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Zoo Hours

Daytime Admission Hours

The Zoo is open from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Last entry is at 4:00 p.m.
Open 7 days a week. 

Online reservations for timed tickets are required for all guests and members. Guests must arrive at their reserved time slot to ensure capacity is not exceeded.

Reserve Tickets

Note: Your reserved time slot is your assigned arrival time. Once you arrive within that time frame, you are welcome to enjoy the Zoo until we close at 5:00 p.m.

Zoo Lights Season Hours

Daytime Admission during Zoo Lights season
November 9, 2020 – January 10, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., last entry is at 3:00 p.m.
Note: The Zoo will be closed for Daytime Admission on Thanksgiving Day.

TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights
November 9, 2020 – January 10, 2021
5:30-10:30 p.m., last entry at 9:30 p.m.
Buy early for the best price! Tickets will NOT be available for purchase at the gate.


Note: Zoo Lights will be closed on Dec. 2 for Private Event and on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

Construction Updates

Over the years, you’ve watched your Houston Zoo undergo enormous changes and growth. Now, as we march toward our 100th anniversary in 2022, the Houston Zoo will celebrate by completing the most dramatic transformation in our history. 

We will redefine what a zoo can be with beautiful and immersive habitats, compelling guest experiences, and an unyielding commitment to saving wildlife. 

To create these new spaces, we are undergoing a massive construction project which will temporarily shift pathways, close buildings and move some animals to new habitats.