Visiting a zoo or farm can be a great family plan! Most kids are big animal fans, and Houston features many great places that are home to native and exotic species. Some of these spots let you touch and feed the animals.
Check out our list of the best places to see and learn about animals in Houston; we hope they’ll make for a perfect day spent together.

Where: 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030, USA
Hours:9 AM – 7 PM Last entry at 6 PM. Open 7 days a week.

The Houston Zoo is home to more than 6,000 animals that are provided with the highest standard in animal care.

There are many activities for the whole family to enjoy, including feeding giraffes, seeing cheetahs, sea lions, bears, and more! 

The Houston Zoo inspires action to save wildlife, while you get to see these amazing species up-close.

Where: 5050 Farm to Market Road 517, Alvin, TX, USA
Hours: Closed Monday, Tuesday | Wednesday- 9 AM-2 PM | Thursday- 9 AM-2 PM | Friday 9 AM-2 PM | Saturday 9 AM-4 PM | Sunday 9 AM-4 PM (Gate closes at 3:30 PM)

At Bayou Wildlife Zoo, visitors will see over 500 animals and 60 species, all from the comfort of a tram!

You’ll be taken by experienced guides around the 80-acre park to see camels, rhinoceroses, lemurs, deer, cattle, and more. There’s a petting zoo that’s home to deer, pigs, goats, and some baby animals that you can feed and pet! 

Where: 3203 Farm to Market 1960 Road East, Humble, TX 77338, USA
Hours: Open 10 AM Daily.

Old MacDonald’s Farm is a lovely 15-acre farm that features 12 petting zoo barns, pony rides, train rides, a swimming pool, and many other activities that kids will love!

Kids can have fun in the playgrounds, and the whole family can interact with amazing farm animals!

Where: 410 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
Hours: Exhibits Hours of Operation: Sunday – Thursday: 10 AM – 8 PM | Friday – Saturday: 10 AM – 9 PM | Ride Hours of Operation: Sunday – Thursday 10 AM – 8 PM | Friday & Saturday 10 AM – 9 PM

Houston Downtown Aquarium is a 6- acre entertainment and dining complex that will make families feel like they’re in a 500,000-gallon aquatic wonderland! 

You will see over 300 species of aquatic animals, and enjoy amazing exhibits, rides, and games! This is definitely a family’s favorite place!

Where: 23231 County Road 48, Angleton, TX 77515, USA

Get ready to have a great and different experience! In Crocodile Encounter, you will see crocodiles and alligators swimming and sunning and enjoying feeding demonstrations. 

You will also have the chance to see snakes, lizards, and turtles!

Where: 7112 Newcastle Street, Bellaire, TX 77401, USA
Hours: Discovery Rooms: Tuesday – Friday (closed Monday) Noon – 5:30 PM | Saturday and Sunday 10 AM – 5:30 PM | Nature Discovery Center Office: Tuesday – Friday (closed Monday) 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM | Russ Pitman Park: 7 days per week, 5 AM to 9:30 PM

The family can connect with nature and explore prairie grasses, tall pecans, native understory, and wide lawns that are home to many animals.

This interactive hands-on approach to learning will awaken children’s natural curiosity!

Where: 22115 Sherrod Lane, Spring, TX, USA

TGR Exotics Wildlife Park is home to some of the world’s most exotic, fascinating, and endangered animals.

There’s something for visitors of all ages, and you’ll see more than 100 animals representing over 25 species. Visitors can see, touch, and learn about these animals, making it a unique experience, especially for the little ones!

Where: 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, Texas 77030, USA
Hours: Regular Hours and Butterfly Center: Monday – Sunday: 9 AM – 5 PM

Besides learning all there’s to know about the natural world and even more, the Houston Museum of Natural Science features

The Cockrell Butterfly Center and Brown Hall of Entomology in which you’ll walk through a living butterfly habitat, marvel at spectacular live and preserved specimens of some of the world’s largest and weirdest arthropods, and enjoy interactive games and quizzes.

Where: Dewberry Farm, Farm to Market 362, Brookshire, TX, USA

There’s so much to do at Dewberry Farms!

Families can enjoy pony rides, as well as an 8-acre corn maze, 50 attractions, eating spots, seasonal live entertainment, and music! There’s something for every member of the family at Dewberry Farms!