dallas zoo giraffe with zebra behind Dallas Zoo $1 Day Means A Wild Trip For Thousands

Giraffes and zebras at the Dallas Zoo. (credit: Dallas Zoological Society/Cathy Burkey)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Today is a special day of the year for North Texas kids — Dollar Day at the Dallas Zoo! For many today is the one day that the entire family can afford to go to the zoo.

The cost to see the lions, tigers and bears is, you guessed it, a buck a person. And Dallas Zoo spokesperson Susan Eckert says there are other deals to be had too.

“[It’s] $1 admission and they can bring a picnic lunch, but we will also have dollar deals on hot dogs and chips and canned drinks and some treats around the zoo,” she said.

Last year during the same event so many people showed up that parking lots were full by 11 a.m. “We’ve had as many as 34,000, but I think that the number will be smaller this year and once they get into the zoo it’s 106 acres, so it doesn’t feel as crowded,” said Eckert.

Before lunch thousands were already out taking advantage of Dollar Day. To help with possible congestion Dallas Area Rapid transit (DART) is adding extra trains on the Red Line.

“If there’s not a (DART) Park & Ride close to your house, Reunion Parking Lot E is going to be set up for a lot of zoo parking,” said Eckert.

The triple-digit temperatures may keep some people away but Eckert says the Dallas Zoo has made provisions to help keep everyone cool.

“We have misters throughout the zoo. We have water fountains around, a lot of places for people to get drinks and if they sprinkle their day between some of the indoor exhibits and the misters I think we kinda have a plan.”

To battle the heat zoo visitors can even bring their own drinks inside, as long as it’s not in a glass container and doesn’t contain alcohol.

Those not taking the DART Red Line, who are lucky enough to find a space, will have to pay a $7 per car parking fee.