Houston Day Trip – Bayou Wildlife Zoo

I’m not big on driving, but I recently decided I would take more road trips. Over 4th of July weekend, we packed in the car and headed out to Bayou Wildlife Zoo in Alvin, TX. From Humble, it took us about an hour. I traveled with my 15 year old son, mom, and 3 year old niece.

Thankfully I googled the place prior to going, and noted that the zoo only accepts cash. While the price was a bit steep – $20 for adults, $10 for kids – upon leaving the zoo, we all agreed that it was worth it.

We arrived to the zoo, and purchased a couple of bowls of food to feed the animals.  Once you pass the payment office, you drive down a path and are greeted with ostriches and some deer walking along side your car. I attempted to feed the ostriches, and panicked at the last moment, pulling my hand back into the car, bringing a drooling ostrich head right into the window of the car. Note to self: keep bowl of food OUTSIDE of the car (video speaks for itself).


After laughing hysterically for a few minutes, we proceeded to the parking lot around the corner. First stop was the pony ride for the kids.  I thought my niece would love the pony ride, but she was having none of it, so she hopped off pretty quickly. We walked over to the barn where the giraffes, pigs and goats were housed. I mingled with the goats a bit, then hopped onto the tram for my favorite part of the trip.

The tram takes you all around the zoo, where you get the chance to feed and view some common zoo animals and some not-so-common creatures. My personal favorites were the zonkey (a zebra and donkey) and this HUGE horned-animal. I can’t remember what it was called, because I was too busy taking pictures.

The tram ride lasts about 30 minutes, and has a couple of roller-coaster moments. I was glad I’d taken my dramamine prior to the ride. We oohed and aahed over the amazing animals, finished up the trip, then headed back to the car. I’m certain we would have stayed just a little longer if it wasn’t SO HOT, but I truly enjoyed my time there.

The Bayou Wildlife Zoo is definitely worth a quick trip out from Houston.

Where are your favorite Houston Day Trips? Comment below.



3 thoughts on “Houston Day Trip – Bayou Wildlife Zoo

  1. We enjoyed Moody gardens, palm beach water park and pleasure pier in Galveston and the kemah boardwalk ..will definitely look into visiting this Zoo when it gets cooler . I also want to take the kids to NASA

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