Where to See Animals in Austin

Tired of looking at people? 

Take in the sight of some amazing animals. Today, zoos aim to help teach visitors the importance of animal conservation by experiencing them firsthand. And let’s not forget how fun it is to play and interact with furry friends. From peacocks to pandas, get up close and personal with all sorts of animals when visiting these Austin destinations. 

By: Rebecca West

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Austin Zoo 

10808 Rawhide Trail

This private, non-profit zoo houses over 350 animals and also serves as a rescue and rehabilitation facility. Kids will love the close-up experience and educational takeaways from their animal encounters. Book the Primate Pavilion or Peacock Barn for your next event and enjoy a picnic-perfect for all ages.

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Rose and Grace Mini Farm

13625 FM2769

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 dress up fluffy friends, feed animals at the petting zoo, visit the mini-menagerie and play at the playground and picnic area in between. Two hundred bucks for two hours a fun. What a steal!

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Austin Aquarium

13530 U.S. 183 #101

This 35 exhibit aquarium boasts an impressive variety of both fish and four-legged friends. Check out the rainforest exhibit for exotic reptiles and amphibians or swing through the stingray touch tank for a hands-on experience. And on select days, see mermaids! No, not real ones, obviously - read about Austin Aquarium's Mermaids & Creatures events here.

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Austin Nature & Science Center

2389 Stratford Dr

Located on the western edge of Zilker Park, this animal house offers indoor and outdoor exhibits and provides environmental science education programs to schools and the community. Austin Nature & Science Center's permanent exhibits, Birds of Prey, Small Wonders, and Mammal Enclosure are open and free to the public during regular visitor hours. Plan your next visit today!

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Austin Animal Center

7201 Levander Loop

The Austin Animal Center is an open-intake facility where lost and surrendered animals in need of shelter are accepted regardless of age, health, species or breed. Operating as the largest No Kill municipal animal shelter in the US, AAC provides protection services to over 18,000 animals a year making it a must-see for kids and adults alike. The goal here is to place all adoptable animals in forever homes. Adopt a companion and contribute to the mission, and don’t forget to spread the word! Find more info about Austin Animal Center here

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Capital of Texas Zoo

376 Jenkins Road

Privately-owned wildlife park just twenty minutes east of downtown boasting over 500 rare and beautiful wild animals. The small unique experience is a standout among the city’s parks, offering improved habitats and intimate peeks at exotic creatures. From lemurs to tigers to birds of prey, Capital of Texas Zoo was designed with true animal lovers in mind.


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