Things to Do at the Dallas Zoo

Things to Do at the Dallas Zoo for kids of all ages!On a recent trip, I was amazed at all of the things to do at the Dallas zoo, especially for children. If you follow my Instagram stories, you got a front row seat to our adventures that day! Our favorite? Getting to pet and feed a giraffe!

Anyway, this isn’t the same zoo experience that I had as a child! That is for sure. We spent most of our time at the The Children’s Zoo that day and you won’t believe the activities that are available for kids of all ages.

Thing to Do at the Dallas Zoo

1. Birds Landing

On Annabelle’s first trip to the Dallas zoo last year, we took her to this interactive aviary to feed birds. You pay $1for a seed stick, wait your turn to enter, and birds from all over the world visit you for a nibble. We all loved it! Somewhere I have a video of a dozen or so birds landing on my mom. It was hilarious!

2. Discovery House and Discovery Yard

This is toddler central which was prefect for Annabelle. It’s all about play! This part of the zoo has nature play options, puzzles, and hands on play experiences hosted by the staff. They even have animal encounters at different times throughout the day. You might get to pet your favorite bird or reptile at an encounter!

3. The Stream

If you’re going to the Dallas Zoo in the summer, cooling off is essential. The Stream is a shallow running creek where kids can splish and splash while parents watch. There’s even a play area nearby for bouncing, crawling, and climbing on a giant spider web, tortoise shells, a bird’s nest, and a hollow tree with slide!

4. Nature Play Space

This playground introduces kids to nature. From climbing on logs to building hideaways, creating art inspired by nature, and making mud pies, children are inspired to get their hands dirty here.

5. The Farmyard

This is King of the petting zoos. Little ones can touch sheep, chickens, goats, and tons of other farm animals here.

6. The Underzone

Calling all crawlers! This tunnel allows for a close up view of hornbills, mole-rats, and mongoose! Nothing stands between you and these creatures but glass. However, it feels as is nothing is separating you!

7. Junior Rancher Adventure

Want to go behind the scenes? The Dallas Zoo has a special exhibit for kids ages 3-8 called the Junior Rancher Adventure! Visit for details.

We could spend hours upon hours exploring the Dallas Zoo! Couldn’t you?

What's your favorite thing to do at your local zoo?



  1. Cheryl says:

    This sounds like a fun zoo. I loved taking my son when he was little to the zoo when we lived in Chicago. It’s a great way to get in a little exercise from the walking and learning something new too!

  2. Lately my son has been wanting to judge new towns by their zoos or museums. If we drive through or camp in a new town he wants to find a new Zoo to explore

  3. We enjoy going to our local zoo in Oklahoma. We have similar attractions to the ones in Dallas. However, there are a few that I just might make a special trip to see with my family.
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  4. Looks like such a fun place to visit with the family! I’ve taken my son to a bunch of zoos since he was a toddler, and I find something unique about all of them. We love seeing all the animals, of course, but I love when a zoo offers something else for guests beyond just the animals.
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  5. shannon says:

    Visiting the zoo was one of my favorite excursions as a child. Heck, even as an adult, it still is! I have a few friends with families that live in the Dallas-Fort. Worth area. I shared this article with them, thank you!

  6. We absolutely love the Dallas Zoo! You can easily spend the whole day there with so much do to and so many interactive exhibits for kids. A true DFW spot for families!

  7. lisa says:

    Sounds like a wonderful Zoo to take the kids. I know my kids, they would definitely be at the Stream. When it come to any place with water you better believe they’ll be ready for a splash…! I love your daughter image on the elephant, so cute!

  8. This looks like it was such an awesome day. We were in Dallas and never got to see the Zoo, but I am totally going to head back and see it. Such a great city and the Zoo sounds fabulous especially the petting zoo. I love it.
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  9. Looks like a fun time! I’ve only been to Austin in TX, but Dallas is definitely on the list. I’m hoping to make that happen when I’m living a full-time RV lifestyle.

  10. Zoos! I love them! Penguins, giraffes and elephants are my favorite! The Dallas Zoo looks like a lot of fun! Living here in New York, we take our grand kids to the zoo in Syracuse. They let veterans and their families in for free and the grand kids enjoy themselves. I would love to visit the Dallas Zoo some day.

  11. I love going to the zoo!
    We try and go a couple times throughout the year as it’s open year round.
    I love going in the fall, it’s cooler and you can see more animals than you can during the hot summer months. We haven’t gone yet but we are planning a trip for after the long weekend.

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