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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!


Join us on Memorial Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a cool scavenger hunt to the Zoo’s 13 indoor, air-conditioned buildings. You can pick up your scavenger hunt at either Zoo entrance upon arrival. Visit all 13 locations and redeem your scavenger hunt for one FREE sno cone, thanks to TXU Energy! This event is included in your zoo admission and is FREE for Zoo Members.

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

MORNING

9:15 Tuesday & Saturday Ice Pops for the Black Bears
9:15 Wednesday Ice Pops for the Spectacled Bear
10:00 Every Day! Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Monday – Friday Animal Encounter in the Naturally Wild Swap Shop
10:30 Saturday & Sunday Animal Encounter in the Bug House
11:30 Mon/Wed/Fri Saltwater Ice Pops, Kipp Aquarium

AFTERNOON

12:30 Every Day! Ice Pops for Chimpanzees, African Forest
1:00 Tuesday & Saturday Icy Treats for Meerkats
2:15 Every Day! Sprinklers for the Birds at
Birds of the World
2:30 Saturday & Sunday Icy Enrichment for the Goats at the Petting Zoo
3:00 Wednesday Ice Pops for the Orangutans at
Wortham World of Primates
3:00 Every Day! Ice Pops for the Gorillas in the African Forest
6:00 Friday 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

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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

Looking for a cool discount? All summer long, save $4 on regular Zoo admission (adult and child tickets!) when you arrive after 4 p.m.
Purchase anytime, valid for one use May 28 – Sept 30

Adult $13    Child $9    Buy_Now_Button


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!