floor leans, and has a horrible unavoidable and very audible creek which made it impossible to walk through the cabin at night, even on tiptoe, and keep things quiet. Some of the electrical outlet plates were not stable. The lamp in the living room had a sharp and broken on/off switch that made it impossible to turn on. The outside is very lit up at night, which is a really good thing, but the curtains let all the light in, which was not a good thing.

Of course we were asked to pick up our dog's waste, and we have no problem with that, but there was no garbage can outside to dispose of it in. We kept it on our porch in little plastic bags and carried it out of the park to get rid of it the following day after we checked out.

The tour was fun and a little faster than we were told. The guide was well versed in her knowledge of the animals there, but I would not call her friendly. She wasn't rude, though.

There were lots of wonderful animals of all kinds, and they seemed in good health and very well fed. As we were leaving the park to go to town to eat that evening a camel stuck his head in the backseat with our granddaughter. She was thrilled and terrified simultaneously. She regaled that story throughout the rest of our vacation.

The petting zoo that you can visit while waiting for the tour is kinda awful. The animals swarm you when you enter...mainly deer type. It made it impossible to enjoy ourselves, as they had us penned against a fence. As we struggled to exit a couple of employees walked by and offered us no assistance what ever. The petting zoo for the cabin guests is much better. However...there was an older white donkey that was very pushy in there. He wanted you to feed him exclusively, and ran off and stomped on other animals that tried to get fed. He followed us all the way through the area getting more and more aggressive. At one point he backed up into and almost stepped on my granddaughter trying to get to the food (and no...he was not underweight...just greedy), but I was able to grab her and pull her to safety. We left the area because he became impossible to deal with. He seems an odd choice for a child's petting zoo.

The pool is really cute, and seemed well maintained. It was May when we were there, so the pool was still very cold. It's funny how the kiddos don't seem to mind the cold...brrr!

We did have a great time that night, though. Our cabin's picnic table was right near the fence of the wildlife park, and we sat out that evening and fed tons of deer. Our tot was enchanted! We also had a perfect view of the kangaroos from our cabin, and our dog was enchanted...and quite curious.

The following day upon check out our little one was sad to be leaving, and said she wished she could stay another night. We were happy she was so happy which made it all worthwhile.

  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 June 2017

We had our daughters slumber party here. The cabins are all different sizes and not fancy but comfortable. Be sure to read each description online before selecting one. We had cabin #3 for the girls which had a small kitchen with fridge microwave and stove top (no oven) a table with 4 chairs, and a small full bathroom and a queen bed, nightstand and sitting chair all in one room. The second room had 2 queen beds, 2 Queen Anne chairs, night stand, desk , flat screen tv ( which they never watched) and a full big bathroom. The boys had cabin# 2 which was two queen beds in the living room with a flat screen tv, small table and chairs, a full bathroom and kitchenette. Each cabin has a small porch with bench or chairs and a picnic table outside with a BBQ pit. There is a larger BBQ pit area for larger parties and a covered area with a pool table. All the cabins are fenced in so the animals in the park stay out. There is a play ground and lake area that is only accessible to cabin renters. Inside the fenced play ground area is some animals the kids can interact with like ducks, deer, donkeys, geese, pot bellied pigs, turkeys, kangaroos and chickens. There is a big lake to fish from and you can pet a kangaroo through the fence in this area. The cabins also have a swimming pool with a shallow pool for little kids. They also have a hot tub for adults only. There is a fire pit to make smores or roast hot dogs. The kids had a great time swimming, fishing, interacting and feeding the animals and some crafts we did in the cabin. At the cabins you can feed the camels and other animals through the fence if you purchase a bucket of food when you check in. The cabins include a ticket for each person staying at the cabins for a zoo tour. We did this tour the next morning before check out at 11 am. This is a great tour for everyone of every age, be sure to purchase at least one or more buckets of food before boarding. You board a half caged trailer with seats and a canopy top to keep you out of the sun or rain. A guide drives you through a gate and the fun begins with a lot of animals that you can feed and touch. You can pet a Scottish cow, camel, deer, or a buffalo, ever petted a zebra? You can here. We have been to this zoo many times and each time is different and the kids have a great time. We had a great time at the cabins and would consider staying here again. Hope you enjoy your stay!

Stayed: May 2017
Thank Darlene N
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Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

We loved this place so much. The kids loved the deer that were so friendly. If you have a chance definitely go there. We stayed in the two story cabin. The sunsets were very pretty. I highly recommend this place.

Stayed: March 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

We were very impressed with this zoo. They had so many exotic animals from American Bison to Zebras. You can feed them and you can have a camel take the food from your mouth. Took about a hour and they give veterans a discount. We went there with part of our RV club from Hideaway

Stayed: March 2017, travelled with friends
Thank tracker88
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

I don't know how I've lived in Austin all these years and never heard of this place... it's a hidden gem! Our expectations were fairly low considering it's a zoo out in the middle of no where. We did the tour as soon as we arrived and loved it. The tour guide was informative and there were so many unique animals to see and they surrounded us to get some food (which is only $6 for a huge bucket). We were also staying in one of the cabins which was another really cool experience. There is a petting zoo right in front of the cabins, with a fishing pond and fire pit. There are also kangaroos and pot belly pigs in cages. Our highlight was a visit by the two friendly camels firs thing in the morning. The only reason I wouldn't give this 5 stars are the cabins seem a bit run down and a little dirty, but overall a really nice place. My kids loved it (13 and 14) and we would definitely come back!

Room Tip: We stayed in Cabin #3 which sleeps 6 and has a small kitchenette (no oven).
  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled with family
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