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Philadelphia Zoo

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Address: 3400 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104-1196
Phone Number: 215-243-1100
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9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Leisure education
Description: Situated on 42 acres of beautiful gardens, the Philadelphia Zoo, America's...
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.
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Oldest Zoo in all of America!

Well designed zoo, which has been changing and expanding over the years. There are many different animals, mostly living in what looks to be 'appropriately sized' enclosures... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Dover, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The zoo was a great place for children to roam and see the animals. Kids loved the petting zoo and the hands on activities. Employees were kind, helpful and eager to please.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Well designed zoo, which has been changing and expanding over the years. There are many different animals, mostly living in what looks to be 'appropriately sized' enclosures. There are also new animal walkways above the people walkways - so that you can see monkeys crossing above you while you are walking about in the park. The restaurants are rather expensive... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This zoo is really one of the best. They have such a unique "habitrail" in the sky for their primates and cats. It is a sight to see. Great exhibits, interesting animals, a nice walkable setting. Only disappointment was the lack of customer service or pleasant demeanor so of the personnel working any of the food stands and the expense... More 

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Killen, Alabama
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

First off, the layout of the zoo is nice and the overhead walkways for the animals are a nice touch. The animals were not active at all and that is no fault of the zoo. The volunteers were very nice and helpful and almost made up for the paid people at the zoo. It was the lion cubs 1st birthday... More 

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I've visited the Philadelphia Zoo at least a dozen times in my life, the first time in kindergarten and the last time recently with my own kindergartener. The Philly Zoo continues to grow and improve through the decades. Our last visit was on a crisp Sunday a few months ago, the animals more active and less lethargic than they are... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

I loved that I could see the big cats walk on the catwalks over my head and alongside my window at the restaurant. I hadn't seen this it any other zoo and thought it was a great idea for both the people and the cats. I don't love zoos in general but this one was clean and seemed well-kept.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We visited the zoo for the first time today and we were pleasantly surprised by how well kept the zoo was. The gardens we're manicured and the animal houses and enclosures were clean and spacious. The only negative aspect were all of the obnoxiously large strollers and the rude parents pushing them.

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Freehold, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

I tried so hard to enjoy our trip here. There were some high points: baby chicks, penguins, little monkeys, birds... but my daughter was miserable. I wanted to blame the hot day and our busy itinerary, but she thoroughly enjoyed the other hot and busy days of our vacation. There just wasn't much fun to be had here. Almost all... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

I had a great experience with my grandkids there. Lots of engaging help with interactive displays that the kids loved. The animal displays were beautiful and easy to see the animals. The food was actually cheap for a zoo.

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Vineland, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Want to spend a pleasant afternoon? Try the Philadelphia Zoo. The animals are wonderful to look at and the understanding of origin, habitat, and numbers will open your eyes to those with whom we share this planet. When you're tired of watching the caged creatures, look around. There are many other interesting sights to see. If you can't find a... More 

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Additional Information about Philadelphia Zoo

Address: Address: 3400 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104-1196
Phone Number: 215-243-1100
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

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