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Philadelphia Zoo

3400 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104-1196
215-243-1100
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Ranked #31 of 288 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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Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
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53 reviews 53 reviews
28 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Wonderful new exhibits beautifully done. The additions of the catwalks add a new viewing experience. This is a first class world class Zoo. Be aware of the timing of your visit. The areas experiences heavy rush hour traffic along with the zoo visitors; Saturday visitor traffic is very heavy. Perhaps consider arriving late morning and departing by 4 pm on... More

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Mechanicville, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We visited the zoo on Saturday, August 9th. I thought the $20 admission fee for adults was very reasonable given the many different animals and habitats available to see. There were several places to eat, decent bathrooms, ice cream and snacks throughout the zoo as well. The catwalks were a nice addition since we had never seen them in any... More

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CT,USA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We decided last minute to head into the city and check out the zoo. Warning - 11:30 on a Saturday traffic is crazy!! If you are that late go right to the auxilary parking lot on Girard. The zoo itself was fantastic! Great animals, beautiful exhibits and great innovation (the 360 cages were really cool). It was extremely clean (especially... More

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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We went on a Saturday & so did everyone else! It was very hard to enjoy seeing anything because of all the people. They have some great exhibits & we will go back but it will be a week day. I would also recommend bringing your lunch. You get school lunch food at Disney world prices. I was disappointed with... More

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Hamilton, NJ
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252 reviews 252 reviews
59 attraction reviews
309 helpful votes 309 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Philadelphia zoo is not just the oldest zoo in the USA but is also one of the finest. Bears, kangaroos, zebras, lions, tigers, giraffes, hippos, rhinos, small mammals, freely strolling peacocks, petting zoo with sheep and goats and the amazing group of monkeys and primates (orangutans, gorillas and chimps) are fun to watch and admire for both children and adults... More

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London, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
42 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

The area is small which makes it easy to get round. The downside of this is that some of the cages are tiny and the animals look stir crazy! The primates have worked out where to sit to best ignore the visitors, but you can see their backs quite well at times. The animals appear bored, tired and laconic. The... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Haven't been to the Philadelphia zoo in several years and love the upgrades. Reminds my daughter and I of animal kingdom in Disney Orlando but in higher gear (items we thought Disney should have included). Very well done, layout is great, lots of foliage. Great balance of approach to large / small buildings, animal mix, not too many small reptiles... More

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Coatesville, Pennsylvania
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104 reviews 104 reviews
52 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

It has been years since I have been to the Philly zoo. Last time I was there I used my zoo key. Now in 2014, the zoo is still an amazing place to visit. The many different exhibits are exciting and fun to see. Plan on showing up early to avoid the crowds.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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92 reviews 92 reviews
48 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Well planned for visits with young children. Lots of rest areas & close up views of tall giraffes, hippos & all the beasts we love. Petting zoo is heaven for toddlers to 10 year olds. Indoor spaces cooling & interesting.

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Vineland, NJ
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

It has been about 8 years since I was here last, and I definitely noticed a change. It seemed much more oriented toward younger kids, which I think is a smart idea. You can't beat the layout of this zoo. Everything is set up precisely so you can move quickly and not get bored.

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