The Ft. Worth Zoo is the oldest zoo in Texas, opening in 1909 with less than 10 animals. Since then, it has grown into a nationally-ranking zoo with over 7,000 native and exotic animals. Currently, the Ft. Worth Zoo has 12 permanent exhibit areas (The World of Primates, Meerkat Mounds and Texas Wild! being some of our favorites).
The Museum of Living Art (MOLA) opened in 2010 and was a fantastic exhibit for my 9 year old boy (my 10 year old daughter liked it too, but don’t let her know I told ya). The MOLA houses more than 100 amphibian and reptile species, including North America’s largest saltwater crocodile, a 15.5 foot Burmese python, and a Komodo Dragon.
The MOLA has art everywhere – from hand-painted murals, to gorgeous animals, that are pieces of art in themselves.
Did you know that Texas is home to more species of animals than any other state in the nation? And the Texas Wild! exhibit houses most of these, providing visitors a glimpse into every area of Texas – the dusty desert of West Texas to the piney woods and swamps of East Texas. You can see the WHOLE state in one exhibit – foliage and animals included.
The zoo is a fantastic place to spend an entire day – it boasts fun attractions for all ages too. The Texas Wild! Petting Corral, the Tasmanian Tower rock climbing wall, and the Texas Rose Express Train are a few fun activities to try.
While you are in the Fort Worth Area, here are more fun things to try: