The Exotic Resort Zoo

Why We Love This

  • Interact with exotic animals
  • Perfect weekend activity
  • Learn about unique wildlife

The Exotic Resort Zoo

Get ready to see super-exotic animals and previously endangered species that now enjoy their place in this natural preserve setting. Out on the range, interact with hordes of friendly animals that run up to greet you (that may lick or even 'kiss' you) as you hand-feed them to your heart's content. Don't forget to purchase a bucket at the office!

What You'll Do

Out on the range, interact with hordes of friendly animals that run up to greet you (that may lick or even 'kiss' you) as you hand-feed them to your heart's content. Don't forget to purchase a bucket at the office!

Insider Tips

Children under 2 are free! You'll want to purchase a bucket of feed for the best experience!

Meeting Location

235 Zoo Trail, Johnson City, Texas 78636

When To Arrive

Our normal business hours are 9 am - 5 pm, seven days a week. The last tour leaves NO LATER than 4 in the afternoon - so be here early to enjoy the petting zoo beforehand! We are only closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, and will sometimes close due to weather. Please call ahead if you think weather may be an issue.

Cancellations & Refunds

Vouchers are vaild for one year after the purchase date.

"Such a perfect day"

April 23, 2020 - 

I took my five your old, bought one large and one small bucket of food, and then listened to him laugh hysterically for a solid hour. The animals were VERY friendly and while sometimes we were a little freaked out, that's what made it fun. The camels and ostriches were right up in our business and we loved every second. Can't wait to go back and take the rest of my kids. Great way to spend a day in the hill country.

"Outstanding "

April 22, 2020 - 


"Great time for the whole family"

April 22, 2020 - 

We laughed so hard at the animals antics from blocking the roadway to get food to slobbering on us. We had a great time. The length of the tour was perfect. Only downside was the inability to wash hands after the tour due to covid19.

"Fantastic Experience!"

April 22, 2020 - 

Loved the up close encounters with the animals! Great check in process too!

"Amazing time!"

April 22, 2020 - 

There were so many laughs and smiles shared throughout this experience. I recommend this to anyone!

"Beautiful day, fun laughing at the animals.. great place to visit and take your mind off the problems around us"

April 22, 2020 - 

I can’t wait to go back and inner act with the animals!!

"Amazing Experience "

April 22, 2020 - 

We never would have though going to the Exotic Resort Zoo would be this fun!! So many friendly animals that come right up to your car for a snack! My two sons were thrilled with the experience.

"Had a great time with the kids!"

April 22, 2020 - 

I have nothing but the most amazing feeling about the park itself and the staff, it was all lovely! They did such a great job keeping everyone safe and organized. I do wish there was some kind of mindfulness of other cars driving through (while we're driving through on our own at this time) to not spend a ton of time stopped feeding animals when there is a very long line of cars hoping to enjoy the experience, too.

"Fun time"

April 21, 2020 - 

More deer than expected

"Loved it! "

April 21, 2020 - 

We had so much fun! I felt like a kid again! I forgot a out everything going on in the world and enjoyed myself! My daughter was a bit afraid of the animals but she loved it! I’d give 10 stars ⭐️ if I could! Can’t wait to come back!

"Awesome Experience!!!"

April 21, 2020 - 

We did the drive-thru this morning! Had the best time...the kids (ages 3, 4, 6, & 7) absolutely loved it!!! Lots of laughs & giggles! I think we liked this even better than the guided tours. Of course, now I need a good car cleaning...animal food everywhere, but sooooo worth it! Thanks for an awesome field trip!!!

"So much fun"

April 21, 2020 - 

We had a blast, the animals were friendly and so were the staff. We saw a pretty big snake there also.

"fun time"

April 21, 2020 - 

I guess you don't normally do the self drive thru. Very creative on your part to keep the good times rolling. Just my wife and I today. We look forward to coming back with a group, once life returns to 'normal' Be Safe. Terry

"Fun Experience!"

April 21, 2020 - 

We had a great time on our self guided tour! We were surprised at how friendly the animals were, so many came right up to us to eat from our hands. A few of the larger animals stuck their heads right in the car through the window!

"So much fun! "

April 21, 2020 - 

Wonderful experience for all ages! The animals were friendly and fun to feed, can’t wait to go back again!

"Great experience "

April 20, 2020 - 

Great experience

"Great way to spend a couple hours"

April 20, 2020 - 

FYI Covid timing Drive through. The wait to check in and get food was about 30 minutes and staff was moving as fast as they could. When we left, the line had to have been close to 1.5 hours long and a mile down the highway just to get in!! The animals were so fun and we loved interacting with them from our car. There were plenty of opportunities to feed the animals. The only irritation was that there was no control over how fast the cars were moving through and the car in front of us was spending allot of time feeding each and every animal in the park. There was no way for us to pass him and the cars behind us started honking. That didn’t make for a very pleasant trip for us. If they could figure out how to monitor this better, they would be able to get people in and out and give each person a better opportunity to interact with the animals instead of the car in front of them. Overall, it was a good time.

