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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
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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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First Zoo

Visit the first zoo, great animals to see, lots of walking wear comfortable shoes. See the lions they are exceptional

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Burlington, New Jersey
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We have been members for 12 years and visit the Zoo at least 5 times a year. It's a great way to spend a few hours. Our 2 favorite things to see are Big Cat Falls and Peco Primate Reserve. The addition of the Treetop trails have enhanced the Zoo. LOVE watching the Amur Tigers and many of the other... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

the new elevated open air walkways are fantastic. Tigers walking around watching the visitors from above.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My family really enjoyed the visit. Not only is the staff very nice and welcoming, the layout is easy to navigate to ensure that visitors get to see everything in one day. There used to be a hot air balloon just outside of the park, but a storm destroyed it a couple of years ago.

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Belmar, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Philadelphia Zoo is an awesome place to visit. There are several breeds of animals and more than I have seen at any other zoos. Wear comfortable shoes and be sure to look up when you are walking around. The tigers walk above your head and look down on you. They are such majestic looking animals.

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cupey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved it!! Still missed how it's old structure was when I was a kid but theres nothing like this zoo for me and my little cousins. Great way to spend a few hours showing the kids all the wild animals.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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140 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visit the first zoo, great animals to see, lots of walking wear comfortable shoes. See the lions they are exceptional

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Thank Apes44
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Seeing America's first zoo is a unique experience. Granted the grounds in some areas are old but they are always improving the overall grounds. Plus they add new exhibits all year long so if you visit often you'll be sure to see something fresh. I have been going here since 1960 and I have always enjoyed myself. You and your... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love a good zoo (few things make me sadder than a bad one) so it was very nice to see how well cared for the animals are in America's first zoo. We were there for feeding time for several of the animals, and the keeps were friendly and informative. And, yes, they do actually feed the vampire bats blood!

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Lawrenceville, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had such a nice day at this zoo. It has a lot of great exhibits and the old buildings are interesting on their own. Loved the overhead lion and monkey runs. It was really neat to see the lions and monkeys traveling and playing on the runs. Animals all seem to be very well cared for, zoo grounds are... More 

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Springfield, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great family adventure, well laid out. Baby coach available. Food and snacks available. You can get here using public transportation. Many, many exhibits. Word of caution> not the best area of Philly for safety. Go during early hours of the day.

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