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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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Not alot of animals. We expected more animals and the few that were there were not able to see... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
MariGlz
via mobile
Quick zoo trip

We were staying in South Padre and the closest zoo was in Brownsville. I love zoos and we try to go... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Marie S
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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
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500 E Ringgold St, Brownsville, TX 78520-7998
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+1 956-546-7187
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Not alot of animals. We expected more animals and the few that were there were not able to see. They do have a nice Gift shop, $15-$30dls merchandise.

Thank MariGlz
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were staying in South Padre and the closest zoo was in Brownsville. I love zoos and we try to go to one every time we go out of town. This zoo was a disappointment. Maybe it was due to some construction, not sure but...More

Thank Marie S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We really enjoy this zoo more than others near by. It is so clean and you get to feed the giraffes by hand, so cool. The monkeys are funny and always doing something that makes us laugh. Prices of drinks are a little high

Thank Ladytraveler54
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I went to Gladys Porter Zoo, and it was one of the best Zoo trips I'd ever had. The only complaint I have is the poor health conditions. Some of the animals are really skinny, and the team there could at least scrub the top...More

Thank Joseph108039090
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This visit was pleasant due to rains. It can be very humid in this Zoo otherwise. Great animals with many high quality exhibits. There are a few that are too small for the animals that are in them but some of the big ones are...More

Thank Andoverminnie
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the best private zoo's in America. The price is really low,great reptile house, you get very close to the animals,a huge selection of animals, very clean, plenty of areas to rest and relax, plenty of refreshment centers. Lots of shade. Remember...More

Thank Larry F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Zoo is wonderful, it's well kept, animals are wonderful, but the heat was terrible. It felt like u were in the dessert. I suggest either the zoo come up with fans with spritzer, so families can cool down or go prepared. Other than that we...More

Thank ngandara2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My 18 year old daughter and I visited the zoo while on vacation to South Padre. It was a great day visit and took the perfect amount of time to drive, visit zoo and get back and still have time to enjoy the beach. They...More

Thank mytahadas
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First of all the ticket booth is very disorganized and I thought we would never get in. Many areas are under construction. And all the animals seemed depressed

Thank Diamantina F
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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

I've been to my share of zoos! This one is one of the finer zoos! We enjoyed our time there. There enough indoor exhibits to cool down! The food was reasonably priced as well. My only complaint is parking is cash only and the ATM...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Jennifer M
6 April 2017|
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Response from Velia L | Reviewed this property |
Hello. Pets are not allowed at the zoo.
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Mely G
19 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.
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rkillianbelle
16 February 2017|
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500 E Ringgold St, Brownsville, TX
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