The Houston Zoo is a nationally recognized institution that was recently named one of the best zoos in the country for its exceptional conservation, education, and welfare. On the first Tuesday of each month, you can visit the zoo absolutely free for their unbelievable Free Tuesdays deal.
Welcoming 2.1 million visitors yearly, the Houston Zoo is the second-most-visited zoo in the entire country. It’s home to over 6,000 animals – from bald eagles, cougars, and black bears, to giant anteaters, komodo dragons, and black mambas – over a dozen exhibits, as well as numerous dining, drinking, and shopping establishments.
On Free Tuesdays at the Houston Zoo, the zoo offers free daytime admission to visitors from opening to closing. Here, visitors will have access to all of the zoo’s exhibits and animals at no charge. Of course, if partaking in giraffe feeding, the carousel, or other attractions that are regularly charged, visitors will need to pay on case by case basis. Access to Zoo Lights on Free Tuesdays is not included.
In order for non-members to snag their Free Tuesday ticket, they must make an online reservation beforehand. Tickets for September 5 and October 3 have already sold out. However, tickets for November 7 and December 5 will be available beginning Wednesday, November 1.
Earlier this year, the Houston Zoo unveiled their new, cutting-edge Galapagos Islands’ exhibit. The $70 million immersive experience was years in the works, and features 2.5 acres of public spaces and expositions evocative of the rich environmental landscape of the Galápagos Islands.
Key features of the exhibit include an underwater tunnel, sea cave, viewing pond, molten lava tubes, a 190,000-gallon aquarium, and colony of adorable Humboldt Penguins.
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