"Kids loved it"

April 20, 2020 - 

This was worth every penny. We went on Monday around 10am and had 4 buckets, it was perfect. It was exciting to feed the animals interact with them. Kids wanted to stop at the gift shop and were sad to remember that social distancing and Covid-19 are still happening. Thanks for a great escape, even if it was just for a bit.

"Kids loved it! Wanted to go back next day!"

April 19, 2020 - 

We all had fun driving thru in own car, kids want to stay in the cabins and go back all the times. Def worth the drive!

"Amazing! "

April 19, 2020 - 

We had so much fun! My 4 year old son thought it was so cool, he was sad when it was over. All of the animals were friendly and the weather was perfect!


April 18, 2020 - 

What an amazing experience for my family. The Zoo did an amazing job making sure everyone was safe and the animals are so well cared for. I am grateful the zoo remained open during this time so our family could go out and safely enjoy something during this lockdown. My only personal criticism is seeing an employee smoking in a company open jeep while out with the animals. Otherwise we had an amazing time and feel so happy knowing we are just 45 minutes away from such a wonderful place. We will be back for sure!

"Perfect local getaway during these times..."

April 17, 2020 - 

We have 5 and 7 year old boys and had the best experience at Exotic Resort Zoo. The animals were up close and personal and gave us all a fun morning, out of the house, but still safe with social distancing. I do recommend bringing handi wipes as your hands get pretty gooped up. It's important to support the local businesses so that once we get through this, we have these amazing places to visit.


April 15, 2020 - 

Even though we couldn’t enjoy the Full extent of the zoo due COVID-19, the Drive through Safari was fun.


April 15, 2020 - 

We loved everything. Loved being able to go at our own pace.

"An amazing experience "

April 13, 2020 - 

We were amazed at the variety of animals. There are lots of different types of dear, but also camels, zebras, emu, kangaroo.... the list goes in. Spring is fun because of all of the new babies. Feeding the animals was a blast! Get a large bucket, they are hungry!!!


April 13, 2020 - 

What an awesome way to get out and do something with the family! We have been cooped up for weeks with the Coronavirus scare, so this was a great social distancing outing with our kids :)


April 13, 2020 - 

Can't wait to come back post-Corona virus and have the full experience!

"A great outdoor experience"

April 13, 2020 - 

I visited while everything was shut down for the quarantine, so I was only able to do the driving tour, but it was an excellent hands-on outdoor experience. Perfect for children and young adults. Animals are engaging and curious and come right up to the car to be fed. Well maintained facility with a wide variety of hooved wildlife.

"Great experience "

April 12, 2020 - 

We loved the zoo. We had a blast. We will go back.

"Great place!"

April 12, 2020 - 

Would recommend!


April 12, 2020 - 

We’ve been here twice and both occasions were awesome!!!

"We had such a good time!"

April 11, 2020 - 

Loved going in our own car, we had a really good time!

"The staff was nice and got us through the line fast. "

April 11, 2020 - 

My daughter and I really enjoyed our visit today at the zoo

"Great place!"

April 11, 2020 - 

We love the zoo and the thousands of beautiful animals. It’s a fantastic organization!

"Great Time!"

April 10, 2020 - 

This was a very cool experience! We did the "Drive Through" experience and it was totally worth it and so interactive. Highly recommend

"Wonderful day!"

April 10, 2020 - 

Thank you for being open and allowing people to drive through to be able to feed the animals. Although it was super crowded, we had one of the best days ever! We are looking forward to coming back soon.

"Amazing! "

April 9, 2020 - 

We had a blast!!!!

"Safe fun during the pandemic! "

April 7, 2020 - 

We went in the cold rain and it was still so fun! The animals are very interactive, it was a beautiful drive and we felt it was safe social distancing!


April 6, 2020 - 

Making the best of social distancing with a drive thru experience. It was more personal than being on a trailer ride with lots of other people. Animals were sticking their heads inside the vehicle and getting very up close and personal. This made for great pictures of the kids some in awe and some panicking. Be ready for a little drool but a lot of fun!

"Awesome "

March 25, 2020 - 

Loved it ! Animals were amazing

"Wonderful "

March 10, 2020 - 

Me and my grandson had a great times. We loved it!! We had a picnic and it was a wonderful time.

"Absolutely incredible experience!"

January 19, 2020 - 

So many new animals, and exciting up close and personal experiences (us in a caged trailer) with some of the most beautiful animals. All of the animals were friendly and looking for some food and love. Go in the AM when they open. Private felt tour with an incredible guide. Family owned property that should be protected for generations of people (and animals to enjoy). Thank you so much for the beautiful experience. Please support this amazing cause.

