Our Deep East Texas adventure took us to the Ellen Trout Zoo in Lufkin. For a mere 7$ per person, we were treated to a pleasant walk through some of the most beautiful animals our world has to offer. For the most part, the zoo is arranged in “continents” so that you have immediate context as to the region these creatures have in common in the wild. Many of the enclosures have a big, glass window so you have a nearly-unobstructed view of the residents within.
The zoo is heavily treed so there’s plenty of shade and there’s even a “stop spot” every few exhibits with tables, seating and, in some cases, ceiling fans to help young families (and older folks!) take a load off.
Admission for four adults was $28 total, or $7.00 a person. Rates are cheaper for kids 2-11 and seniors over 60.
Unaffiliated with the zoo, but located across the street, is the Z&OO Railroad operated by the Lufkin chapter of the Lions Club International. It’s a miniature excursion train very similar to the Forest Park train that has been in operation at the Fort Worth Zoo for many years. We didn’t ride the train but the engine livery was beautiful and plenty of smiling faces, young and old, were enjoying the shiney locomotive.
Inexpensive and fun for the entire family, check out the sites and sounds of the Ellen Trout Zoo!
Ellen Trout Zoo
402 Zoo Circle
Lufkin, TX 75904