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Philadelphia Zoo

3400 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104-1196
215-243-1100
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Ranked #33 of 281 attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Zoos
Activities: Leisure education
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Situated on 42 acres of beautiful gardens, the Philadelphia Zoo, America's first zoo, is home to nearly 1,300 animals, many rare and endangered. Polar... more » Owner description: Situated on 42 acres of beautiful gardens, the Philadelphia Zoo, America's first zoo, is home to nearly 1,300 animals, many rare and endangered. Polar bears, African lions, Amur tigers, a white rhino, giraffes and more call this oasis home. As Philadelphia’s leading cultural destination the Zoo boasts award-winning exhibits such as First Niagara Big Cats Falls, McNeil Avian Center, and PECO Primate Reserve. Recently opened –Treetop Trail and the Great Ape Trail, one of a kind animal exploration systems allow primates to travel overhead and discover the Zoo’ s campus. In April 2013 KidZooU: Hamilton Family Children’s Zoo & Faris Family Education Center will open --this new wildlife academy and interactive children’s zoo offers displays and hands-on learning along with and rare and unusual goats, sheep, chickens, mini horses and ducks for toddlers to tweens. KidZooU will change the Zoo experience for both animals and guests alike. The outdoor exhibit area includes a 400-foot trail for rare sheep and goats, and a “goat bridge” built above the KidZooU entrance. While the goats scale their own supersize tower, children can climb a parallel structure. Indoors, families will marvel at a world teeming with coral reef fish, colorful parakeets, desert ants, and other extraordinary animals. Interactive exhibits show visitors how saving energy and recycling can help save wildlife. By connecting people with wildlife, the Philadelphia Zoo creates joyful discovery and inspires action for animals and habitats. As the region’s leading family destination, the Zoo welcomed more than 1.2 million visitors last year and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. « less
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Boca Raton, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The Philadelphia Zoo is quite nice and landscaped very nicely but it is on the small side. The animals appear to be well cared for and the zoo is kept very clean. We had to park across the street and walk a bit to get there because the parking garage was full. There were no elephants despite a large statue... More

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King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Great time today at the Philadelphia Zoo. No mater who you are it pays to purchase a membership. Parking is $15, waived with membership, kids 2 and over $18 bucks adults more... We got a family membership for the year close to what we would have paid for the day. There were so many upgrades and new interactive exhibits for... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Haven't been to the zoo in a long time, maybe about twenty years, so my grandson, husband, daughter and son-in-law all went to the zoo. I was amazed at how it changed and all the new things that are happening at the zoo. One of the nice things is that even though they upgraded and added some buildings and exhibits... More

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Pennsylvania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The zoo made many changes over the last few years and it is worth the trip. The series of overhead trails they have installed allow animals to wander around now too. Its pretty cool to look up and realize there have been a tiger lying right over you while you were eating lunch. The gorilla exhibit, the tiger exhibit and... More

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howell
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Not as many animals as I had expected. One Lion, two tigers. The Lion was behind a mess of trees and bushes so couldn't see him. Enjoyed the primates which was indoors. I would suggest to go in the fall when the weather is cool, as many animals are not out and about during hot summer weather.

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Easton, Pennsylvania
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63 reviews 63 reviews
8 attraction reviews
224 helpful votes 224 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We are the grandparents of 15, and enjoy taking family groups to the zoo. Hours are 9-5 in the summer, and it is a full day if you have school age kids along. Tinier kids have a shorter attention span. Tickets can be purchased at the entrance, but there is a shorter line for members. We join yearly and get... More

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7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Visited during summer school holidays - hot day, amazing array of animals. My grandson loved the reptile house, loved the tigers. The enclosures were very suitable for their guests ! A well planned, well care for zoo easy - makes a brilliant day out. Don't miss it !

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Northeast, USA
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59 reviews 59 reviews
6 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We visited the Philadelphia Zoo in July 2014. The Zoo is located very close to downtown Philadelphia, making it an easy stop of any trip to this historic city. The Zoo itself is small compared to other cities (San Diego and Chicago’s Brookfield), but smaller does not mean worse. We really enjoyed the way the Zoo was laid out and... More

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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This zoo is layed out so well, and the flow is just superb. The animals seem to be well cared for, and while we know they are not in their natural habitats, you get a sense that they are comfortable. The staff is helpful and pleasant. The grounds clean and maintained.

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Yes, it was a rainy day, but we still visited the zoo. Parking was difficult in that we almost walked farther from where we had to park then we did around the entire zoo. Remember this was a rainy day, and it wasn't that busy. Many of the animals did not have inside viewing. The zoo also seemed a little... More

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