Fort Worth Zoo

Fort Worth's Zoo started off quite humbly in 1909 with one lion, two bear cubs, an alligator, a coyote, a peacock and a few rabbits. since then the zoo has grown and is now ranked as one of the top five in the United States, home to more than 5,000 animals living in natural habitat settings like Raptor Canyon, the Koala Outback and Asian Falls.

A recently opened new eight-acre section called Texas Wild takes visitors on a journey through the state to see indigenous animals like swift foxes, ocelots and white-tailed deer, including some endangered species. This section includes a mock-up of a Texas town with a restaurant, store, saloon and jailhouse. Another popular diversion here is the chance to try managing a computer-simulated ranch.

Even more recently, a Parrot Paradise, Great Barrier Reef display, Penguins exhbition and a Museum of Living Art (MOLA) have been opened. In addition to wildlife focused attractions, there are further entertainemtns available, such as a rock-climbing tower, a movie theatre, a carousel, a small express train, a weather theatre and a shooting gallery.

Address: 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth

Website: www.fortworthzoo.org

Telephone: (817) 759-7555

Opening times: Hours vary according to season. Check the website for specific dates.

Admission: $12 adults, $9 children 3-12. Other concessions available. Half price admission on Wednesdays.