Dallas Zoo officials estimate more than 20,000 people showed up for dollar entry Thursday, braving the nearly 100-degree weather for lots of fun.
Gates opened before 9 a.m. as scheduled, to let the crowd start coming in. Most seemed to be prepared to beat the heat on what was expected to be the first triple-digit temperature day of the year.
Many zoo visitors rolled coolers behind them, some carrying umbrellas or wearing large hats to stay out of the sun.
Staff at the zoo also had their mist stations and splash areas pumping out water in full force for folks to get a little relief, though many seemed to cluster in the shade as much as possible as they explored the exhibits.
As part of Dollar Day, vendors at the zoo also offered $1 snacks and water to help keep people hydrated and fueled in the heat.
Staff reported few heat related issues, though they did have extra team members on hand to make sure everyone stayed safe in the weather.
Last year, the zoo said 41,422 guests went through the gates on Dollar Day, setting a new single-day attendance record.