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Frank Buck Zoo

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Address: 1000 W. California Street, Gainesville, TX 76240
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+1 940-668-4539
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Discover Frank Buck Zoo for a one of a kind family experience. Located in...

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.

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School Field Trip

My son's grade from school went here on a field trip. It is a nice little zoo. There is also a large playground for the kids to play on.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Katie M
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Gainesville, Texas
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Gainesville, Texas
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My son's grade from school went here on a field trip. It is a nice little zoo. There is also a large playground for the kids to play on.

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Susan J. K, Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this review

Amanda, Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We are glad y'all enjoyed your visit. VIP Flamingo Feeding takes place 10:15am daily (restrictions apply, inquire at admissions). Public Giraffe feeding takes place 10:30am daily. More 

Sanger, Texas
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8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This so is not very big. That being said it is still a very nice zoo. The perfect size for smaller kids. They will not get tired walking around. It's a great place to spend a slow morning. Favorite part is that you get to feed the giraffes. Be sure to check what times of day you can feed them.

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Susan J. K, Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this review

Amanda, Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We are glad y'all enjoyed your visit. VIP Flamingo Feeding takes place 10:15am daily (restrictions apply, inquire at admissions). Public Giraffe feeding takes place 10:30am daily. More 

Chico, Texas
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My daughters and I love this zoo! It is a really great place to bring small kids. The zoo goes in a big circle so that you end up where you started, which parents will understand is a really good thing. It is stroller and wagon friendly, make sure you get there in time for the giraffe feeding also! It... More 

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Susan J. K, Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this review

Angela, Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We are glad y'all enjoyed your visit. VIP Flamingo Feeding takes place 10:15am daily (restrictions apply, inquire at admissions). Public Giraffe feeding takes place 10:30am daily. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

We have a season pass to the Zoo and have enjoyed coming often to view the animals. The animals appear to be well cared for and happy. While it does not have as much animal diversity as Dallas or Fort Worth it keeps the attention of small children perfectly. Our favorite animals are the Flamingos, Cheetahs and Vultures.

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Susan J. K, General Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this review

Kristen, Thank you for being an annual pass holder and taking the time to review the zoo. We are glad your family enjoys visiting us throughout the year! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

If you are within an hour's drive, this is a fantastic stop. Quiet, nicely laid out. active and unique animals. Inexpensive and a nice adjoining park with grills and playground. Go in the morning in summer and afternoon in the winter.

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Susan J. K, General Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this review

Amy, Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

I grew up in the area and went here as a kid for field trips. Back then the zoo was in poor shape. A few years back they completely remodeled it and it's much better! Very family friendly, wheelchair accessible and big clean enclosures for the animals. All in all a good place to visit

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Susan J. K, General Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this review

Christine, Thank you for taking time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. A major expansion took place 2002-2004 and the zoo was reopened March of 2005. The expansion featured the mixed species African savanna, entry building and much more. We have continued to make many improvements since that time. We have focused on mitigating erosion, highlighting horticulture and enlarging exhibits.... More 

Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

If you don't have much time to spare, don't worry. This is a nice zoo but only takes an hour to see. They have plenty of animals, birds, reptiles, etc. You walk around it in a circle. They also have a nice gift shop which shows Frank Buck photos and memorabilia.

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Susan J. K, General Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We appreciate you stopping in. Glad you enjoyed your visit! Limited public flamingo feeding available 10:15am daily (inquire for details at giftshop). Public giraffe feeding takes place every day at 10:30am (weather permitting). Be sure to have plenty of quarters on hand for feed vending at our petting... More 

Dallas, TX
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

The Frank Buck Zoo is a small zoo with a wide variety of well-cared-for animals and beautifully tended grounds. I went to check it our before bringing my grandchildren up from Dallas and it was well worth the trip. I spent about an hour walking around and especially enjoyed the large "savanna" area holding the giraffes, zebras and ostriches. The... More 

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Susan J. K, General Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We are glad that your enjoyed your visit! More 

Aubrey, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Just loved the Prairie Dogs and the Giraffes!This is an affordable walkable way to spend a family morning! Just adorable!

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Susan J. K, General Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the Frank Buck Zoo. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit! More 

Gainesville, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Love Leonard Park where the Frank Buck Zoo is located. Wonderful setting for family picnic's. It has a wonderful children's area with playground equipment, different size pavilions, and magnificent trees. A must see when visiting the Gainesville area.

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Susan J. K, General Manager at Frank Buck Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and for taking the time to write a review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit to both the Frank Buck Zoo and Leonard Park. Giraffe feeding is at 10:30am daily, weather permitting. To find out train hours in advance of your visit please call the Parks Dept. M-F at 940-668-4530. We look forward to your... More 

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