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Houston weather is hot, but the Houston Zoo is cool. Even in the heat you can head to the Zoo for a relaxing day filled with fun, education, and amazing animals.

Cool as Ice

Our animals enjoy Chill Out-themed enrichment activities that keep them happy and cooled off. From ice-pops for our bears, to daily baths for our elephants, our animals will be enjoying Chill Out enrichment all week long.

Be sure to check the Daily Update on the Plan Your Day Kiosk when you arrive at the Zoo for a complete list of the day’s chilly happenings.

Chill Out Animal Enrichment Schedule


9:15 Saturday Ice Pops for the Black Bears –
Carnivores Section
10:00 Daily Elephant Bath & Meet the Keeper Talk – Elephant Barn
11:30 Friday Ice Pops and Meet the Keeper Talk – Kipp Aquarium


12:30 Daily Ice pops for the Chimpanzees –
African Forest
1:00 Tuesday & Saturday Chilly Enrichment & Meet the Keeper Talk – Meerkats
1:45 Friday, Saturday
& Sunday
Ice pops & Chilly Enrichment –
Sea Lion Pool
2:15 Daily Sprinklers for the Birds –
Birds of the World
2:30 Daily Insect Meet the Keeper Talk –
Bug House
3:00 Wednesday Ice Pops for the Orangutans –
Wortham World of Primates

Frosty Indoor Facilities

The Houston Zoo is filled with spaces to cool down and re-energize. If you need a break from the sun, you can always stop into one of the Zoo’s fourteen indoor, air-conditioned Chill Zones or splash into the Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park:

  • KIPP Aquarium
  • Gift Shop
  • Macaw Café
  • Allen H. Carruth Natural Encounters Building
  • Twiga Terrace Restaurant in The African Forest
  • Brown Education Center
  • Swap Shop in the Children’s Zoo
  • Chimp Indoor Viewing Area in The African Forest
  • Tropical Bird House
  • Reptile House
  • The African Forest Gift Shop
  • The African Forest Trading Post
  • 4-D Experience
  • NEW THIS SUMMER: The Bug House!

Be sure to check out the TXU Energy misting stations throughout the Zoo!

You can also learn to Chill Out at home with TXU Energy. Pick up a handy Chill Out guide on your next Zoo visit, or visit the TXU Energy website to find out more.

The Bug House: Now Open!

Take a break from the heat and visit several species of bugs in this brand-new air-conditioned building located in the John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo. Make sure to also check out the new wombat habitat next door!



TXUE_logoTXU Energy is one of the Houston Zoo’s strongest partners, supporting our many programs and the care and feeding of the Houston Zoo’s 6,000 animals. Thanks to TXU Energy, the animals receive popsicles and other cool treats all summer long. And, TXU Energy has a treat for you, too! Call 866-CALL-TXUE or visit the TXU Energy website to learn about TXU Energy Free NightsSM and all their innovative products that can save you energy and money!