Dallas Zoo Is Offering “Cheap Thrills” In January And February As Well As Dollar Day On Monday

Dallas Zoo is offering a double-doozy during the month. Thanks to its annual Penguin Days, the price of admission is $7 through the end of February. KDFW-FOX4’s Lauren Przybl admitted that it was a great time to see the residents, since the place wasn’t overly crowded with two-legged critters.

Yes, in the past Penguin Days has gone for $5, but shoot! They’ve added babies and hippos, so no wonder there’s been a slight increase. It’s still a lot cheaper that the usual $12-$15 admission price.

Dallas Zoo Penguin Days hosts (File photo)

Sean Greene (File photo)

And speaking of cheap, the second special offer is the Zoo’s semi-annual Dollar Day that takes place Monday, January 8. Dallas Zoo Guest Experience VP Sean Greene revealed the buck-eroo special on Wednesday, but the Zoo’s website hasn’t quite kept up with Sean and is just now trying to get the word out today.

In addition to the dollar entry fee, there are other cheap thrills like

  • $1 selected snack items ($1 hot dogs, chips, soda, water will be available at the Wilds of Africa Grill near the monorail)
  • $1 seed stick to feed birds in Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo
  • $2 Endangered Species Carousel
  • $2 T-Rex Express Mini-train
  • $5 Wilds of Africa Adventure Safari monorail
  • $5 giraffe feedings
  • $10 parking (limited)

The good news is that the Dallas Independent School District kiddos don’t go back to school until Tuesday. By now, they’re probably suffering from cabin fever and this is a great way to overcome the “fever.” The even better news is that weather guessers are predicting the temperatures will be hitting a “toasty 50 degrees” with sunny skies.

Since parking is limited, take DART. It will drop you off practically at the front door.

Put On The Sunscreen And Take Advantage Of Dallas Zoo’s Penguin Days Special Deal

Dallas Zoo Penguin Days hosts (File photo)

The roller coaster of temperatures has resulted in cottons and shorts doing overtime. Just imagine — the end of December in the 60s and 70s!

But what luck! With the kids out of school, the malls jammed, the thank you notes written (well, almost) and running out of things to do, the Dallas Zoo’s Penguin Days special is just made for these balmy times.

Instead of the usual two-figure entry fee ($15 for adults and $12 for youngsters), it’s a mere $7 for both adults and kiddos over the age of two.

And why not avoid all traffic by taking DART’s Red Line to the Dallas Zoo Station. 

JUST IN: 2nd Annual Penguin Days Starts Three-Month Run Thursday

While some folks may not cotton to the upcoming drop in temperatures, there are Dallas Zoo residents that are thrilled. Okay, so maybe the reptiles don’t really care. They’re staying comfy in their heated digs in the Herpetarium. But Dallas Zoo’s Lydia Jennings just sent word that the African Penguins are beside themselves.

Penguins (File photo)

Dallas Zoo Penguins (File photo)

And as part of the wintry feel, the humans at the zoo have announced that starting tomorrow (aka Thursday, December 1) the second annual Penguin Days will commence.

What’s Penguin Days? No, it doesn’t mean that the staff dresses up in tuxedos and waddles around. Rather, it translates to bargains for Dallas Zoo guests. Until Tuesday, February 28, the price of admission will be dropped to $7 per person (kiddos age 2 and Dallas Zoo members will still be free).

Open daily except for Christmas Day, the 106-acre zoo’s hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Have the Dallas Zoo Penguins Got A Deal For The Thrifty-Minded Critter Watchers

Evidently El Nino is playing rollercoaster with temperatures and rain. Pity the poor Dallas Zoo penguins. One day they’re happy as can be with the chill and wet stuff. The next day they’re slathering on sunscreen.

Jazz the African Penguin*

Jazz the African Penguin*

But don’t feel too sorry for them because the Dallas Zoo has kicked off its Penguin Days special in honor of the formal-feathered birds. Until 4 p.m. on Leap Day … yup, there will be a February 29 in 2016… admission is a mere $5 per person.

Now, that’s a big deal bargain. It’s way more than 50% off for kids and seniors (normally $12). As for adults, it’s only an itty-bitty one-third of the normal admission ($15).

Sure, the parking is still $8, but the penguins can only do so much. Who knows? This might be the perfect opportunity to try out the DART Red Line. It takes you straight to the Dallas Zoo Station.

* Photo courtesy of the Dallas Zoo