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Philadelphia Zoo

3400 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104-1196
215-243-1100
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Ranked #30 of 288 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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New Jersey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This is one of my favorite zoos to visit. Although it is a little expensive, it is worth it. I enjoyed seeing the big cats, reptiles, and polar bears especially. While the exhibits were somewhat small (this is a very old zoo in a major city with limited space, so I do understand), the staff does a good job of... More

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Perth
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I go to visit a zoo not food outlets, there are food outlets everywhere and the areas they are taking up could be utilized for some animal enclosures. Some of the areas have been exceptionally well laid out, but there is room for improvement in many others. Yes it is an interesting place to visit but the management could do... More

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Avalon, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The overall zoo was good, although didn't seem to be as many animals as posters to describe environmental issues. I am all in favor of conservation, but when one goes to the zoo, it is to see animals.

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Naugatuck
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Let me start by saying the animals did look well cared for. I don't want you to think they were in poor health or neglected. The problem is the enclosures and their sizes. I know it is America's oldest zoo and tried to keep it in mind but the pens/cages for the animals really didn't offer much room or enough... More

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Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We had a great time here! I rated it as very good instead of excellent because I wish they would stay open later (5pm is closing time) and I don't feel it is fair that you have to pay the same amount for parking when you park 1/2 mile away on the street versus in the lot right next to... More

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NY City
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27 reviews 27 reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

They have elevated caged pathways that criss-cross the zoo. First of its kind and it's amazing. This is the USA's first zoo and very special.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We have visited zoos all across the country, and this was one of the nicest. The walking paths were nice and wide. You could see the animals easily. They have overhead walkways where the monkeys can wander around over your head, which is different and kind of fun. They were just building something similar for the tigers, but it was... More

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Clinton Township, Michigan
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60 reviews 60 reviews
20 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Many animals and exhibits to see. The polar bears are great! Unique animals not often seen in other zoos are here. Admission is pricey as is the parking. Prepare to walk a long distance from any parking area to entrance. Many of the food offerings were closed in the afternoon. Plan for 3 - 4 hours to see everything.

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Marlton, New Jersey
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 via mobile

A great zoo, always surprised how great it is. Laid out nicely and has a great selection. It makes the most of the 42 acres it is on. Spend a day here and you won't regret, the animals are amazing to see! I wish they bought the elephants back, though. Maybe someday. It's weird the advertising and statues still feature... More

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Southampton, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I have taken my daughter here 3 times. She has loved it every time. If you live in the area buy the Family membership. For only $120 you can take 2 adults and up to six kids, plus FREE PARKING. Overall the zoo is not bad. The have KidsZooU for the little ones as well as some rides that cost... More

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