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Fun Encounters at the Dallas Zoo

A special thank you to the Dallas Zoo and the Dallas CVB for this complimentary experience.

During our visit last month to Dallas, we thoroughly enjoyed our time together as a family touring the city.  One of the family-friendly destinations on our list was the Dallas Zoo!

My children love going to the zoo.  Seeing all the different animals, learning more about them, how they act, what they eat, where they come from, my children love everything about the experience.

dallas zoo children pic

The Dallas Zoo is pretty large, with over 100 acres to explore.  You can download maps of the different areas of the zoo, or if you have a smartphone, you can download the app.  There are strollers and wheelchairs available for rent if you need a little help getting around.

giraffe at dallas zooWhile we were at the Dallas Zoo, we pretty much let the kids go at their own pace to see and do what they wanted. We had no schedule we had to keep so we just let them do their thing.  It was terribly hot the day we were there, so there were many pit stops for rest, shade and drinks (and of course, pictures)!  Did I mention it was HOT?

dallas zooWhat I love about taking my children to the zoo is that although it provides them with fun, it is a great educational outlet.  While we were there, we happened upon one of the Wild Encounters Animal Presentations.  The children stood there, hanging on to every word. There are presentations each day of the week every half hour from 10am to 4pm.

dallas zoo trainer experienceAs we were walking along we stumbled upon some camels.  This is a seasonal exhibit and is an extra fee.  But for only $5 per child, it’s worth the investment into your children.  How often will they get the opportunity to ride a camel?

dallas zoo camel rideThere is really so much to see and do at the Dallas Zoo.  I am looking forward to the fall weather so we can go back to experience the Zoo on a cooler day.  Although the children were troopers, I think it will be much more enjoyable when the weather is nicer.


650 S R L Thornton Freeway
Dallas, Texas 75203

Ticket Prices

Adults (ages 12-64) – $12.00
Children (ages 3-11) – $9.00
Seniors (age 65 and up) – $9.00
Children (age 2 and under) – free
There is an additional fee of $8.00 for parking on each vehicle.

If you are in the Dallas area or plan on traveling to the Dallas area and looking for family-friendly destinations, I highly recommend the Dallas Zoo.  With over 100 acres, there is so much to see and explore!

Does your family love going to the zoo?

About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


  1. 1

    We love the zoo, and this looks like a great zoo to visit.

  2. 2

    What a fun time! Love these photos!

  3. 3

    I love zoos! We don’t have a (good) one so we always like to visit them when we are in a city that is lucky enough to have one. Dallas Zoo looks like a fun place.

  4. 4

    Oh wow it looks like you had an amazing time – I would love to go the zoo I haven’t been for years. x

  5. 5

    I love going to zoos! Your kids look like they had the best time! I love when there are people there to educate on top of just walking through to see the animals. It enhances the experience for sure!

  6. 6

    I don’t know if my family does, but I LOVE to go to the zoo. I think it would be neat to visit different zoos around the world.

  7. 7

    Wow, that’s crazy inexpensive for such a huge zoo! Our zoo is almost that much & they have like, 4 animals.

  8. 8

    We can’t wait until my sister and her family come and visit, the Dallas Zoo is on the top of the list to take my nephews too!

  9. 9

    Looks like so much fun! My boys wanted to ride the camel at the zoo in Chattanooga, but we just didn’t have the time.

  10. 10

    Yes, we love going to the Zoo. We’ve been to a few between NY and NJ. Its a good way for the kids to learn about some of the animals they’ve read about.

  11. 11

    I’ve never been to Dallas but we do love the zoo. That looks like reasonable prices.

  12. 12

    Ha — LOVE the grins on their faces for that Camel Ride

  13. 13

    Your photos are exceptional! I really love Dallas and hope to return for a visit soon.

  14. 14

    I agree that the zoo is a great educational outlet! It looks like you family had a great time.

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    I think its awesome that you can ride a camel. I wish our zoo had that!

  16. 16

    That trip looked like so much fun. I rode a camel once in Israel and figured it was a once in a lifetime experience. I haven’t been to our local zoo in years but I hope to change that soon!

  17. 17

    We have zoo membership at the Knoxville Zoo and it has brought us so much fun, and so worth the price! In fact, what my son gets from every visit is priceless.

  18. 18

    Oh, this looks so fun! My family always enjoys visiting to the zoo and it’s something we always try to do on vacation when visiting different cities.

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    That is so cool that they got to ride a camel!

  20. 20

    So much fun. We love visiting our local zoo!

  21. 21

    Zoos are always a fun place to visit!

  22. 22

    We love going to the zoo. Wish our local one was as big as this one!

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    Okay so I thought that our zoo was pretty incredible.. but camel rides?!!? AMAZING!

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