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Frank Buck Zoo

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1000 W California St, Gainesville, TX 76240-4675
+1 940-668-4539
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Nice zoo and park

We stopped here on the way back from the casino. The zoo is nice, not overly priced for its size... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
WillEwest
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Abilene, Texas
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Kids want to go back

Took three needy kids to the zoo. When we got out of the car the young boy wanted to play on the... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2017
Jimmy T
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Denton, Tx
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Discover Frank Buck Zoo for a one of a kind family experience. Located in 85-acre tree filled Leonard Park which offers picnic tables, two covered pavilions, a sprawling community playground, Leonard Park Aquatic Center (seasonal), and miniature train ride (seasonal). An ideal value priced day trip destination for families and youth organizations. Discounted admission available for school groups. Located right in the heart of Gainesville, Texas, the Frank Buck Zoo has been serving the children, schools and citizens of North Central Texas and Southern Oklahoma for over 50 years. Over 75,000 guests visit the Frank Buck Zoo annually. In March of 2008 the Frank Buck Zoo became home to the World's Only Frank Buck Exhibit when Frank's daughter Barbara Buck befriended the zoo staff and donated items that belonged to her father. Resulting in a fascinating collection of camp tools used to capture animals and media memorabilia from the 1930, 1940, & 1950's. Be sure to plan your zoo arrival in time to experience the 10:30am daily public giraffe feeding. Experience a "giraffe's eye-view" of the African Savannah exhibit from an elevated walkway, the exhibit is home to eight different species of animals. Pause to take in the view at the African Outpost overlooking the water hole. Be sure to have quarters on hand so little ones can feed the friendly goats.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good31%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1000 W California St, Gainesville, TX 76240-4675
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+1 940-668-4539

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here on the way back from the casino. The zoo is nice, not overly priced for its size. Some of the exhibits were under construction but there still were plenty to see. We went mid day so some of the animals were napping....More

Thank WillEwest
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Took three needy kids to the zoo. When we got out of the car the young boy wanted to play on the playground equipment in the park. After an exhausting hour there where the three had a great time we went to the zoo. I...More

Thank Jimmy T
FrankBuckZoo, Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2017

Jimmy, Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We are glad to hear you and the kids enjoyed the experience. Sincerely, Zoo Staff

Reviewed 11 August 2017

Great park and zoo. First it has a train that takes you around the perimeter of the park then the zoo is just the right size for little ones and after that the playgrounds are great. It also has a water park.

Thank bdzilsky
FrankBuckZoo, Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo and amenities in Leonard Park. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Sincerely, Zoo Staff

Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

We live nearby and feel lucky to have such a place that we can enjoy regularly. We take our kids here to enjoy the outdoors and go for a walk and let them look at animals as we walk by. Many times we have went,...More

Thank Amber B
FrankBuckZoo, Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2017

Amber, Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We are glad to hear your family enjoys the zoo regularly. Sincerely, Zoo Staff

Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

This is a wonderful little zoo with a beautiful park, train and swim area on the same property. It took us about an hour to walk the zoo and that included us stopping and watching some of the animals along the way. Lots of shaded...More

Thank Jarle1989
FrankBuckZoo, Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo & Leonard Park. We are glad you enjoyed your experience in Gainesville! Sincerely, Zoo Staff

Reviewed 26 July 2017

This zoo is a family favorite. Great for small kids as well as older ones. Handicap accessible and well taken care of, and we love the gift shop too.

Thank travelsmith2017
FrankBuckZoo, General Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We love to hear we are a family favorite! Sincerely, Zoo Staff

Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

I have been going to this zoo for 30 years. As you can gather, it started with my children and now I take theirs. The zoo is a perfect size, with educational and interactive activities. When done, you can ride the small train, play or...More

Thank Grandmas4Cowtown
Susan J. K, General Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We are glad your family has enjoyed visiting the zoo over the past three decades. We look forward to your return visit. Sincerely, Zoo Staff

Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

This zoo is the perfect size for young children with a wonderful assortment of animals. Our 1, 2 and 3 year-old grandchildren love it and will enjoy it for years to come. My sons loved this zoo back in the 1980's and it is great...More

Thank Okporters
Susan J. K, General Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We are glad your family has enjoyed visiting the zoo over the past three decades and appreciate the expansions and renovations. We look forward to your return visit. Sincerely, Zoo Staff

Reviewed 7 July 2017

Sweet little zoo! Great walk around, Walkway was elevated so great views of animals who need room to roam. Very reasonable price.

Thank Patty H
Susan J. K, General Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We are glad you enjoy and appreciate a "giraffe's eye view" of the mixed species African savannah exhibit. We look forward to your return visit. Sincerely, Zoo Staff

Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

Cute little zoo! We went when you could still feed the giraffe. Awesome experience!! Lots of shade places in the Texas heat that's important.More

Thank Tori B
Susan J. K, General Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2017

Tori, Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We hope to resume public giraffe feeding again in the future. In the meantime, we offer a limited number of flamingo feeding opportunities and are developing new encounters. Check back later this...More

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Jammett
23 October 2016|
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Response from Susan J. K | Property representative |
ZOO BOO is held the last Sat. in October, unless that Sat. is Halloween, then it is backed up a weekend. Tickets may be purchased at the zoo giftshop, in advance, the day of the event. The event is held from 6pm-8pm, last... More
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Wendlandmom44
13 July 2016|
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Response from FrankBuckZoo | Property representative |
Admission is $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for Seniors and Military, $4.50 for children ages 1-12yrs.
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thwstr8man
13 February 2016|
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Response from brian w | Reviewed this property |
There is really no specific feeding times for the Giraffes. Everything is really laid back at the Frank Buck Zoo so you can just do what and see what you want. Brian
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