Plan Your Trip


Planning is the key to making your Zoo visit the great experience you expect. The Gladys Porter Zoo is here to help.

Let’s Start With the Basics

Please be aware that because of the current COVID-19 pandemic the Zoo has made changes to the ticketing and entry process and there are new guidelines that need to be followed during your visit.  The Zoo is open Friday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., visitors can stay on Zoo grounds until dusk and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Once on Zoo grounds you can stay until dusk. Regular admission for adults ages 14 – 64 is $14.00 children ages 2 – 13 pay $8.50 and seniors 65 and over receive a discounted admission of $11.00. Children, ages 1 and under are free. Group rates are currently not available.

All facilities are accessible by wheelchair. You are welcome to bring your own wheelchair, stroller or wagon. Cycles of any kind are not permitted.  If you need a wheelchair they are available for rent at the Zoofari Market Gift Shop.

For your convenience, our concession stands offer a wide variety of food and beverages. The Oasis (main concession stand) and Lion’s Pride (concession stand) are the only food stands open  and there are beverage vending machines available. Please note that the Coyote Cafe, the Asian Grille, Pizzooria, Dippin’ Dots, and various extra food carts are closed and will re-open during peak visitation times.

Sorry, food may not be brought into the Zoo. Water is the only beverage permitted.

For the safety of our animals and yours no pets are allowed on Zoo grounds.

Map Out Your Plan in Advance
Gladys Porter Zoo is located at 500 Ringgold St., Brownsville, Texas and is easy to access from Expressway 77/83. From 77/83 take the 6th Street exit and proceed to Ringgold St., turn right and park.

Download our online Zoo map and plan your route through the Zoo.  If you are bringing young children choose a meeting place just in case someone gets separated from the group.

There’s Always Something Happening Here!
All events are temporarily suspended.  Check out our online calendar to get the scoop. See what events and programs are going on the day you’ll be visiting. If the Zoo has an event scheduled like Boo at the Zoo or Zoo Nights & Lights, you are encouraged to buy tickets in advance to avoid having to wait in long lines.

Do You Visit Often or Want to Visit More?
Take advantage of the benefits of membership like free admission every day during regular Zoo hours. Read about the great benefits that every member receives and download an application.

Prepare for the Weather
There is a lot to see at the Gladys Porter Zoo and many of our animals are in outdoor exhibits. In the Rio Grande Valley the summer months are very hot and humid. We encourage you to utilize weather appropriate dress and wear comfortable shoes made for walking. No skates or skating is allowed.  If you want to take a break from the weather, visit one of our air-conditioned exhibits such as the Herpetarium, Russell Aquatic Ecology Center or Australia Exhibit.

When You Arrive
The Zoo has temporarily implemented a one-way route around the Zoo to help visitors maintain social distancing.  Hopefully, you have your online Zoo map printed so you can plot out your route.  After you see the gorillas at the entrance you need to proceed to your left towards Small World.  If you forgot your map ask for one at the ticket booth, office or at our information booth. You don’t want to get lost or miss some of your favorite animals.

At the Zoo the most frequently asked question is, “Where is the restroom?” There are four public restrooms on Zoo grounds. They are located adjacent to The Oasis, Pizzooria, Asian Grill and Herpetarium.

Take a Ride on the Safari Express
During our phase 1 reopening plan the train is not available for rides.  The train may also be reserved for groups of 10 or less; reservations must be made two weeks in advance. The fee for a private train ride is $75.00.

Before You Leave
Don’t forget to visit the Zoofari Gift Shop and pick up a souvenir to remember your amazing trip to the Gladys Porter Zoo. Our gift shop features many items such as t-shirts, stuffed animals, books, jewelry, toys and much more. Due to limited space, strollers are not allowed in the Gift Shop. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please ask one of the Gift Shop employees for help securing your stroller during your visit.

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