The mission of Austin Zoo is to assist animals in need through rescue, conservation, and education.
Located on the southwest edge of Austin off Highway 290 West and Circle Drive, Austin Zoo is a pleasant Hill Country zoo where visitors from around the world can come to learn about animals close-up, spend some time outdoors getting exercise, and have fun.
Austin Zoo began as a goat ranch. In 1990, the ranch became known as Good Day Ranch, taking in primarily goats, pigs, fallow deer, donkeys and ponies who needed a home. By the year 1994 the ranch had grown and included a number of exotic animals. To reflect all the changes, the Good Day Ranch officially became Austin Zoo. In 1999 the owners decided to donate the animals and the facilities into a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation – a project that was completed in 2000. Austin Zoo has been operated by a Board of Directors since that time.
Austin Zoo relies on private, corporate, and civic donations, as well as admission fees, gift shop sales, grants, sponsorships and other fund raising events to ensure the health and well being of our animal collection. Support also allows us to take in new animals and participate in conservation efforts to save endangered animals.
Our animal collection includes animals from other facilities that are being retired due to age, health or other issues; animals that were seized in animal cruelty cases; retired laboratory research animals; and individuals’ exotic pets they needed to re-home due to changes in the owner’s lifestyle or the inability to provide appropriate care for these pets.
Over 237,000 individuals visit Austin Zoo annually, including tens of thousands of students and teachers visiting on field trips.
Austin Zoo currently occupies approximately 15 acres of land, and owns another 40 acres which will provide ample room for expansion as the Zoo continues to grow.
Effective January 1, 2018
- $14.95 : Adult (at the gate $15.95)
- $13.95 : Student (at the gate $14.95)
- $13.95 : Senior (age 60+) (at the gate $14.95)
- $13.95 : Military (at the gate $14.95)
- $11.95 : Child (age 2-12) (at the gate $12.95)
- $10.95 : Member Guest
Please note, we do not issue physical tickets. After purchasing your ticket(s), you will receive an email receipt. Simply show the receipt to our admissions clerk when you arrive at the Zoo.
Regular Hours (February 1 – October 31)
Open Monday through Friday from 9:30am – 5:00pm
Open Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 9:30am – 6:00pm
Winter Hours (November 1 – January 31)
Open daily from 9:30am – 5:00pm
Please Note: Austin Zoo closes early the 2nd Saturday of May every year for our annual Austin Zoo Revue and Grand Gala, and on October 28, 2019 for a private event. No one will be admitted after 4pm with the Zoo closing at 5pm.
Austin Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Austin Zoo Map
You are welcome to bring in your own food and beverages.
Snacks and More
Guest will be able to purchase snacks and drinks in our Gift Shop or throughout our Zoo in vending machines.
Enjoy the fun of Austin Zoo all year. Annual pass holders receive unlimited visits for one year from the date of purchase as well as a 10% discount at the Gift Shop, and your guests only pay $10.95 for admission (up to 8 guests) when accompanied by you.
The train ride consists of a scenic ride through the hill country lasting about 20 minutes. Some of the zoo’s off-display animals can be observed from the train as well, including our emus, alpacas and longhorns.
Our train departs the depot at the top of every hour beginning at 11:00am and runs until 3:00pm during the school year. On Saturdays, Sundays, holidays and after school lets out for the summer, the train runs until 5:00pm.
Train rides cost $5.00 per person, children under 2 are free. Tickets are purchased at the station, and Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express are accepted in addition to cash.
Please call (512) 970-2987 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to schedule a group train ride.