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Plan your next Houston Zoo visit and reconnect with the animals you know and love.

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There is something for everyone at the Houston Zoo. Check out the elephant herd—including new babies Winnie, and Teddy—splashing in their pool, feed a giraffe, experience the thrill of a jaguar walking overhead in South America’s Pantanal, and more! During your visit cool off in one of our indoor, air-conditioned buildings, including Natural Encounters, Reptile & Amphibian House, Bug House, and the Gorilla Buildings.

Tickets are available now through August 31. Online reservations are required for ALL guests and members during this time. Tickets will NOT be sold on-site at the Zoo.

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Houston Zoo Members

Online reservations are required for ALL members during this time. Member reservations through August 31 are available through our Member Portal! 

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To make a member reservation, log in to your Membership Portal, and “Select A Visit Date” located below your digital membership card. Enter the number of adults and children in your group, and you will automatically get the number of free tickets covered by your membership. Upon arrival at the Zoo, you will need your photo ID and reservation confirmation. 

Questions? Contact the membership department at membership@houstonzoo.org.

 

Know Before You Go

Online reservations are required for all guests and members.

Pick the day and time to visit, and you will receive an electronic ticket that can be scanned by one of our team members when you arrive.

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. Last entry is at 4:00 p.m.

To ensure adequate social distancing between guests, attendance is capped each day to limit the total number of guests in the Zoo at one time. Guest and Member Services will operate at a limited capacity on-site to assist with membership and ticketing issues only. No tickets will be sold on-site at the Zoo.

Once inside, you will be able to see many of your favorite animals in outdoor wildlife habitats, including Asian elephants, southern white rhinos, Malayan tiger, western lowland gorillas, African lions, and more!

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Free hand sanitizer stations are positioned along the path, at restrooms, and food locations.

Food and beverages are available for purchase at multiple locations along the path. All food and beverage locations are credit card only. Guests are also encouraged to bring their own outside food and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy while at the Zoo.

Hungry and don’t want to wait in line? You can now order your food online for quick and easy pick-up at Cypress Circle Café.

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Frequently asked questions

Are masks required to visit the Zoo?

Following the latest mask recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Houston Zoo will no longer require guests or staff to wear facial coverings while visiting.

The Zoo continues to strongly encourage all unvaccinated guests to wear masks and wants everyone to exercise safe social distancing in crowded situations, regardless of their vaccination status.

Since COVID-19 began, we have steadfastly followed the recommendations of local health officials and the CDC. Because of the widespread availability of vaccines in the greater Houston area, and because the Zoo is a sprawling outdoor venue with abundant space to allow for safe social distancing, we feel that this step is in line with the new CDC guidelines. We will continue to limit our capacity and require all tickets to be purchased online in advance, with no tickets sold at the door.

Will the Zoo continue to limit capacity and require people to buy tickets and reserve a slot online in advance?

Yes. Reserving/buying tickets online in advance allows us to spread attendance improve guest experience. Tickets will not be sold at the front entry.

  • Reservations are required for both members and nonmembers.
  • General admission and membership reservations are limited each day. First come, first served.
  • Purchases are limited to 10 tickets.
  • Members may reserve up to 10 tickets.
  • Members will need their photo ID and reservation confirmation.
  • Guests with general admission will need their reservation confirmation (printed or on phone) to check in.
  • Guests must arrive at their reserved time slot to ensure capacity is not exceeded. No entry will be allowed after 4:00 p.m.

I’m a member, do I still need a reservation?

Yes, all members require a reservation. Upon arrival, members will need their photo ID and reservation confirmation. The number of tickets you can reserve depends on your membership level. If you have questions about your membership, please contact our member services team: membership@houstonzoo.org.

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Can I visit the Zoo with a Houston CityPASS?

Yes, with CityPASS, you’ll save 47% off admission to Houston’s top 5 attractions. First, purchase CityPASS online for immediate, paperless mobile delivery. CityPASS holders do not need advanced reservations. Simply bring your CityPASS to any ticket-taker at the Zoo entrance.

Will Camp Zoofari participants be required to wear masks?

Yes. All campers will be required to wear masks, as noted on the camp registration and information page.

What can I see along the Zoo path?

Guests will be able to see many of your favorite animals in outdoor wildlife habitats, including Asian elephants, southern white rhinos, Malayan tiger, western lowland gorillas, African lions, and more!

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The below areas are also temporarily closed.

  • Water play park
  • Swap Shop

Are all areas of the Zoo still open?

The water play park and Swap Shop will remain closed through the rest of 2021. All keeper chats and animal presentations will return in early July.

Can I bring food and beverages in the Zoo?

Outside food, drink, and coolers are allowed. For the safety of the animals, guests may NOT bring:

  • Glass bottles
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Plastic straws

Is food available for purchase?

Multiple food and beverage locations will be available along the path with limited food options. All food and beverage locations are credit card only.

Hungry and don’t want to wait in line? You can now order your food online for quick and easy pick-up at Cypress Circle Café.

Start Your Order

Are ticket discounts available?

Military, student, and Lone Star discounts are available, but reservations are required. You MUST show your military, student, or Lone Star identification when presenting your ticket for admission.

Group Tickets 
Available for purchases of 20 or more General Admission tickets. Discount will be reflected at checkout.

Adults 13-64 – $2 off
Children 3-12 – $1 off
Senior 65+ – $1 off

Tickets are only valid for the date and time selected. Group tickets cannot be purchased at the gate and do not include entry for separately ticketed events. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. There are no rain checks. For questions or concerns, please contact group.reservations@houstonzoo.org.

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Does the Zoo have strollers and wheelchairs available?

Yes. Click here for rental information.