LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - If you're looking for a family-friendly getaway in your backyard, check out the Lufkin Zoo.
The exhibits are arranged so you get an up-close experience with animals from all over the world.
There's even picnic tables so you can bring a lunch or snack.
"It's a jewel in the East Texas Forest. We work and our staff works hard to try and keep it nice for our visitors an always have something new and something different going on," said Gordon Henley, Lufkin Zoo director.
The zoo recently added new parking and they also recently refurbished the full-size locomotive so kids can climb on it.