The Texas Zoo brings guests up close to animals such as ocelots, coati, alligators, and owls. Visitors can wander the zoo path in search of their favorite big cats or the monkey enclosure, or attend one of the zoo’s many feeding and training programs to see otters, lions, and gators in action. In addition to self-guided tours, the zoo runs educational summer camps including the reptile weekend, conservation rangers, and Drawn to Animals art camp.
More than 500 exotic animals prowl, scamper, and crawl through their expansively recreated habitats at Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo. One of the rarest and most beautiful of all the animals is on display in the Ghosts of the Jungle presentation. There, two white lion cubs, some of a very small number in the world tumble and play. They're not albinos, but uniquely pigmented animals first seen in the Timbavati region in 1938, and they have beautifully colored eyes that flit intelligently around their space.
There's plenty else to see there, as well. Guests quake with curiosity as they watch the alligator and crocodile ponds. Patrons can interact with cuddlier critters at the petting zoo, where dozens of fluffy goats, alpacas, and llamas gather to tie-dye their coats. Elsewhere, cackles of hyenas reverberate throughout the grounds, spurring a pack of wolves to emit a more introspective sound by baying at the moon. Wizened tortoises bask in a field of lettuce and racing trophies as a duo of ring-tailed lemurs relax in their environment.
Jaws snap and claws scratch at Crocodile Encounter. Families, school groups, and aspiring zookeepers can enjoy the city's largest reptile show or explore its animalian encampment, meeting massive Aldabra tortoises, alligators from Texas, and Siamese crocodiles, along with pigs, capybara, and eland. To finish off this adventure, guests can pet a live alligator and feel its bumpy skin or watch as it devours a meal.
Dewberry Farm opens its gates to let the public browse its vast land in search of fall- and farm-themed attractions. The centerpiece of the farm fun is the four-acre corn maze, which challenges guests to navigate three miles of path before reaching freedom. The entrance of the walking-puzzle is manned by the Corn-cierge, who will provide game sheets to solve brainteasers peppered throughout the maze and tridents for defense against people left behind from last year's maze. Celebrate survival at the farm's 16-acre pumpkin patch, where both carving and cooking pumpkins can be purchased ($0.50 per pound, $1 minimum per pumpkin). For an additional $3, jack-o-lantern aficionados can take a stroll through Punkin' Hollar, featuring more than 500 lighted carved pumpkins in a nature setting with trees, animals, and night sounds.