50th Birthday Discount Weekends

Celebrating 50 Years: Taking It Back to 1971!!!

September 3, 2021 marks the 50 year anniversary of the opening of the Gladys Porter Zoo! The staff at the Zoo is excited and ready to celebrate with the community. To commemorate this significant milestone, the Zoo will be charging the same admission rates visitors paid when the Zoo first opened its gates to the public in 1971.

On select weekends throughout the month of September, guests from various counties across the Rio Grande Valley will be treated to 1971 pricing when they visit the Zoo: $1.50 for adults ages 14 and up; 50 cents for children ages 2 through 13; and, children under two years of age are free!

Residents will need to show proof of residency, such as a driver’s license, utility receipt or school ID. At least one family member must show proof of residency at the gate.

There will even be a special weekend during the month of October when guests from outside the Rio Grande Valley can celebrate with us, still enjoying 1971 admission rates.

Birthday Discount Weekends

Brownsville Residents – September 3rd-5th, 2021

Cameron & Willacy County Residents – September 10th-12th, 2021

Hidalgo & Starr County Residents – September 17th -19th, 2021

Out of Valley Residents – October 8th-10th, 2021

The Board of Directors as well as the entire staff of the Zoo would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the community of South Texas for supporting its Gladys Porter Zoo for the past five decades. Hopefully, these deeply discounted rates will make it possible for everyone to come out and celebrate the Zoo’s birthday with us.

“Thanks to the City of Brownsville, our entire community and some very generous donors, there is much more to see at the Zoo compared to when it first opened,” said Dr. Patrick Burchfield, Gladys Porter Zoo’s Executive Director. “We now have a South-American walk-through aviary, an aquarium featuring local ecosystems and their aquatic residents, a herpetarium and multiple opportunities for families to interact with zoo animals. Children can enjoy outdoor play at the Zoo’s enchanted South Texas-themed playground that features sensational one-of-a-kind play structures. Most recently, the Zoo has added El Mundo Huastec y Totonac, Colobus Crossing, and The Otterbahn exhibits.”

Plenty of things have changed over the years, but some things remain the same. The Gladys Porter Zoo continues to be one of the top zoos in the country, dedicated to the preservation of nature, through education, conservation, healthy outdoor recreation and research.

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