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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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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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Great Zoo and fun for entire family.

This was a fun zoo. It's not the largest/newest but it is definitely worth a half day. The hippos were our favorite and the overhead animal walkway was amazing. The admission... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Tyrone, Georgia

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Ewing, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Wonderful day at the zoo with my daughter and grandchildren. The Philadelphia Zoo has really been updated since I was there many years ago. Very well kept, many animals to view, and impressed with the overall cleanliness. Alot of walking, but worth the trip.

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Muscatine, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I visited the Philadelphia Zoo with my daughter and three year old grandson. Pros: The zoo is very well-maintained. There is an outdoor "treetop trail" through which the various monkeys can run over you as you walk through the zoo. That was very cool. The animals all appear to be very healthy and happy. I rode the carousel with my... More 

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Tyrone, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This was a fun zoo. It's not the largest/newest but it is definitely worth a half day. The hippos were our favorite and the overhead animal walkway was amazing. The admission price was average and there was a great variety of animals. I would highly recommend!

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Webster
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I've been to many zoos, but this one is one of the best. There is a large variety of animals, and the zoo is very well maintained. The zoo staff were also very friendly and helpful. I loved being able to watch the animals move overhead as part of their Zoo 360 mesh trails. Plan on spending the whole day,... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Zoo play, staff friendly and helpful, park was clean. Only two food locations open (slow day middle of week). Getting there was terrible, parking was easy

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Simsbury, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Our nation's first zoo. Perfect for little travelers. Very manageable with many areas for rest and shade. Overhead animal walkway gives you a very different view of the large cats. Giraffe viewing area is large. Adequate food and beverage stalls. We did not view any shows due to timing.Pricing very fair.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

On our day trip to Philadelphia, the Zoo was our 1st stop. I thought it was mostly gonna be for the kids, but I enjoyed as much if not more than they did. All of the staff/employees were friendly and answered any questions we had. Our favorites were the Lions and Tigers and the Gorillas and Monkeys.

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Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This zoo is very large, so set aside most of the day to see everything. That said, you MUST see everything! From the polar bears swimming by your face, to the gorillas and orangutan, to the gorgeous giraffes and gigantic rhinos, the animals here are AMAZING and clearly very well cared for. My children loved every minute of our trip... More 

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Manalapan, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We spent almost half a day in the zoo, kids had a lot of fun. Very clean, entertaining and educational place to spend time with kids. I loved all the pavilions. Big Cat Falls was my favorite. And I absolutely was impressed with Zoo 360, I don't remember seeing it anywhere else. Overall, great experience!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

First of all, the front view of this zoo is so good. I appreciated all the artwork throughout the zoo, and in the front. The gift shop prices were iffy, but less than regular amusement parks or other zoos I've been to. Next, the ticket price is only $20 a person. Including every single attraction in the zoo except the... More 

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Additional Information about Philadelphia Zoo

Address: 3400 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104-1196
Phone Number: 215-243-1100
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

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