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Where to See Animals in Austin | Best Places To See Animals in Austin


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Austin is known for being devoted to taking care of animals, and it’s no wonder that Austinites promote the importance of animal conservation in many different forms. Zoos, animal sanctuaries, petting zoos, and animal farms want to give children and adults a great teaching experience by helping one learn empathy and understanding the greatness of the world around us, especially experiencing them firsthand. From peacocks to pandas, get up close and personal with all sorts of animals when visiting these Austin animal destinations!

Best Places To See Animals in Austin:

Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo

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5640 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78132

It is Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo’s mission to protect biodiversity, promote animal welfare, encourage sustainable living practices, and empower communities to care about the world in which we inhabit. Their vision is to become a leader in the use of education and conservation to help create a diverse, thriving, and the sustainable natural world. You can also get up close and personal with some of your favorite Zoo residents! Just sign up for an animal encounter for an experience of a lifetime!

Austin Animal Center

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5640 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78132

Austin Animal Center provides shelter to more than 16,000 animals annually plus animal protection and pet resource services to Austin and Travis County. They accept stray and owned animals regardless of age, health, species, or breed. Their goal is to place all adoptable animals in forever homes through adoption, foster care, or rescue partner groups. Animal Services has numerous programs and partnerships designed to help pets in the shelter, in the community, and your home. You can contribute to their mission by fostering, adopting, or volunteering!

Austin Nature and Science Center

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2389 Stratford Dr, Austin, TX 78746

Established in 1960, the Austin Nature & Science Center’s mission is to provide hands-on educational exhibits and recreational activities that increase awareness and appreciation of the natural environment. Centrally located on the western edge of Zilker Park in the Zilker Nature Preserve, the ANSC offers indoor and outdoor exhibits and provides environmental science education programs to schools and the community in and around Austin. The site hosts homeschool groups, family events, environmentally focused camps, and adventure programs!

Austin Aquarium

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13530 US-183 #101, Austin, TX 78750

Come experience thousands of species and interactive exhibits! Austin Aquarium has been the premier family entertainment center in the Austin Area since 2014. They love providing once in a lifetime experiences that include everything from sharks to Kangaroos! Their featured exhibits include a wide variety of amphibians, lorikeets, a parakeet aviary, and a range of cold water and tropical fish including sharks and stingrays. Austin Aquarium is also pleased to bring you their rain forest vivarium where hundreds of reptiles, Ring-Tailed lemurs, and Coatimundis call home!

Austin Zoo

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10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin, TX 78736

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. They have over 300 animals, representing more than 100 different species. Their 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.

Capital of Texas Zoo

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376 Jenkins Road, Cedar Creek, TX 78612-3063

The Capital of Texas Zoo is one of Greater Austin’s and Bastrop’s most exciting adventures! Just 20 minutes east of downtown Austin, The Capital of Texas Zoo is home to over 500 rare and beautiful wild animals. The Capital of Texas Zoo is the largest and fastest going zoo in Central Texas. They have over 400 family members who buy a yearly family membership so that they can visit numerous times throughout the year! Their zoo is small compared to places like San Antonio or Houston, but they are a pretty, intimate little place with happy and healthy animals. They also have breeding programs for fourteen endangered species. Give them a chance, and they predict you will love them too!

Mayfield Park and Preserve

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3505 W 35th St, Austin, TX 78703

Mayfield Park/Community Project, sponsored by Friends of the Parks of Austin, a non-profit corporation, is restoring Mayfield Cottage and Gardens to the height of its development in the era of the 1920s-1950s. While you won’t see a wide variety of animals at Mayfield Park, you will see some impressive peacocks showing off their beautiful feathers. The peacocks freely roam the grounds of this beautiful location, and they are a sight to see! You might also find frogs and turtles in the ponds, too!

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

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26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd, San Antonio, TX 78266

Ostrich feathers, zebra ears, and buffalo noses so close, you could touch them. That’s Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch; one of Texas’ most recognized family entertainment attractions! Meander through 450 acres of rolling hills, creek beds, and magnificent live oak trees, and witness the behavior of over 500 animals from 40 exotic, native and endangered animal species worldwide. Get your safari hat, and join Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch for an adventure of a lifetime! African Safari, Texas-Style!

Pioneer Farms

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10621 Pioneer Farms Dr, Austin, TX 78754

There are six themed historic areas open for exploring and walking tours at Pioneer Farms! In each area, you can step back in time and experience Texas history first-hand. Explore more than 90 beautiful, wooded acres and discover exciting, memorable ways to live Texas’ colorful past with your family. Don’t miss the Scarborough Barn, where you can get up close with your favorite farm animal friends! Numbers of volunteer interpreters in costume at the historic sites vary from day to day, depending on schedules.

Rose and Grace Mini Farm

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13625 FM 2769, Austin, TX 78726

Renowned among animal lovers for its bunny barn parties, Rose and Grace Mini Farm is the ideal spot to host your next birthday. The children will have the opportunity to pick from a hat to see which horse they will be painting for the day, meet their horses, paint their horse canvases, eat cake, ice cream, open presents, play in a party area and hand-jump their two ponies over a few small jumps in their gorgeous grass arena!

Tiny Tails To You Traveling Petting Zoo

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No address, the animals come to you!

Tiny Tails’ mission is to educate, promote environmental stewardship, and give back to their community. They are committed to providing lasting memories, fostering a respect for nature and the environment, and enriching the lives of our animals. As people spend more and more time interacting with screens and technology, they get less time being out in nature and with animals. Often their customers (and their children) describe how meaningful and special their experience was. A connection with an animal provides a more personal understanding of nature, the larger ecosystem, and the importance of protecting our environment!

Yard Bar

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700 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757

If you want to enjoy your pets in an adult setting with good food and drinks, then Yard Bar is the perfect place! Welcome to the off-leash dog park at Yard Bar. They are delighted to provide a place for the community to come together and enjoy a cold drink under a shady tree in the company of great friends, new and old, two-legged, and four-legged. For the safety of the children, their dog park is 21 and up ONLY. Please be sure to check their park rules before coming to the restaurant!

Map of Best Places To See Animals in Austin

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