Are you looking for a nationally ranked zoo that won’t wear out your kids?
The Fort Worth Zoo is it!
For spring break this year we were able to do two exciting things… visit the Fort Worth Zoo and go to Medieval Times in Dallas. It was a blast!
Tips for the Fort Worth Zoo:
- Save money by going on Wednesdays. Right now the zoo’s plan your trip page lists Wednesdays as half priced. Full admission (at the writing of this article) for 13+ is $16, kids 3-12 or seniors 65+ is $12, and kids 2 and under are free. For my family of 2 adults and 3 kids 3-12 full price admission would be $68+tax on regular days. On half priced day we could save $34. wow! (Just FYI parking is $5.)
- Save money by bringing in food and drinks. We brought drinks and snacks into the zoo and had a picnic about an hour into our trip. That probably saved us about $20. For lunch, we ate at the Blue Bonnet Café which had some cool ceilings that my kids enjoyed. They offer Pizza Hut, Dickies BBQ, and the Ranch Grill. We saved money by using the drinks we brought in a bought a two meat platter from Dickies with extra rolls. Side note: I asked for extra biscuits and got the strangest look from one of the people working who was no doubt not from the country and may have never raised cows or planted her own garden. Her coworker had to explain the word biscuit could be interchanged for certain other bread items like rolls in certain situations. OK, ok. I know we could all debate this so don’t be leaving too many mean comments below. LOL
- Check the Keeper Chats/Stage Show schedule before you go. We just happened to be in the reptile/amphibian building(aka MOLA – Museum of Living Art) when a keeper had a snake out we got to pet. It was so cool and my kids thought it was awesome! If I had thought ahead of time, we could have followed the schedule throughout the zoo. That’ll be fun next time!
- Take the train to save some time or avoid the cranky child meltdown. Plus, it’s just fun to ride! Part of the zoo is one long stretch from the entrance to the Texas Wild area… So you’ll be walking the same path right back to the entrance when you get to the end. The train follows almost this entire path. We spent probably 3-1/2 hours at the zoo and at the end of that path my kids were pooped! So we hopped aboard the Yellow Rose Express for only $3 per person – totally worth it. We enjoyed all the little scenes that were setup to see from the train. Click here for all of the different attractions at the zoo.
- Learn about the exhibits before you go. My kids and I are only up for a maximum of 4 hours at a zoo. It used to be less time when they were younger. Because of that, I liked to plan out what we would try to see ahead of time especially if one of my kids has a favorite animal they wouldn’t want to miss. It wasn’t as important for the Fort Worth Zoo because it’s not overwhelming in size like, for instance, the San Diego Zoo. Still I like to know what to expect before we go and see a layout which most zoos have a map page or download from their website – here’s the map link for the Fort Worth Zoo.
These tips are helpful for any zoo trip but specifically for the Fort Worth Zoo. It was one of my favorite zoos we’ve been to and we’ve seen a bunch! I liked that it wasn’t a giant zoo but still had amazing exhibits like penguins and the reptile/amphibian building. Hoping these tips help you on your next adventure!