Almost every child (and even many adults) loves animals. When it comes to families with children, zoos and aquariums are popular destinations to spend the day at.
You’ll find a variety of places around the Dallas area where you can see live animal exhibits while keeping safe distances away from them.
Gather your squad for this exciting chance to explore new worlds!

Where: 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, Texas 76110, USA 
Hours: Weekday Hours (Mar. 2 – July 5): 10 AM to 5 PM Monday – Friday | Weekend Hours (Mar. 2 – July 5): 10 AM to 6 PM Saturday &Sunday | July 6 – Oct. 25: 10 AM to 5 PM Daily.

 Fort Worth Zoo is home to more than 500 animal species including 72 species of mammals, 148 species of birds, and 172 species of ectotherms.

The Zoo offers many great exhibits for the entire family to enjoy a great day!

Where: 650 South R L Thornton Freeway, Dallas, TX 75203, USA
Hours: MARCH 1 – OCTOBER 27 9 AM to 5 PM daily.

This 160-acre zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals and 400 species!

Visitors will get to learn about the animals, feed giraffes, enjoy birds landing, and more! Meet all the unique species and have a fun family day.

Where: Grapevine Mills Mall, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, Texas, USA
Hours: 10 AM- 6 PM Daily

Sea Life is an interactive aquarium that contains thousands of aquatic creatures, interactive touch pools, and a 360º ocean tunnel!

Families will get to see different amazing animals such as sharks, seahorses, clownfishes, jellyfishes, sea turtles, and so much more! 

Where: 2203 West Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Tyler, Texas 75702, USA
Hours: March 1 – Labor Day: 9 AM – 5 PM. Exhibits close at 6 | After Labor Day – February: 9 AM – 4 PM. Exhibits close at 4:30 PM

Caldwell Zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals including zebras, giraffes, alligators, black bears, and more!

Explore the African Savanna, North, and South American habitats, and learn many new things!

Where: 1801 N Griffin St, Dallas, TX, USA
Hours: Open 9 AM – 5 PM daily | Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

From the rainforest exhibit where you will see exotic birds, to the aquarium part which displays marine life, you will love to visit the Dallas World Aquarium!

Discover amazing exhibits and learn about exotic animals!

Where:  1701 North 4th Street, Waco, Texas 76707, USA
Hours: Monday through Saturday – 9 AM to 5 PM | Sunday – 11 AM to 5 PM

At this amazing place, you will see more than 1700 animals and over 300 species in their natural habitat.

This 52-acre zoo features views of native vegetation, waterfalls, a lake, and ponds. 

Where: 17552 Farm to Market Road 14, Tyler, TX 75706, USA
Hours: Open daily 10 AM- 5 PM. Last tour at 4 PM | Closed the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Saturday, and Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day Labor Day, Thanksgiving, December 24th, 25th, and 26th

This animal sanctuary is home to over 40 rescued big cats and other endangered species.

You can take a tour and learn about the species and how can you help ensure their future. Meet the majestic felines with the family!

Where: 1974 Green Oaks Rd, Fort Worth, TX, USA
Hours: 11 AM- 7 PM

Prepare to see thousands of animals from five continents of the planet, without ever getting on a flight!

This petting zoo aquarium feeding experience will take you and your loved ones on a journey around the planet. SeaQuest is home to nearly 1200 animals of 300 different species that arrived at SeaQuest from rescues or from homes where they have outgrown their habitats, others arrived injured for care and rehabilitation.

Where: 2299 County Road 2008, Glen Rose, TX, USA
Hours: Winter Hours: November 1 – March 7. Hours of Operation: 8:30 AM – 3:29 PM | Cafe: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM | Nature Store: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM | Children’s Animal Center: 10 AM – 4 PM | Park Closes: 5:30 PM | Spring/Summer/Fall Hours: March 8 – October 31. Hours of Operation: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM | Cafe: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM | Nature Store: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM | Children’s Animal Center: 10 AM – 4 PM | Park Closes: 6:30 PM.

Take a tour with the family at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center and get to meet some amazing animals.

Located on 1,800 acres, Fossil Rim is home to many animals such as kudu, cheetah, addax, rhinos, and more!

Where: 1 Nature Place, McKinney, Texas 75069, USA
Hours: Tuesday – 9 AM – 5 PM | Wednesday – 9 AM – 5 PM | Thursday – 9 AM – 5 PM | Friday – 9 AM – 5 PM | Saturday – 9 AM – 5 PM | The Heard will open at 7:30 on the Second Saturday of the month. Sunday 1 PM-5 PM | Monday – Closed

This 289-acre wildlife sanctuary is also a natural science museum and its primary purpose is to educate children about nature.

The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is a private non-profit organization that exists to bring nature and people together to enjoy, discover, preserve, and restore our priceless environment.