Kiss the scorching hot Texas summer goodbye as temperatures drop and leaves change color. Autumn in Dallas, TX may not provide the fall foliage of our northern counterparts but it does provide wonderful weather for exploring the outdoors, conservation and enjoying fun fall events at the Dallas Zoo. As a local Dallasite, we’ve collaborated with our friends at Expedia’s Viewfinder Travel Blog to provide tips on the best fall activities that you can see when visiting the Dallas Zoo. The Dallas Zoo is located on 106 acres with over 430 different species just minutes from downtown Dallas. Nobody would believe this little oasis with so much to offer the community could be so close to the urban sprawl of Dallas.
The latest fall activities at the Dallas Zoo will keep families busy enjoying the cool fall weather. With over 2,200 specimens and fantastic wildlife habitats not only does the Dallas Zoo create unique photographic opportunities but it also creates learning opportunities for area school children.
Best Fall activities at the Dallas Zoo
- Halloween Nights at the Dallas Zoo
The Dallas Zoo features the best in family activities for the Fall season. Themed events for the holidays include Halloween Nights. Halloween Nights allows kids to dress up in their costumes and with a separate zoo admission travel from station to station within various parts of the zoo grounds to go trick or treating. The zoo stays open from 5 pm to 8 pm on select days in October for this special event. Families get to get to enjoy candy stations, costumed characters, Animal Adventure shows, marionette puppet shows, bounce houses and more. Tickets for this special program are $10 per person (ages 3 and up); and members of the Dallas Zoological Society receive a $2 discount per ticket. Parking for this special event is just $5 per vehicle and there is no free member parking for this event. This event is various nights in October, check the event calendar for exact dates.
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- Photography Workshops
For those that love photography, consider taking advantage of the Dallas Zoo’s special photography workshops for an additional charge. These half or full day workshops are a great way to explore the zoo and hone your photography skills by capturing the autumn scenes of the zoo. Workshops include a meal as well as a safari walk. Each workshop concentrates on different aspects associated with nature and animal photography and are held at various times during the year.
- Camping out in the Camp Okapi campground in the Wilds of Africa exhibit
This campout is a great way for families to enjoy the cool air and go on special events and activities in this 36 acre section of the park. Available on select days, campers get to explore this area that includes all major habitats for an entire continent. Also available in the Wilds of Africa exhibit is the Monorail safari that zips you through the bush, desert, forest, woodland, river and mountain areas to see all the habitats and many animals that you can only see from the monorail. The Dallas Zoo also has family Safari Night Hikes for an additional charge. For three hours, families can experience the zoo animals after dark and get an up close and personal look at some of the zoo’s educational animals. Held at various times throughout the year, it’s a great way to get acquainted with the Dallas Zoo.
- SOAR – Festival of Flight
When you stop by to visit the zoo in the Autumn, be sure to check out some of the Dallas Zoo’s animal shows. Check out the trained birds at SOAR – Festival of Flight. This special event will showcase about 20 different species of birds with some of the birds soaring, swooping and diving. See birds such as hawks, owls, toucans, hornbills, ibises, ravens, eagles and more. They’ve also just added a Capybara – a large rodent native to South America. Check out thefor days and times. The show will be at the Wildlife Ampitheater at Zoonorth. Also in ZooNorth is the Cheetah Encounter. The cheetah named Winspear and Labrador retriever best friend , Amani will demonstrate their use of speed as they chase a lure through a 75 yard long exhibit. Presentations are about 20 minutes and free with zoo admission.
- Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo
If you get a chance to stop by the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo the 3 acre facility provides educational and interactive experiences for kids. With the Stream in the center of the facility, the children’s zoo is surrounded by an aviary and a pony ride. One of the great places to visit in this area is the Hillcrest Foundation Nature Exchange where kids can trade in natural artifacts for points to earn some cool artifacts of their own.
Popular animal exhibits and attractions
You can also check out the only koalas in Texas on loan from the San Diego Zoo. Kobi and Tekin are part of the Koala Walkabout exhibit that features glass windows in their climate controlled exhibit. Right across from the Koala Walkabout is the lorikeet aviary where guests can purchase nectar to feed the lorikeets and lories. Get ready to feed the giraffes at the Giants of the Savannah exhibit at the Diane and Hal Brierley Giraffe Ridge. Meet the tallest land animal eye to eye. The cost to feed the giraffes is just $5. Check out the different varieties of exhibits at the Dallas Zoo including the Primate Place, Bug U, Texas Cats, the Herpetarium and more.
The Dallas Zoo is located at 650 South R. L. Thornton Freeway (I 35E), Dallas, TX 75203. Call them for more information at (469) 554-7500. The Dallas zoo is open seven days a week. Closed Christmas Day.
Regular hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Winter hours (during Standard Time): 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: $15 ages 12-64; $12 ages 3-11 and seniors; free for age 2 and under and DZS members (March-May); $12 and $9 (June-December); $5 per person (January-February). Senior Safari Wednesdays offer $5 admission for all seniors (65+) every Wednesday. Monorail Safari: $3 per person age 3 and up. Endangered Species Carousel: $2 per person. Giraffe feeding: $5 per serving.
Parking: $8 per car
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