A zoo where the animals come to you, Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch in San Antonio is a drive-thru animal park where you can feed the animals, and walk around parts of the park to see the giraffes, primates and other animals. Check out my Mommy Tips before you go!
Natural Bridge is a huge park, at over 450 acres and more than 500 animals, made up of 45 different species! The drive can take you from an hour to 2 hours, depending on how much you enjoy stopping and watching the animals! I love to just stop and watch them interact with each other and act like animals, instead of the unnatural behavior of coming to the car, but my kids love to feed them, of course, so we compromise and our visits take a while! Of course, you can always drive more than once through the park on the same day, but you can’t leave and then come back.
Know Before You Go
Arrive early, when it’s cooler and the animals are hungry. They seek shade later in the day and aren’t as likely to come to your car for food.
If like me, you like to stop alot, stay to the right. Everyone does the drive at their own pace (as long as it’s under the posted speed limit). Faster drivers can pass on the left.
Go to the restroom before you start your self-guided tour.
Pack water/drinks and snacks for yourself, but please only feed the animals the food you can purchase for them there.
Dogs or other animals are not allowed to ride with you.
The Safari Grill is a nice break before a second drive through or the Walk-About area.
Discount Coupons are available at the San Antonio Visitors Alliance, however they aren’t able to be used during Summer weekends.
Last, but definitely not least, be sure to have plenty of gas before arriving to the park.
My daughter, who interned in Kenya and spent many days on safaris, enjoys that there aren’t lions coming up to the car, or monkeys who steal her food.
I love the zebras!
The baby animals are the best!
Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Road, San Antonio
Click HERE to visit their website.
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