Unlimited Summer Fun at the Houston Zoo

This summer, reconnect with nature at the Houston Zoo! Home to more than 6,000 animals, the zoo connects communities with animals, inspiring action to save wildlife. Where else do gorillas lounge in a meadow and sea lions swim gracefully in their pool? All this and more awaits in the heart of the bayou city.

All summer long, the zoo is featuring a special exhibit, Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks Presented by Coca-Cola. Kids and adults alike will be amazed at the incredible detail of these giant animal sculptures, all built with tens of thousands of LEGO bricks. And for parents, the best part is – these LEGO pieces aren’t left behind to be stepped on! All LEGO fans are sure to love Nature Connects!

Giant LEGO brick sculptures aren’t the only new thing to see this summer; the McNair Asian Elephant Habitat expansion also recently opened to the public.

Accommodating the zoo’s growing elephant herd, this expansion includes a 6,500-square-foot barn custom-built to house the bull elephants. To complement the barn, the brand-new habitat features a boardwalk with an unobstructed view of the elephants’ expanded yard and up-close look into their 160,000-gallon infinity pool. This expansion also highlights the zoo’s global commitment and ongoing work to save elephants in the wild.

While the elephants stay cool in the pool, visitors can beat the heat in a number of ways at the zoo!

The zoo is filled with places to cool off and fun ways to chill out all summer long thanks to TXU Energy Presents Chill Out at the Houston Zoo. Thirteen indoor, air-conditioned buildings provide a reprieve from the summer sun. Guests can refresh indoors and watch the otters swim in the Carruth Natural Encounters Building, check out the leaf cutter ants busy at work in the Bug House, and be mesmerized by the tranquil Japanese sea nettles swimming in the Kipp Aquarium.

The animals will be chilling out all summer, too! Watch as the black bears enjoy ice pops, the sea lions swim in the pool and eat fish popsicles, and even birds play in the sprinklers.

There are other ways for the kiddos to chill out this summer, at the Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park. This hot weather oasis includes a friendly, colorful sea serpent, a tall fill-and-spill water tree, and a variety of fountains, jets, and misters.

And the fun doesn’t end there! The zoo offers daily giraffe feedings at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., weather and giraffe participation pending. At the McGovern Giraffe Habitat, the two newest members of the herd, Zindzhi and Mara, both born in April 2017, can be seen running around the yard with the rest of the herd. And no trip to the zoo is complete without a ride on the Texas Direct Auto Wildlife Carousel. Children can choose a favorite animal and take a spin!

To experience all the fun during the summer, the zoo offers a special all-day pass for guests this time of year. This all-day pass includes zoo admission, all-day access to Nature Connects, and a conservation bracelet. Kids also receive unlimited carousel rides. Beat the lines and buy tickets online! Visit www.houstonzoo.org for all the details.

A portion of every admission ticket and Membership is donated to conservation efforts here in Texas and around the world, helping to save animals in the wild. Be sure to add “visiting the Houston Zoo” to your to-do list this summer!

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28 Jun 2017