Capital of Texas Zoo

376A Jenkins Road
Cedar Creek, TX 78612

(512) 303-6675


The Capital of Texas Zoo is one of Greater Austin's most exciting animal adventures.

Place Information

  • Place Category


  • Place Cost Under $10
    Teen and Adult (12 and up) $8.49, Children (Ages 2 to 11) $6.99, Under 2 Free
  • Place Hours
    Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Monday 10:00am - 4:00pm
    Tuesday 10:00am - 4:00pm
    Wednesday 10:00am - 4:00pm
    Thursday 10:00am - 4:00pm
    Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm
    Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm

Word on the Street

You may have visited the Austin Zoo, but you may not realize there is another zoo in our area: the Capital of Texas zoo. The Capital of Texas Zoo is off the beaten path and not far from the Dinosaur Park in Cedar Creek (to get there, you head east on Highway 71 past the airport). On a weekday, you may have the place to yourselves!According to the Zoo's website, "The Capital of Texas and Zoo is dedicated to increasing the understanding and appreciation of the value, beauty, and mysteries of our planet's wildlife through education, recreation, and exhibition. We are also proud to be an integral zoological member with other zoos throughout the world for the important mission of conservation through responsible and selective captive breeding and exchange so many of the species that are threatened in the wild will have safe homes in the future."When you pull up, you notice a sign asking you to honk and then head towards the entrance. You pay as you enter the Zoo (cash and checks only accepted), and you have the option of getting a cup of food to feed the animals in the petting area. The zookeeper can explain the layout of the exhibits, as there are no maps (not to worry -- it's not large enough to get lost!) There is a surprising array of animals, from guinea pigs to a camel to wallabies to lemurs. Some of the signs are better than others, but most exhibits provide the children with a good up close glimpse of the animals. In the center of the property is a snack area where you can purchase from a limited food and drink menu and picnic tables (although not shaded if you are heading there during the summer). There are also restrooms closeby.You can use your cup of food to feed goats which live in a large pen on one side of the property. It's not a petting zoo in the sense that you can enter the enclosure, but you can certainly pet the animals through the fence as you are feeding them. The paths might not be the easiest to navigate with a stroller, but your preschooler should be able to travel through most of the Zoo on foot. Most of the paths are shaded.In 2010, the Zoo plans to build new enclosures for monkeys and a prairie dog town. You can also have birthday parties at the Zoo or arrange for the animals to visit a home, school or another event. As a nonprofit, memberships are available, the donations are accepted.

Capital of Texas Zoo: From the Parents


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