More Info


More Info


Barn Cam
Platform Cam

More Info

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!

TXU Energy Presents Chill Out at the Houston Zoo
May 27 – September 4, 2017

Snow Day at the Houston Zoo
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Join us for our last Snow Day of the year at the Zoo on Saturday, August 19 thanks to TXU Energy Presents Chill Out at the Houston Zoo! Guests can enjoy this winter wonder from 9:00 a.m. until noon.

We will have two snow fields located at the lawn near the meerkats; a smaller field for the little ones and a larger field for the bigger kids, so this event is fun for the entire family. Kids of all ages can create their own snowman, make a snow angel or simply enjoy the cold snow on a hot summer’s day.

All Snow Day  activities are included in your Zoo admission and are 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


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 at the Kipp Aquarium


12:30 Every Day! Ice Pops for Chimpanzees at the African Forest
1:00 Tuesday & Saturday Icy Treats for Meerkats
2:15 Every Day! Sprinklers for the Birds at
Birds of the World
2:00 Saturday & Sunday Icy Enrichment for the for Farm animals in the Children’s 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 Tapirs

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 16 – August 11 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  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 beginning May 27, valid for one use May 27 – September 4.

Adult $14    Child $10
Online only – cannot be purchased at the Zoo   

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!