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

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Day Time Admission Tickets

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! Plan ahead and save with Flex Pricing. Get your tickets today!

Tickets are available through November 30. Online reservations are required for ALL non-member guests at this time. Tickets will NOT be sold on-site at the Zoo. We do not offer refunds and exchanges. Per CDC guidelines, masks are strongly encouraged for all guests inside Zoo buildings.

RESERVE DAY TIME TICKETS

Members are no longer required to make a reservation to visit the Zoo. Upon arrival at the Zoo, you will enter through our Member Entrance and present your digital membership card. To access your digital membership card, log in to your Member Portal, and click on Membership Cards under General Options.

Member Portal

If you have questions about your membership, please contact our member services team: membership@houstonzoo.org.

Zoo Lights Tickets

TXU Energy presents Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo celebrates ten years as one of Houston’s best loved holiday traditions! Stroll through the beautiful Zoo grounds as you take in the sights and sounds this holiday season. Our Zoo animals will be enjoying a full night’s slumber. To see our animals, visit the Zoo during the day.

TXU Energy presents Zoo Lights
November 15, 2021 – January 9, 2022
5:30-10:30 p.m., last entry at 9:30 p.m.
Buy early for the best price!

BUY ZOO LIGHTS TICKETS

BUY MEMBER TICKETS

See additional Zoo Lights information here.

kids looking at giant river otter swimming

Flex Pricing is Here!

Flex Pricing is now at the Houston Zoo! Flex Pricing gives you more options to plan a Zoo visit that best fits your budget and schedule. Plan ahead and save!

FLEX PRICING FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is Flex Pricing?

  • The Houston Zoo is implementing Flex Pricing on ticket purchases for visits starting September 1, 2021.
  • Flex Pricing provides guests with more price options. This new model for general admission tickets features prices that will vary by date and time of visit.
  • Flex Pricing gives guests the opportunity to plan a visit on the day and time that best accommodates their budget and schedule.
  • Flex Pricing also allows the Zoo to spread attendance throughout the year to improve guest experience.
  • This new model does not mean an across-the-board price increase for Zoo guests. During certain periods, ticket prices will remain the same or even below current admission prices.
  • Guests are encouraged to plan ahead and save with Flex Pricing! Ticket prices will go up during peak times and for same-day ticket purchases.

How does the Zoo decide when to increase prices?

  • Price adjustments will be made in real-time based on changing factors such as time of day, day of week, holidays, weather forecast, and ticket demand.
  • Ticket prices will go up for same-day ticket purchases made online. Tickets are not sold at the gate.
  • This new model does not mean an across-the-board price increase for Zoo guests. During certain periods, ticket prices will remain the same or even below current admission prices.

How do I purchase tickets?

  • Guests can visit houstonzoo.org. to see a calendar of available dates and times, and ticket prices.
  • All non-member guests must reserve timed-entry tickets online in advance of their visit. Tickets are not sold at the gate.

Can I use discounts with Flex Pricing?

  • There is a 20% discount for child (ages 3-12) and senior (65+) tickets. It is automatically reflected at checkout.
  • Military, student, and Lone Star discounts are available, but online reservations are still required. You MUST show your military, student, or Lone Star identification when presenting your ticket for admission.
    • Military will receive 50% off the adult ticket price at time of purchase, with a limit of 5.
    • Lone Star tickets will remain at $7 per ticket.

Can I buy group tickets with Flex Pricing?

Yes. Tickets are available for purchases of 20 or more General Admission tickets. Discount will be reflected at checkout. For questions or concerns, please contact group.reservations@houstonzoo.org.

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

Can I still use CityPASS at the Houston Zoo?

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

Does Flex Pricing affect memberships?

  • Flex Pricing only applies to general admission tickets. Since members get free general admission, Flex Pricing makes a Houston Zoo membership an even better deal!
  • A Houston Zoo membership still pays for itself on your second visit.
  • Members receive discounted admission for extra guests not covered by their membership. Prices for these discounted tickets will adjust along with Flex Pricing.

Know Before You Go

Online reservations are required for all non-member guests. 

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.

Per CDC guidelines, masks are strongly encouraged for all guests inside Zoo buildings. 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.

Start Your Order

Frequently asked questions

Are masks required to visit the Zoo?

Per CDC guidelines, masks are strongly encouraged for all guests inside Zoo buildings. The Zoo continues to strongly encourage 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 non-member guest 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 all non-member guests.
  • General admission reservations are limited each day. First come, first served.
  • Purchases are limited to 10 tickets.
  • 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?

Great news, members! Members are no longer required to make a reservation to visit the Zoo. Upon arrival at the Zoo, you will enter through our Member Entrance and present your digital membership card. If you have questions about your membership, please contact our member services team: membership@houstonzoo.org.

MEMBER Portal

Do you still have Free Tuesdays?

Free daytime admission to the Houston Zoo is provided once a month from open until closing. Online reservations are required for all guests and members during this time. Tickets will not be available at the gate. Reservations for October 5 will be available on the Wednesday before at 7:00 a.m.

Upcoming Dates:

  • September 7
  • October 5
  • November 2
  • December 7

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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!

EXPLORE ZOO MAP

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. Keeper Talks presented by Phillips 66 are back. View our Daily Schedule for more information.

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

Does the Zoo have strollers and wheelchairs available?

Yes. Click here for rental information.