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Urban sprawl, hot summers, and a multicultural city

The largest city in Texas, Houston is also one of the most ethnically diverse places in the US, with the country’s largest Asian, Arab and Latin American populations. Its multicultural essence can be found everywhere, from museums, to the performing arts and also in the diverse shopping and dining opportunities. Gay nightlife is centered in Neartown, around Pacific St. and surrounding streets. The South Loop’s Rice Village is a highly concentrated area of restaurants, bars, and shopping.

Houston Zoo

Houston Zoo

The seventh most visited zoo in the U.S.

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The seventh most visited zoo in the U.S. Editors' Note

Spreading over 55 acre of green, the Houston Zoo is home to over 6,000 animals belonging to over 900 species. The history of the zoo can be traced to 1900, when Sam Houston Park was home to the city’s first zoo, that featured rabbits, raccoons, eagles, black bear, prairie dogs, and alligators.

Today, the Houston Zoo is one of the finest in the world, home to many endangered species. There are many sections to visit, including the popular John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo with hands on activities for children, the Reptile and Amphibian Building that includes one of only fourteen leucistic American alligator exhibits in the world; and the Herbert A. & Elizabeth N. Kipp Memorial Aquarium housing over 1000 fish.

Houston Zoo
1513 North MacGregor, TX 77030 Houston
+1 713 5336500
Daily 9 a.m.* – 7 p.m., Closed on Christmas Day.