Opened in 1909, Fort Worth Zoo is Texas's oldest zoo, housing hundreds of animal species from all over the world. This beautiful 64-acre oasis is just a short distance from the centre of Fort Worth, and under 30 miles from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to the northeast. You can find plenty of hotels near Fort Worth Zoo, ranging from affordable family-friendly accommodation to chic luxury properties.
There’s a huge amount to see at Fort Worth Zoo. Check out the cheetah exhibit, spot the Asian elephants of the Asian Falls exhibit, then explore the magnificent Museum of Living Art where you can see everything from giant salamanders to crocodiles. The Parrot Paradise exhibit is packed with chatty parakeets and cockatiels, and at the Texas Wild! Exhibit you can see black bears, mountain lions and other species native to the state.
Escape the Texas heat and let the kids chill out at this huge zero-depth water adventure zone. It features water cannons shaped like animals, four slides, a water dump tower, and a toddler section, and is next to a shaded lounge where you can sit back with a refreshing soft drink.
At the Outdoor Learning Theater you can get up close to the animals and see fantastic live shows. For more adventure, walk along the Swinging Swamp Bridge, or head to the Hurricane and Tornado Simulators and discover what it feels like to experience gale- and hurricane-force winds.
If you need to refuel, grab some crispy chicken strips, a fresh sandwich or a tasty hot dog, then cool off again with a delicious ice cream in the shaded picnic area. Afterwards, head over to the souvenir shops where you can find a variety of gift items, from toys and games to authentic Texan sweets.
Thanks to their proximity to Downtown Fort Worth and other tourist attractions, hotels near Fort Worth Zoo make a great base for families visiting the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex.