Fort Worth Zoo – Fort Worth, Texas
In 1992, the Zoo hosted a grand reopening, unveiling two new habitats — World of Primates and Asian Falls — and numerous improvements throughout the Zoo. Within the first year, Zoo attendance soared to approximately 1 million visitors in a fiscal year — almost double the previous year — and has maintained ever since.
Since 1992, the Zoo has opened 16 permanent habitats and support facilities, virtually creating a new Zoo. Ten years of improvements and Association management were celebrated with the addition of Texas Wild! in 2001, which houses seven distinct habitats within an 8-acre complex.
Cool off and chill out at Safari Splash. Snag a shaded lounge chair enjoy a cold soft drink or lemonade and let the kids soak up the fun in the 14,000-square-foot splash area. Safari Splash is a water play area equipped with four slides, a water dump tower, a fill wall for your water toys, animal-shaped water cannons, and a designated toddler play area. For an additional $5 ($4 for Zoo members) with Zoo admission, enjoy Safari Splash before or after a trip through the Zoo!
Junior Train Conductor
Become a junior train conductor and ride the rails on the Yellow Rose Express Train at the Fort Worth Zoo. Participants will work alongside the Yellow Rose Express staff collecting tickets and greeting guests, clearing the train to leave the depot, and ringing the bell at crossings. Participants will also receive an official certificate, train hat, and safety vest and enjoy reserved seating.
- $40 includes two one-way train rides that begin at the Safari depot for the junior conductor and up to three additional riders. (Zoo admission tickets are not included.)
- The junior train conductor must be 5 to 12 years old and accompanied by an adult. No unescorted youth will be allowed.
- The junior train conductor experience is offered daily at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m., excluding the month of January and the week of Spring Break. Call 817-759-7337 for additional details.
- In the event of inclement weather or a mechanical issue that prevents the train from operating, your Junior Conductor Experience will be rescheduled.
Women in STEM
We invite you to take a walk through the rotunda and discover the world of STEM careers (science, technology, engineering, and math) that await you at the Zoo. The women featured in this space are not only making strides in their STEM careers but also making major contributions to animal-related fields including conservation, behavior science, veterinary science, animal nutrition, and more. Take a look and you just might see yourself here in the future!
To provide engaging, memorable experiences that focus on wildlife conservation and the outdoors. We believe that connecting children to nature, through outdoor play and interactive experiences, is the key to making future leaders in conservation.
Each week is filled with immersive learning experiences for kids ages 4 to 17. Programs vary by age group but each one explores the wonders of wildlife and nature through exciting activities and animal encounters. Plus, campers get to enjoy the best of the Fort Worth Zoo and the great outdoors!
Know Before You Go
- When temperatures reach triple digits, some of our animals might retreat to their barns.
- Reservations are no longer required.
- The Zoo is open 365 days a year and Wednesdays are half-price admission.
- The Zoo accepts cash and credit cards.
- Beginning Feb. 13, the city of Fort Worth will begin road improvements on South University Drive. This may impact traffic around the Zoo.
- We want your visit to the Fort Worth Zoo to be enjoyable! During the school year, many children take part in our education programs. Most schools visit in the morning and typically depart after lunch. Half-price Wednesdays and weekends are popular times to visit.