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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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Nice zoo

Nice zoo. Love the exhibits and layouts. Easy to get around and very helpfull staff. Parking was easy.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Nice zoo. Love the exhibits and layouts. Easy to get around and very helpfull staff. Parking was easy.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

I'm going soon and taking my grandkids; we're getting one of the packages offered for the year. This is the last year for the Channel 6 Hot Air Balloon; you don't want to miss it while it's here. So many interesting upgrades have been made to our zoo over the past year, select animals pass overhead throughout the park in... More 

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Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
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67 reviews 67 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

I had not been here in over 20 years when I visited with my kids, age 8 and 11. The zoo is more open and natural than I had remembered. Great variety of animals. We could have spent 8 hours there. Loved the overhead walkways for the tigers- afforded better views. Enjoyed the paddle boats but they were pricey. Easy... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

I always love going to the Philadelphia Zoo! I belonged as a member when my children were young enjoying the monkeys, flamingoes, bears, and giraffes! They also have a children's zoo where you can get up close and personal! My children went to the zoo camp in the summer and we ate breakfast with Mr. And Mrs. Claus at Christmas!... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

We try to go to zoo's where ever we are. This zoo was excellent with hippos and polar bears and all the usual big cats.they have raised walk ways for the lions to use so they are looking down on you.only down side were the food stalls not much choice of food

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Delran, NJ
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The Philly Zoo has 2 great new attractions. They have created beautiful animal sculptures from recycled items. They have metal track tubes for the animals (big cats & monkeys & apes). These allow movement for the animals & also more opportunities to see the animals. They actively educate visitors to keep animals from extinction. It is obvious that the animals... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The zoo is well laid out for enjoyment of all family members. We took our son & daughter-in-law, a 3-yr-old and an infant in a stroller, and had two minor complaints; the stroller entrance to the amphibious exhibit isn't well marked, and the only vendor that serves coffee is near the entrance...and grandparents Need their Caffeine about half-way through the... More 

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96 reviews 96 reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

We took our 8 year old grandson on a beautiful Sunday morning. We thought the layout was easy to follow taking us from exhibit to exhibit. I was a bit freaked out by the overhead tunnels the lions were in. I understand why the zoo built them and they do allow visitors to actually see the animals but I was... More 

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Havertown, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Love the zoo, we have a membership since we don't live far. The exhibits are top notch and very enjoyable. I do however caution that the prices on the food and some activities are extremely high. Over $9 for a sad hotdog, a few French fries, small soda and 8oz chocolate milk is a bit much. Also the prices for... More 

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Barnegat, New Jersey
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

It's a toss up between rating of 3 of 4 on this one. I took my family to the zoo on Easter and we had a good time. There is a great selection of animals to see. The zoo is large enough to hold a crowd but it can get crowded at some places very easy. So w/the selection of... More 

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