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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 Thursday Carnivores Ice Pops for Spectacled Bear
10:00 Daily Elephants Elephant Bath
12:30 Daily African Forest Chimpanzee Ice Pops and Meet the Keeper Talk
1:00 Saturday Natural Encounters Otter – Water Fun and Meet the Keeper talk
1:30 Daily Sea Lions Ice Pops and Chilly Enrichment
2:00 Saturday Hoofed Run Ice Pops in West Hoofed Run
3:00 Wednesday & Sunday Children’s
Ice Pops for the Otters
3:30 Daily Wortham World of Primates Ice Pops and Meet the Keeper Talk



Congratulations to Natalie Aguilar, the winner of the trip to Manitoba to see polar bears in the wild!

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 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
  • Water Play Park

You can also learn to Chill Out at home with TXU Energy. Just pick up a handy Chill Out guide on your next Zoo visit, or go to www.txu.com/energysolutions.