The mission of Austin Zoo is to assist animals in need through rescue, rehabilitation 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.
We currently have over 300 animals, representing more than 100 different species. 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 rehome 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
- $11.95 : Adult
- $10.95 : Student
- $10.95 : Senior (age 60+)
- $10.95 : Military
- $8.95 : Child (age 2-12)
- $7.95 : Member Guest
- $3.00 : Animal Food
Only available with advance reservations (a minimum of 24 hours), for a minimum of 15 paid individuals and admissions must be paid for in one transaction.
- Non-profit group $6.95
- Other groups and birthday parties $7.95
- Field trips: September 1 – January 31 $5.50
- —————February 1 – May 31 $6.00
- —————June 1 – August 31 $6.50
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Regular Hours (February 1 – October 31)
Open daily from 9:30am – 6:00pm (No one is admitted after 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, 2018 for a private event. No one will be admitted after 4pm with the Zoo closing at 5pm.
Winter Hours (November 1 – January 31)
Open daily from 9:30am – 5:30pm (No one is admitted after 4:30pm)
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Austin Zoo Map
You are welcome to bring in your own food and beverages.
Our concession stand is open:
- September 1 – February 28: Friday – Sunday 11:00am to 5:00pm
- March 1 – May 31: Tuesday – Friday 11:00am to 3:00pm & Saturday – Sunday 11:00am to 5:00pm
- June 1 – August 31: Tuesday – Sunday 11:00am to 3:00pm
Open all holidays 11am to 5pm except Christmas and Thanksgiving, and offers drinks, snacks and shaved ice.
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 $7.95 for admission (up to 8 guests) when accompanied by you.
Prices are subject to change without notice. No refunds or rain checks. Annual passes are not valid for special events.
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.
Every day the train runs at the top of the hour, starting at 11:00am – 3:00pm. On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays the train continues to run until 5:00pm.
Starting October 1, 2016, the train will cost $3.00 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.