Houston Zoo

See what the Houston Zoo has to offer!

African Lion at Houton Zoo

The Houston Zoo is always a fun place to visit.  Want a full day of activities since you’re already in the Zoo area? We’ll get to that soon in an upcoming post titled “Near The Zoo To Do”. But if you can’t wait for that post, here are some ideas and links…Near the Zoo, there are tons of things to do!!! Leave your car parked at the zoo and check out the Japanese Gardens both are in Hermann Park but the Gardens are now free to visit.  It’s a very zen like vibe and kept in pristine condition.  You’ll see plenty of wedding photographers here throughout the year too as it is indeed beautiful! You’ll also see the Mary Gibbs and Jesse H. Jones Reflecting Pool , which is 80′ wide and 740′ long with live oak trees on both sides, on your way from the Zoo to the Japanese Gardens.  The Hermann Park Golf Course which was built in  1922, is across from the zoo but I don’t golf so can’t help you on that one! McGovern Lake is right next to the zoo and there you will see water fountains and most days there are paddle boats available to rent, bikes are available close by to rent too.  Of course there is the Buddy Carruth Playground For All Children (most items are handicap accessible). Miller Outdoor Theatre , built around 1922 is a real gem! There are numerous free plays, concerts, etc. throughout the year held here.  Tickets are released the same day as the performance to sit in the actual 1705 covered seats and 20 wheelchair spots.  Most people tend to sit on the raised lawn though that can support about 4,500 more people.  I have personally seen some fabulous performances there…operas, plays, musicals – there is always something fun! Footloose is coming in March of 2017 – yea! The Houston Garden Center is in the same park.  The Houston Museum of Natural Science is nearby too with constantly changing and interesting exhibits along with their Cockrell Butterfly Center and IMAX Theatre which has been upgraded now to a 4k digital with advanced 3D.  Across the street you will see a large, bronze sculpture of General Sam Houston on his horse named Saracen where he has sat since 1925.  If you pretend to be Sam Houston and look the direction he is looking, you’ll also see Mecom Fountains, donated to our city in 1964 by John and Mary Mecom (he was in the oil industry). So pack up a picnic and enjoy your busy day!!!

Note:  I just put the zoo link up rather than the cost, hours, etc. as it changes periodically but check it out for discounts and FREE days to visit, current !!

Advice:  Get there early so you can grab a parking spot easily-they fill up fast! Save money and bring your own cooler of drinks and food but no booze, glass bottles or straws allowed and no smoking inside the zoo.  You can download a zoo map to plot out your adventure here. Oh, and don’t forget your camera and comfy shoes!!!

Sea Lion Houston Zoo
Sea Lion Houston Zoo
Max’s Ma wishes she could join me in the pool! Females are the winners in Sea Lion longevity as they can live 30 years whereas Males…around 18. 

Shoebill Stork at Houston Zoo
Shoebill Stork at Houston Zoo
Houston is lucky to have these beauties (ha..beauty IS in the eye of the beholder right?!) only 4 other USA zoo’s currently have these creatures called Shoebill Storks

African Lion at Houston Zoo
African Lion at Houston Zoo
African Lion at Houston Zoo. Female Lions are the Pride’s (group’s) main hunters.
Bald Eagle at Houston Zoo

A Bald Eagle can spot a bunny from about 3 miles away! Their wing span is 6-7 1/2 feet

Houston Zoo Train
             Houston Zoo Train – The kiddos will love it – heck, I still love it!
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Loveable giant!
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Just a big kitty!
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Aren’t I pretty!!
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Come on ride the train it’s a choo choo train
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Cute little orange fellows
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Just waiting for some kids to leave me some treats!
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Nap time!
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It’s so hot I wanted to join them!
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Caw caw!!
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Just soaking up the sun!
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These are scattered by the train entrance
Orangutan at Houston Zoo
         How can you resist my face? Orangutan means “Man of The Forest”

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