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 DallasZoo.com 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?