7 Tips For Visiting The Houston Zoo

Just a short drive from Houston, Rayford Crossing RV Resort is the perfect vacation home base for visiting family-friendly attractions like the Houston Zoo!

The second most visited zoo in the US, the Houston Zoo is a place for adults and kids of all ages! From the snapping alligators to the fluffy red panda the Houston Zoo is home to over 6,000 permanent animal inhabitants and a global leader in saving wildlife. Each year the zoo hosts over two million visitors who come seeking education, entertainment, and encouragement to do their part to help save our wild ecosystems!

If you plan to visit the Houston Zoo during your vacation to Rayford Crossing, we have a few tips that should help make your trip planning a little easier and your visit a little more enjoyable.

7 Tips For Visiting The Houston Zoo
  • To visit the zoo, you’ll need to purchase an online timed tickets if you do not have a zoo membership. Once you’ve chosen your time, make sure to arrive at your reserved time slot to ensure capacity is not exceeded.
  • For guests who need a little help getting around, you’ll appreciate the rental fleet. The Houston Zoo offers double and single strollers as well as wagons, wheelchairs and scooters with sunshades.

Houston Zoo

  • You can easily spend several hours at the zoo so pack a lunch and a few snacks to bring along. Outside food and drinks are allowed inside the zoo, so save some cash on your meals, keep the kids from getting hangry and use your cash on souvenirs to bring home or a few rides on the Wildlife Carousel!
  • Make a plan for your trip! The zoo publishes a daily events schedule for guests at 9am each day. Get an idea of what the day will hold and what you don’t want to miss by checking the schedule ahead. View the schedule here.
  • The Houston Zoo doesn’t have its own parking lot but don’t worry free parking is offered at Hermann Park-although limited. Plan to arrive early to lock in a spot or use one of the many parking garages in the area as a backup.
  • Remember that animals at the zoo are wild. Stay on the visitor paths, observe posted signs, avoid making loud noises and never try to feed, touch or startle the animals!
  • Whenever you decide to go, always check their website first to see if any planned events are happening during your visit so you can prepare. Season events and celebrations can be found online.

Open year round, the Houston Zoo can be a great activity for the whole family! Whether you’re staying at Rayford Crossing for a few days or a few weeks, we recommend you plan a visit to the Houston Zoo and get friendly with the residents!

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