Driving on I-35E one cannot help seeing the 67 ½ foot giraffe statue, the tallest statue in Texas. The Dallas Zoo has a Monorail Safari ride that allows visitors to witness nature from above in a breathtaking tour around the zoo that gives passengers the sense of gliding through the wild. The tour is one mile long and lasts about 25 minutes through all six habitats as live narration gives the sensation of being on a real African Safari.
Founded in 1888, the Dallas Zoo is the oldest zoo in the state of Texas, and with 95 developed acres is the biggest zoo in the Texas in terms of landmass. The zoo participates in Species Survival Plans for 37 species which include gorillas, tigers and chimpanzees. Within the zoo are a Ndebele Café, a Subway Sandwich Shop, a gift shop, and stroller and wheelchair rentals for the convenience of zoo visitors.
The Dallas Zoo is located at 650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway in Dallas, just three miles south of downtown on I-35E at Marsalis. The zoo is open year-round from 9am to 5pm seven days a week, except for Christmas day. Admission to the Dallas Zoo is $8 for adults 12-64, $5 for children 3-11, and $4 for senior citizens ages 65 and up. Children under 3 and Dals Zoological Society members are free. Parking to the Dallas zoo is $5 per car. The DART light rail RED line arrives right across the street from the Dallas Zoo. *
* Prices and hours are subject to change without notice.