Our family enjoys visiting zoos in other states, you never know what you are going to find. In Florida most zoos offer a water feature type playground. In the Midwest its the standard child’s petting farm that we see. In Austin the highlight was the animal feedings.
I purchased a Groupon for admission for two to the zoo and assumed we would pay for Daughter once we arrived. Someone had a Groupon for more than their party and it was shared with us. Very nice and appreciated!
Austin Zoo is a rescue zoo and many of the animal plaques tell you not only about the animal but where they were before coming to the Austin zoo. While it might not have all the normal zoo animals it offers a great variety! Lots of monkeys and less reptiles, works for me!
We visited on a Monday morning. The zoo was about half an hours drive from our hotel in Austin and its a very easy drive!
We took time to watch the bears feeding time. That was entertainment seeing the three young bears tearing up their place looking for the snacks.
And the number of people who walked right up to this sign made us laugh. We did keep our distance….
There are a nice variety of animals. I think we were at the zoo about 2 hours.
They sell bags of animal feed for $2.50 a bag. We each bought one and spent a bit of time feeding the goats, deer and llamas.
We took in our own bag with drinking water for the family. Daughter chose to be the family pack mule this day.
Normal zoo admission is as follows with free parking:
Senior (age 60+)$10.00
Child (age 2-12)$8.00
Animal Food (Goats, Sheep, Deer, Llamas)$2.50
Regular Hours (February 1 – October 31)
Open daily from 9:30am – 6:00pm (No one is admitted after 5:00pm)
Winter Hours (November 1 – January 31)
Open daily from 9:30am – 5:30pm (No one is admitted after 4:30pm)
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
More information here: http://austinzoo.org/
10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin, TX 78736
Phone: (512) 288-1490