5 Drive-Thru Safaris in Central Texas Worth the Drive-To!

We have rounded up the best drive-thru safaris in Central Texas that you and your family can enjoy.

drive-thru safaris in Central Texas

Please be aware that in light of COVID-19, many drive-thru safaris have changed their hours and prices. Some may even be closed. Please check their websites for full details before visiting.

Spring is here! And with the beautiful weather comes the urge to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. One fun way to do that is to take the family to a drive-thru safari in Central Texas.

Families with kids of all ages can all enjoy a leisurely drive checking out fun safari animals. We love to attempt to feed the deer, ostrich and zebras – it always ends up with the car exploding into laughter. And lots of great photos are taken in the meantime!

So we thought it would be helpful to round up all the drive-thru safaris in Central Texas that are worth the drive to. Listed in no particular order:

5 Drive-Thru Safaris in Central Texas

Exotic Resort Zoo

Johnson City, Texas (1 hour & 20 minutes from Round Rock)

This exotic zoo has over 100 exotic animals on 187 acres and they typically offer a drive thru their zoo on their own vehicles. But as of now, they are only offering drive-thrus in your own vehicles. You can also stay the night in one of their themed-cabins.

drive-thru safaris in Central Texas
Photo Credit: Exotic Resort Zoo Facebook Page

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch (CURRENTLY CLOSED)

New Braunfles, Texas (1 hour & 23 minutes From Round Rock)

Voted one of USA Today’s 10 Best Safari Parks in the US, Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch is home to over 500 animals. The drive-thru takes about a full hour to go thru the 450 acres of rolling hills to see at least 80 different species. The ranch also has a great deal of educational content online to go thru with kids prior to visiting.

Here is our experience at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch & some tips before you go.

drive-thru safaris in Central Texas

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center (CURRENTLY CLOSED)

Glen Rose, Texas ( 2 hours & 23 minutes from Round Rock)

This 9 1/2 mile drive thru the ranch will allow you to see dozens of animals of all different species. The ranch was created to promote the preservation of endangered species and they have done an excellent job. You can drive thru or take a guided tour and lodging is also available.

drive-thru safaris in Central Texas
Photo Credit: Fossil Rim Wildlife Center Facebook Page

Topsey Exotic Ranch

Copperas Cove, Texas (1 hour & 10 minutes from Round Rock)

At Topsey Exotic Ranch you will see more than 50 species of animals and you can hand-feed them from your car during the tour.

drive-thru safaris in Central Texas
Photo Credit: Topsey Exotic Ranch Facebook Page

Franklin Drive-Thru Safari

Franklin, Texas (1 hour & 35 minutes from Round Rock)

This drive-thru safari includes many different species of animals, including a golden buffalo. They also have a lemur island.

drive-thru safaris in Central Texas
Photo Credit: Franklin Safari Park Facebook Page

Have you enjoyed one of these drive-thru safaris in Central Texas yet? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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