Go on a wild adventure with these 5 Drive-Thru Safaris In Texas

Looking for a “wild” adventure the whole family can enjoy while keeping social distance and staying cool this summer? These five drive-thru wildlife safaris feature some of the most exotic animals in the world, right here in the Lone Star State. Animals peer into your vehicle while you feed or pet them. Special hours and precautions may be in place, so check the websites or Facebook pages before visiting. You might have to purchase tickets in advance online, as well.

The Exotic Resort Zoo (Johnson City) Home to over 600 animals from all over the world, Exotic Resort Zoo is a hidden Hill Country gem. From kangaroos to ostriches to camels and everything in-between, these four-legged friends welcome visitors with a smile on their face. More information

Franklin Drive-Thru Safari (Franklin)

Measuring in at 100+ acres, Franklin Drive-Thru Safari is an exotic animal adventure park that deserves a spot on the bucket list of every Texan. Not only will you get to meet adorable critters, but the park also offers an island full of lemurs, aviary, baby animal room, and encounters with sloths and dingos. More information 

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch (New Braunfels)

In true Texas-sized fashion, Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch is 450 acres of up-close animal encounters — sometimes even closer than real African safaris provide! Marvel at 30+ species as you traverse more than six miles of lush, beautiful New Braunfels landscape. More information

Cherokee Chase Drive-thru Safari

With 700 animals, 35 species, and 300 acres, go ahead and make friends with the bison, alpacas, zebras, capybaras and more. Cherokee Trace even has six alligators, which live in their own fenced-off enclosure which you can feed if you’re daring enough. More information


Fossil Rim Wildlife Center (Glen Rose)

Most likely the largest and most comprehensive wildlife ranch in Texas, Fossil Rim features over 1,000 animals across 50 species. The center has a core mission of conserving endangered species, a category about one-third of the animals belong to. The 9.5-mile, self-guided driving tour is an experience you’ll never forget. More information



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