Spring Break is a great time to spend time with the family. If you are looking for an exciting spring break day trip that is filled with fun, consider one of the top Texas Zoos.

Dallas Zoo

Located just three miles south of Downtown Dallas, the Dallas Zoo sits on 106 acres and is the biggest and oldest zoo in the state. From crocodiles to tigers, it is home to over 2,000 animals, and it includes a children's zoo where kids can ride ponies, splash around in a creek, and pet various creatures. Other attractions worth a visit include the Wildlife Amphitheater, Bug U!, Penguin Cove, and the Koala Walkabout.

Fort Worth Zoo

With over 5,000 animals on display, the Fort Worth Zoo is not just one of the most popular zoos in Texas — it's been named the top zoo in the nation by publications like the LA Times and USA Today. On its 64 acres, you will find numerous exhibits featuring wildlife from around the world. They include World of Primates, Raptor Canyon, and Texas Wild!. Don't forget to check out the Great Barrier Reef exhibit that features 500 aquatic animals from coastal Australia.

San Antonio Zoo

You'll find over 3,500 species of animals on display at the 35-acre San Antonio Zoo, which sits inside Brackenridge Park. This popular zoo welcomes over 1 million visitors each year. One look at the attractions, and you'll understand why San Antonio residents and visitors are excited to visit. It even has its own aquarium. Other cool exhibits include Africa Live!, the Cat Grotto, and Toadally.

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

Another great place to view animals in San Antonio is the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch. Located on the north side of the city, the 400-acre park is more safari than zoo, and visitors can drive through open fields where animals roam. You'll see giraffes, zebras, buffalo, gazelle, elk, wildebeest, and more as you explore the facility's three expansive pastures.

Cameron Park Zoo

The Cameron Park Zoo in Waco dates back to 1955. Over 300 species and 1,730 animals live at the 52-acre facility located inside Waco's famed Cameron Park. The zoo is popular for its gorgeous setting and community events like the annual Zoobilee. It also has a zoo just for children. Some of the other exhibits at the Cameron park Zoo include Lemur Island, a 50,000-gallon saltwater reef aquarium, and an Asian Forest that features several endangered species.

Houston Zoo

If you visit Hermann Park in Houston, you will discover the 55-acre Houston Zoo and its over 6,000 animals. When you arrive, you must see the award-winning African Forest that houses everything from rhinos to chimpanzees, and the Kipp Aquarium, where you'll see marine life, ranging from turtles to a giant pacific octopus. You can even meet the University of Houston's mascot, Shasta the Cougar, at the zoo's Carnivores exhibit.

Austin Zoo

The 20-acre Austin Zoo may not be one of the oldest or largest zoos in Texas, but it may be one with the biggest heart. The facility started out in 1990 as a ranch for animals in need, such as goats, deer, and ponies. Eventually, more exotic animals came to the ranch, and in 1994, it became the Austin Zoo. Today, you can visit 100 unique species, including lions, tigers, bears, wolves, monkeys, birds, and reptiles. Keeping with its original purpose, most of the animals there were rescued.

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