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Our Spring Break Pro-Tips

Spring break is here, and we have the 411 on what you need to know before your visit to the Zoo! March and April tickets are now available to reserve online, which means it’s time to grab your tickets before they sell out. We’re staying open an hour later from March 9-17! Our daytime hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with the last entry at 5:00 p.m. Check out our pro-tips below to prep you for your visit!  

1. Buy your tickets early for the best price

With Flex Pricing, the earlier you buy your tickets the better the price. It gives you more options to plan a Zoo visit that best fits your budget and schedule. Spring Break is an extremely popular time at the Zoo and tickets WILL sell out quickly so make sure to reserve your Spring Break tickets today!


Remember members, you don’t need a reservation to visit the Zoo. You can visit anytime you’d like. Bringing friends to the Zoo? As a Zoo member, you get extra tickets not covered by your membership at a discounted price. Log in to the Member Portal to purchase extra tickets.


Not a member? Become a member today to enjoy this benefit and other perks.

2. Travel back in time at TXU Energy presents, Dinosaurs!

Journey back in time and come face-to-face with massive giants that roamed the earth millions of years ago with TXU Energy presents Dinosaurs at the Houston Zoo! Our Value Pass includes unlimited excursions through the Dinosaurs exhibit, general Zoo admission, a souvenir conservation bracelet, and unlimited carousel rides during the day of your Zoo visit. Buy your Value Pass now for the best price!


Members, you can purchase your Dinosaurs + Carousel Pass separately when you log in to the Member Portal. 

3. Arrive early and plan ahead with your parking options

Traffic and parking can be busier than usual during Spring Break around the Zoo and Hermann Park, we know it! To help you avoid increased traffic, allow for extra time and check out our recommended parking options, including carpooling, rideshare, and the METRORail. To get to Houston Zoo from the METRORail, you’ll need to ride the Red Line, exit Hermann Park/Rice U, and walk through the Japanese Gardens to reach the Zoo’s main entrance.

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4. Enhance your Zoo visit

There’s something for everyone at Houston Zoo! Take a ride on our Wildlife Carousel, feed our Masai giraffes romaine lettuce daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., book a unique Animal Encounter experience, or check out our daily schedule to catch a Meet the Keeper Talk.


5. Pack your own snacks or order food ahead

There are several food and beverage locations available throughout the Zoo. Outside food, drink, and coolers are allowed, except alcohol and glass. Don’t forget to bring your reusable water bottle to help save animals in the wild! 

On a time crunch? Skip the line and order your food online! You can order your food online for quick and easy pick-up at Cypress Circle Café. 


6. Use our Interactive Zoo Map

View our real-time Meet the Keeper Talk schedule, navigate the Zoo, and see a directory list of all Zoo areas with our new interactive map. You can also take a screenshot of our Zoo map online or at one of our Plan Your Day kiosks. By going digital, you’re helping save black bears in the wild. 


7. Visit the Zoo Store or shop online

Make sure to stop by our Zoo Store during your next Zoo visit! We’ve got you covered with your favorite Houston Zoo swag, reusable bags, toys for toddlers, and more. Or buy your favorite Zoo Store items online. 


8. Stay updated and follow us on social media

Get your cute animal content fix on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok! Follow along  to stay updated on the latest news from the Houston Zoo.