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Philadelphia Zoo

Address: 3400 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104-1196
Phone Number: 215-243-1100
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Ranked #29 of 169 Activities in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Leisure education
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Situated on 42 acres of beautiful gardens, the Philadelphia Zoo...
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Activities: Leisure education
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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.
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Hyderabad, India
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We went to the zoo with little expectations of seeing even half of the animals at zoo. However, we found that its not at all that bad during the winters. We could see all of the animals except for the African wildlife. There are many indoor places having lot many animals / reptiles / amphibians. Also, its not at all... More 

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Lower Gwynedd PA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Tired of traffic jam and crowds on a beautiful spring day at the zoo. Try taking a cold weather January visit. Parking is easy. No lines at the gate. Most of the animals are out in the cold but the giraffes, rhinos hippos and zebras on this very cold day. But the others were out and active and easy to... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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58 reviews 58 reviews
36 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

My mom and I liked the zoo a lot. We are not zoo lovers but it was part of the Philadelphia pass we purchased which gave is an excuse to go. We were both impressed with the tunnels overhead for the monkeys and cats to roam around in. The zoo was nice but seemed small to justify the cost

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This zoo is bigger than I could have ever imagined. In fact, one day is not enough to see all the attractions available. My daughter fell in love with the snow leopard and the merry go round. However, I wish there would be a way to purchase a "pass" or if there was a deal for all the additional attractions... More 

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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Our adult children were in town for the holidays and unanimously voted to visit the Zoo that they remember so well. We chose the day carefully and it was cold but pleasant (although some of the animals were inside. Of course, the polar bears loved the cold weather and ironically, the 'delicate' looking flamingoes were not only outside - they... More 

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Bangor, Maine
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

My family loved visiting the zoo. We will definitely go again! I wish we had explored more of Philadelphia. Maybe next time.

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Bridgeton, New Jersey
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48 reviews 48 reviews
19 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I haven't been to this zoo since I was about 4 yrs old. There is a lot to see packed in such a small area. The 360 thing is awesome. The tigers and lions love pacing through them. We didn't get to see many monkeys playing in their 360 cages. There is a section for the goats to roam and... More 

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Cicero, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We are a family that loves to go to zoo's in different cities so we were excited to go to the Philadelphia zoo. Maybe it was just the day, but we did not see a lot of animals. Maybe they were in hiding, but it was a little disappointing. I know animals are unpredictable and maybe they were resting and... More 

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Bow, New Hampshire
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52 reviews 52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

I visited here in early December on a cool and previously rainy day so some of the animals were inside. It wasn't crowded and it was just the right size to saunter around. The cat exhibit is particularly impressive.

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Marlton, New Jersey
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149 reviews 149 reviews
68 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

The Philly Zoo is one of the most depressing, unkept, depressed animals in captivity zoo I have EVER seen. I am not a fan of zoos to begin with, but there is a difference between a zoo that TRYS to be nice, and the Philly zoo that clearly does not give a hoot about any of their animals. I went... More 

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