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Spring Break at the Houston Zoo

kids looking at giant river otter swimmingHead to the Houston Zoo during your Spring Break to enjoy family fun for everyone! Check out our pro-tips below to start planning your visit.

mom and son riding on the carouselBuy early for the best price

Tickets are going fast. The earlier you buy your tickets, the better the price with Flex Pricing at the Houston Zoo. It gives you more options to plan a Zoo visit that best fits your budget and schedule.


Members, you don’t need a reservation to visit the Zoo. You can visit anytime you like. As a Zoo member, you can get extra tickets not covered by your membership at a discounted price. Log in to purchase your extra tickets.

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

Parking 411

Traffic and parking can be busier than usual during Spring Break around the Zoo and Hermann Park. To help you avoid increased traffic, check out our recommend parking options, including rideshare and the METRORail. To get to the 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.

See Parking Options

family feeding a galapagos tortoise during an animal encounterEnhance Your Zoo Visit

There’s something for everyone at the Houston Zoo! Take a ride on our Wildlife Carousel, feed our giraffe herd daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., or book a unique Animal Encounter experience.


Save a screenshot of the Zoo map

Before exploring the Zoo, be sure to take a screenshot of our Zoo map. By going digital, you’re helping save black bears in the wild. Once inside the Zoo, you’ll able to see many of your favorite animals in outdoor wildlife habitats, including Asian elephants, Malayan tiger, African lions, and more!


outside view of Cypress Circle Cafe restaurantPack pack your own snacks or order food ahead of time

Multiple food and beverage locations will be available along the path with limited food options. All food and beverage locations are credit card only. Outside food, drink, and coolers are allowed. Don’t forget to bring your reusable water bottle to help save animals in the wild!

Skip the line and order your food online. You can order your food online for quick and easy pick-up at Cypress Circle Café.


Follow us on social media, including TikTok

We’re excited to announce that we’re launching on TikTok on March 11! Check out adorable animal content on this channel, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay updated on the latest news from the Houston Zoo.


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, & more. Or buy your favorite Zoo Store items online.