Spring Break at the Zoo!
Spend your spring break outside at the Zoo and discover nearly 7,000 animals across 64 acres in the heart of Fort Worth.
Monday through Friday - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
We encourage you to purchase tickets ahead of time. During spring break, Mach 11 through March 19, ticket booth lines will be longer than normal. General Admission tickets are good for 30 days from purchase date. Plus, save a dollar when you purchase tickets online!
As we near completion of construction on phase three of our A Wilder Vision master plan, Predators of Asia & Africa, we are awaiting the return of some favorite Zoo residents. We look forward to welcoming back lions, tigers and hyenas, as well as introducing several new species later this year when we unveil their new habitats!
What to know before you go
Spring break is a popular time to visit the Zoo and we’re ready for you! A few insider tips:
- Designated Fort Worth police officers will be onsite directing traffic and coordinating with Zoo staff to keep visitors moving into one of our multiple parking lots. The Zoo is maximizing its resources to move traffic efficiently. Follow the car in front of you (and the police officer, and the Zoo employee) and we’ll get you in as quickly as possible.
- We encourage you to consider ride sharing, carpooling or the Trinity Metro Safari Xpress and ask that you refrain from navigating through and parking in our neighbors' residential streets.
Allow extra time for traffic and parking.
The Zoo sees the most guests around lunchtime. We recommend arriving as soon as we open, or making it an afternoon trip. (Most guests see the Zoo within four hours). We’re open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Did you know small coolers and outside food and drink are permitted inside the park? It’s true! We just ask that you do not bring in glass, alcohol, or disposable lids and straws.
- Have you met our newest babies, our giraffe calves, gorilla Bruno and 1-year-old Asian elephant calf Brazos? Be sure to plan time during your visit to see all of our babies.
Spring break is a great time to visit – come explore!
Directions to the Zoo
To reach the Fort Worth Zoo (1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, Texas 76110) from westbound Interstate 30, take the Chisholm Trail Parkway and your first exit is University Drive – exit there (yes, this is a toll road, but University exit is a free exit). Go south on University for approximately 1 mile to Colonial Parkway and turn left. Once you are on Colonial Parkway, follow the signs to the Zoo.
Traveling eastbound on Interstate 30, take the University Drive exit and stay right. At the stoplight, take a slight right onto University Drive and go south for approximately 1 mile to Colonial Parkway and turn left. Once you are on Colonial Parkway, follow the signs to the Zoo. (You might also consider the Hulen Street exit, and head south to Bellaire Drive. Turn left, heading east on Bellaire Drive - this street will become Berry Street - for approximately 2 miles. At the Berry Street/University Drive intersection, turn left and head north on University Drive.)
If you are on Interstate 35, exit Berry Street and head west about 2.5 miles to University. Turn right, heading north, on University for approximately 1 mile to Colonial Parkway and turn right. Once you are on Colonial Parkway, follow the signs to the Zoo.
Hop on the Safari Xpress
Riding the TEXRail into Fort Worth or don't want to deal with driving to the Zoo? Trinity Metro will be operating the Safari Xpress March 11-19 to help visitors travel to and from the Fort Worth Zoo. The Safari Xpress will operate between Fort Worth Central Station and the Fort Worth Zoo’s main parking lot entrance on Colonial Parkway. Learn more here.
Dining and snack locations
Whether you prefer to take a break and have a bite or grab a snack and stroll, the Zoo has multiple restaurants and snack locations throughout the park. Take a look at the offerings here.
Pack a picnic
Outside food and drinks are permitted, we just ask that you do not bring in glass, alcohol, or single-use straws and lids. During busy holiday hours, food lines may be longer than usual, so feel free to pack a picnic and spread out around the Zoo's various picnic locations.