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Ellen Trout Zoo

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Summer Fun

Ellen Trout Zoo is fun for the entire family. Remember to wear your walking shoes though. With a... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2017
Lufkin, Texas
Impressive Little Zoo

For the size and price, this place can't be beat! I paid $21 to take a family of five in, and the... read more

Reviewed 26 February 2017
Lufkin, Texas
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“train ride”(35 reviews)
“run free”(3 reviews)
“free roaming”(3 reviews)
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402 Zoo Cir, Lufkin, TX 75904-1345
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 7 April 2011

I have 3 children, all under 8, and they really enjoyed this zoo. I think small zoos work well for smaller children because it is not as much walking as say the Fort Worth Zoo. We try to go every couple of weeks. They have...More

8  Thank SusanGomas
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 23 October 2010

The road around the zoo was closed because it is under construction. We had to park at the Rodeo Parking Area and walk about 800 feet (partially in sand) to get to the entrance of the zoo. There is no way anyone handicapped could have...More

6  Thank 1like2travel
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Ellen Trout Zoo is fun for the entire family. Remember to wear your walking shoes though. With a couple parks located on the outside, a train that will ride you around the whole zoo, and newly built walk/bike path that crosses the lake, be ready...More

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Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

For the size and price, this place can't be beat! I paid $21 to take a family of five in, and the kids loved it! Not too big to get tired or the kids to get bored, and not too small to seem a waste...More

Thank infrequenttravell827
Reviewed 13 February 2017

The lake in front of the zoo is a lot nicer since there is now a walkway around the lake.A great place to exercise.The fishing is good also.Bass,catfish,crappie,perch.I did not go in the zoo on this visit.There is also a train ride that kids will...More

Thank htsmcrider
Reviewed 13 February 2017

The Ellen Trout Zoo is a rare find for animal lovers and a must for people passing through East Texas. I put this zoo up against the ones in Dallas and Houston. You can easily walk through the zoo in a little over an hour...More

Thank Matt214
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

It's a bit small, but as a family we love to stroll around and look at all the animals. It's not an all day kinda trip with teens for kids, but it keeps us busy for a couple of hours.

Thank Beekeepers_Wife99
Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

We went to the zoo today and really enjoyed it. The atmosphere is peaceful and beautiful. Large animals and small. We saw several interesting and birds i had never seen at other zoos. Great for kids and we road the train too! Great time.

Thank BMTTexas
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

We went in November with the grandkids and purchased the grand parents pass. It can be used at other zoos too. We went back this week and feel in love with this zoo all over again! I took a video if the Hippo. He swam...More

Thank JeffandDeeM
Reviewed 7 December 2016

Went to the Ellen Trout Zoo with family (including 2 year old grandson) after Thanksgiving. It had been years since we visited the place when my son was small. I was surprised at how many animals were present in a small town. There is a...More

Thank Buck W
Reviewed 29 November 2016

This is a remarkable destination and includes fun for the entire family....join in for a ride on the train or just a ZOO tastic experience.

Thank Demetress H
Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Wonderful place to go with groups, families, children...old and young alike. Not too small yet not too big! Great for a fun day outing! Summertime is a bit too hot for visitors and the animals. Spring, Fall or Winter is the best time to go....More

1  Thank irvinjk
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Kerry W
20 July 2018|
Response from wmcbryde21 | Reviewed this property |
$7 per adult
Ruby K
31 March 2018|
Response from Texasdishman | Reviewed this property |
I am not real sure, I never noticed any. but I wasn't paying any attention. I would say NO. because of the other animals there..
Laura T
15 March 2018|
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Response from Cates622 | Reviewed this property |
There was a small snack bar but no meals.