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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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Took the brood a few weeks ago. This zoo has a few totally innovative attractions like the suspended cat walks. Any of the resident big cats can be walking over head at any given... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Providence, Rhode Island
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Providence, Rhode Island
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Took the brood a few weeks ago. This zoo has a few totally innovative attractions like the suspended cat walks. Any of the resident big cats can be walking over head at any given time. We saw a snow leopard which happens to be my 6yr olds favorite cat so that was awesome. Of course you do have to watch... More 

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Clifton Park, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed the zoo. We love animals and it seems like these animals are well taken care of and their habitats were clean. It was crowded and hot, but there were places to escape the heat a bit. The food was expensive, we only had a slushie.

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fountain hill pa
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Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Loved the tiger walkway above the ground. Watching tigers in there tunnels very cool. Great photo ops. Tigers my favorite. Others infave s in the group reptiles, birds. Wife's favorite gorillas. Food simple but good. Overall a great time wad had by all.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Our boys are 7 and 11. Very nicely laid out zoo, not too big. We did the tethered balloon and got a great view. Lots of shady areas. Highly recommend!

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Towson, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Clean, able to enjoy your time with your kids, they not rushing you like Baltimore zoo to get out.I would go there every week if i have a chance

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Burlington, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The Philadelphia zoo has vastly improved over the last ten years, and is really a must-see for younger kids. However, make sure you go on quieter days, so you can take full advantage of seeing all the animals clearly.

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Bethany, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

took a taxi from our hotel to spend a couple of hours at the zoo and we had a fantastic visit. The zoo enjoys a simple easy to follow layout and was neat and clean. The exhibits were interesting and the animals do not appear stressed in any way. The lemonade stand with the fresh lemons was the perfect treat.... More 

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new jersey
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

Good day with kid. Easy walking, not too big not to small. Great exhibits, gorilla and other primates area allowed great vantage points for all to see. Childrens area was great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

While the zoo map makes it look rather large, it's actually quite quick to walk from one end to the other but there is plenty to see while doing so. The animals are in large areas and all look well looked after. The keepers are all very knowledgeable and are happy to talk to you for ages about their animals.... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Took my daughter to the Zoo. I haven't been there in 20+ years. Amazing. Clean - the staff was helpful, kind and friendly - exactly what you want a zoo experience to be. Our 3 year old was tired out before it was done - the park is TOO large! Lots of clean bathrooms and food throughout - it's a... More 

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