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Philadelphia Zoo

3400 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104-1196
215-243-1100
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Ranked #32 of 289 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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Edison, New Jersey
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72 reviews 72 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

The zoo is very different as in many cases the animals are not behind bars. This allows for better pictures. The zoo is not too big to walk through in a few hours and shows a good mix of animals.

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San Jose, CA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

As zoos go, Philadelphia's is excellent. Large variety of animals in reasonably modern and appropriate enclosures, friendly docents, a variety of educational programs. Where it falls down is visitor amenities, like adequate signage, enough benches (it's a large zoo - both adults and kids get tired and appreciate a chance to rest their feet), and snack bars. Recently I was... More

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Mount Prospect Illinois
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57 reviews 57 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Spent a day with my daughter and grandkids at this zoo - very impressed. I enjoyed the layout and the quality of exhibits. We went on a weekday - not crowded - which made it even more enjoyable. We saw the tigers and an orangutan in the tunnels that go throughout the zoo - very cool.

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Dallas, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We try to always visit the zoo in different places, this zoo was really nice we visited the weekend they opened the tiger walk around cage. It was really cool being able to see this huge animal walking around above our heads, definitely was a great photo op. Unfortunately it did start to rain so we did not get to... More

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Lynn, Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The Philadelphia Zoo like other zoos was FILLED with animals from all walks of life. I love the zoo and have visited many zoos over the years but this one was BY FAR my favorite. The outdoor appearance is lovely and the people who greet you and take your tickets were friendly, helpful and provided us with info since it... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We opened the place Monday morning before heading home. Animals were active and the crowd, what crowd. The new overhead trails for the animals was great, moving the kids zoo closer to the front was a good move. We do regret the absence of the elephants but understand the rationale. Map, actually better than most zoos.

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McDonough, Georgia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 via mobile

Took my 3 year old granddaughter, or should I say she took us on a nice visit to the zoo. All of the attractions were very well presented and the wide variety of wild life very interesting. Best part it's my granddaughter's visit is not complete until she had a pretzel and a lemonade. Great family visit.

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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This is a place for everyone. Yes, it is the first zoo in the country. The new KidZooU is fantastic--kids learn by doing, can climb like a goat, see butterflies and a coral reef among other things. As you walk through the zoo and look up, you might see a tiger or puma or jaguar overhead. In another area, you'll... More

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Galveston Island, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The zoo was alright. I went by myself to kill some time and the traffic helped. The zoo has a lot of animals I've never seen before and for some animals present the zoo offers almost a 180 degree view of the animals. You can also ride in a balloon, it goes up and then down.

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Billingshurst, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The animal enclosures are well thought out for a city centre zoo. It was very busy when we went in August, during holiday time but it did not feel too bad and you are able to view the animals without any problem. The new enclosures that allow the animals to roam from one area to another over the top of... More

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