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Stay cool all summer long as TXU Energy presents Chill Out at the Houston Zoo! Even in the heat you can head to the Zoo for a relaxing day filled with fun, education, and amazing animals. It may be hot outside, but the Zoo is cool!

Icy Animal Enrichment

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 Kiosks when you arrive at the Zoo for a complete list of the day’s chilly happenings.

Chill Out Animal Enrichment Schedule


9:15 Tuesdays & Saturdays Ice Pops for the Black Bears
9:15 Wednesdays Ice Pops for the Spectacled Bear
10:00 Daily Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Mondays – Fridays Animal Encounter in the Naturally Wild Swap Shop
10:30 Saturdays & Sundays Animal Encounter in
the Bug House
11:30 Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays Saltwater Ice Pops in the Kipp Aquarium


12:30 Daily Ice Pops for the Chimpanzees in the African Forest
1:00 Tuesdays & Saturdays Icy Treats for the Meerkats at Natural Encounters
2:15 Daily Sprinklers for the Birds at
Birds of the World
2:30 Saturdays & Sundays Icy Enrichment for the Goats at the Petting Zoo
3:00 Wednesdays Ice Pops for the Orangutans at
Wortham World of Primates
3:00 Daily Ice Pops for the Gorillas in the African Forest
6:00 Fridays Ice Pops for the Giraffes – African Forest

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 thirteen indoor, air-conditioned Chill Zones:

  • Kipp Aquarium
  • Main Gift Shop
  • Macaw Café
  • Allen H. & Ethel G. Carruth Natural Encounters Building
  • Reptile & Amphibian House
  • Tropical Bird House
  • The Bug House
  • Naturally Wild Swap Shop
  • Shani Market in The African Forest
  • Albert & Ethel Herzstein Trading Post
  • Twiga Cafe in The African Forest
  • The Great Ape Gallery
  • The Arrival Building

Be sure to also cool off at the TXU Energy misting stations throughout the Zoo and splash into the Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park.

You can also learn to Chill Out at home with TXU Energy. Visit the TXU Energy website to find out more.

Cool Nights


The Zoo will once again stay open late until 8:30 p.m. on Fridays from June 10 – August 5 so you can enjoy the cooler evening weather. Each week features a different theme with fun music, activities, and, of course, the animals! From snow and dinosaurs to sports and movie nights, there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Check Out This Summer’s Cool Nights Schedule.

Save $4 after 4 p.m. – Online-Only Special

Looking for a cool discount? All summer long, Zoo guests can save $4 per adult and child admission ticket when you purchase these special online-only tickets and visit the Zoo after 4 p.m.

Buy your discounted tickets online now!

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-TXU or visit the TXU Energy website to learn more about TXU Energy Free NightsSM and all their innovative products that can save you energy and money!