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Philadelphia Zoo

3400 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104-1196
215-243-1100
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Ranked #31 of 281 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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Charlestown, Maryland
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81 reviews 81 reviews
19 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

I want with my child's school trip - very intense! I am usually not a big fans of zoo's, especially where you see the animals pacing back-and-forth because of small spaces and poor enrichment. They have really gone out of their way to make this an interesting space for the animals and the visitors alike! My favorite moment was then... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

I go to the zoo in any city I visit. Philly Zoo has a very good layout and lots of resting spots. Zoo keepers were wonderful with the information. Prices not too high. Very family friendly.

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Quarryville, Pennsylvania, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

I love my Philly zoo. I grew up in Philly and our school trips always consisted of a trip to the zoo. I believe the zoo did go down between about 2009 and 2013 but I am dying to see the new attraction that have were the big cats walk above you! I bet that has enhanced it so much.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Very much updated since our last visit. We took our grandchildren with our sons. The last time we were there was with our sons when they were toddlers. The map is a tad confusing as it lacks all of exhibits easily located. They also charge extra for camel and horse rides. ($6 each for 3 year old and mother) those... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is a very nice zoo. They have lots of animals and plenty of things to do. They have added on a big cat bridge so tigers and pumas can walk right over you. It is really cool because the cats always use it. It is also a very clean park.

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Langhorne, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

This zoo is a must for big cat lovers. The zoo exhibits several big cats and allows very close viewing. The addition of the new Zoo 360 overhead tunnels for the big cats gives visitors a unique view of the cats and allows more interaction between the species. The Philadelphia Zoo is a reasonable walkable size for all ages. No... More

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Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Lots of shade. Fun play areas for kids. The adults have to pay also to ride the Carousel, train, and horse with your child. This is a big extra cost, and I clearly wouldn't be riding it for my enjoyment, but am required to ride it with them, and pay for my ride. $6 per person horse, $3 per person... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Visited with older teens and it was a nice outing for us. There are some interesting animal displays that you don't see everywhere - the big cat falls area with the overhead tunnels were probably our favorites. Loved the aviary as well. There are several indoor options to get a break from the heat, and several places for a cool... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

i've been a member for a year and a half and this is always one of my "go to" weekend activities. pros: great selection of animals, friendly staff, great member perks (and definitely worth being a member if you go more than once!!) cons: layout is a bit confusing, expensive if you're coming for the day (opt for a city... More

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Ridgefield Park, New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This was my first zoo experience and it was OK. Not 100% what I expected. We were going to be in Philly for the day and decided to visit the zoo. Admission was cheap and worth price paid. - Staff was friendly, a few did stop to speak to us about the animals. - Parking is expensive, we parked on... More

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