"More fun than a barrel of monkeys!"

December 21, 2019 - 

We came on a cold, overcast and misty day, yet it was a thrill a minute as we toured the park with our granddaughters. Don't miss having your camera ready for the kissing camel and its intended target!


October 14, 2019 - 

This was one of the best days ever! I had my daughter and 4 grandkids with me and we all 6 absolutely loved the entire day. Feeding camels and zebras - petting baby goats - what could be better! And Hailey was a great tour guide. This is one thing you just should not miss!

"Great experience for kids"

October 6, 2019 - 

We had a great time with our 3 year old for his birthday!

"So much fun!!!!"

August 10, 2019 - 

Excellent tour! Lots of animals! Great tour guide!

"Great experience"

July 31, 2019 - 

It was fun for the whole family. We had a great time. I would recommend it to friends.


July 23, 2019 - 

It was an awesome first time experience @ the Exotic Resort Zoo!! Would recommend to anyone for some family fun

"Husband’s first experience "

July 14, 2019 - 

We had a wonderful time. My husband has never experienced anything like this. As for me I will say better than anywhere else I’ve visited. Can’t wait to stay in the cabins!!!

"Awesome "

July 5, 2019 - 

Family loved the experience. Staff was awesome!

"Wonderful day making wonderful memories."

June 8, 2019 - 


"Grand kids enjoyed."

June 3, 2019 - 

Very pleasant and close contact with the.animals


June 3, 2019 - 

Was awesome the people were very knowledgeable and a wildlife was awesome

"Exactly what I was expecting. "

May 27, 2019 - 

Very Family oriented. Driver was very informative.

"Very enjoyable "

May 26, 2019 - 

I enjoyed it but mostly I enjoyed watching my wife & our 1yr old daughter enjoy themselves

"Great for the whole family "

May 26, 2019 - 

We have been there a couple of times and will continue going. The animals are great and they have a variety of them to see. The employees are always very polite and help you to have the best experience. I would recommend it to anyone.

"Fantastic good time"

May 13, 2019 - 

Sure could have used a giraffe. But i have not seen all my child's worries run away as fast as they did when she was feeding those animals... and my child is 23 yrs old. thank you for making such a memorable and smile filled Mother's Day for us!


April 29, 2019 - 

The Safari was fun for my 3 kids. The petting zoo part was a little dissapointing. Overall the experience was good.


April 21, 2019 - 

It was a ton of fun and the animals were incredibly friendly. Our three year old had a blast.

"Great Grandson Visit "

April 14, 2019 - 

Interesting afternoon, however, could not hear guide over sound of tractor. Others remarked the same. Thought there would have been more variety.

"great place"

April 7, 2019 - 

A wonderful place to take kids. Loved it. Great staff and facilities.

"We had a great time ! Triplet one day old baby goats! When the 15 year old male kept oooing and awing you know it's a good experience !"

March 31, 2019 - 

Very well run! Animals looked very good so you knew they were healthy. Tour was just the right length, didn't run out of food until the very end.. Thanks again for such a nice time ! Would love to go back and stay in one of the cabins.

"Fun Time"

March 30, 2019 - 

The staff did a nice job of making us feel that they cared about us having an enjoyable time. It was fun to get up close to the animals. And, the baby goats were such fun!

"Excellent adventure "

March 19, 2019 - 

This was a memorable experience for my 5 year old and 2 year old. To be honest my husband and I had a great time too. We will definitely be back.


March 19, 2019 - 

Well maintained area for animals, friendly staff, great family atmosphere. Fun tour with hands on feeding. Bathrooms and hand washing areas very clean. Close to Austin!!

" . "

March 14, 2019 - 


"Fun experience at The Exotic Resort Zoo"

March 11, 2019 - 

What an awesome experience to be able to feed, pet, & interact with all the animals in the zoo. Tour was the perfect length...not at all rushed and had lots of information about each animal in the park. Would love to visit again!!


February 21, 2019 - 


"It was great!"

February 3, 2019 - 

We went here for my birthday (I'm 49) and I had the best time feeding the goats in the petting zoo and feeding the animals on the tour. We will definitely being going back with the kids and grandkids!!

"The kids had a blast"

December 27, 2018 - 

It was really nice. Everyone we’re super nice and helpful - and the place seem really clean and organized.

"2nd visit, and still as great as the first one!"

November 24, 2018 - 


"Wonderful Experience "

October 8, 2018 - 

My boyfriend and I enjoyed of the wonderful experience offered at the zoo and safari. We loved feeding the animals, specially the goats and camel!

"A really fun experience!"

October 6, 2018 - 

This was an excellent little adventure for the family and grandson.

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