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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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One of Philly's oldest attractions is the zoo. I definitely go to the zoo one , twice a year. It is great time spent with family. They have face painting, camel and horse rides... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

One of Philly's oldest attractions is the zoo. I definitely go to the zoo one , twice a year. It is great time spent with family. They have face painting, camel and horse rides for a small fee. You will want to bring your camera for plenty of pics. Boo at the zoo is awesome toddler and young kids. This... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Plenty of animals to see here at the zoo, expecially the newer travel paths located to take the animals through different parts of the zoo allowing guests to see them in various locations. Very affordable, educational and of course fun.

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auburn,ma
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Had a fun day here with my sister and our kids. The zoo is not that large compared so e of the other zoos we have been to and I'm glad they didn't try to squeeze in an elephant exhibit here when there is no room for one. Some of the enclosures are too small for the animals. The crocodile... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

One of my favorite Zoos. Thee is really so much here. It's laid out well and great for a family fun day.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Most people have visited a zoo, sometimes as a child and often as an adult exploring the zoo with their children or grandchildren. I've had the pleasure of visiting many zoos, some considered to be world class. The Philadelphia Zoo is a perfect blend of a big city zoo with the unique touch that only Philadelphia can provide. There is... More 

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Montgomery Village
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This my third time visiting the Zoo it has always been fun and special because of the helpful employees going above and beyond to assist you. YOU ROCK EMPLOYEES OF THE PHILADELPHIA ZOO.

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Bethpage, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

best zoo around!!!! My family travels over 2 hours throughout the year to go to this zoo and are members because they go so much it makes sense. I love this zoo!!!

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Voorhees, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We bought an annual pass, as the regular tickets are costly, and with annual pass u can have 6 members in your pass, that gives unlimited visits plus parking free, no queues, another big thing is that u will get member discounts in the restaurants inside. So I believe annual pass is cheap when u visit atleast twice than buying... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Parking is a little confusing and then it's a short walk to the zoo. Get there early as it does get crowded. The zoo is great. It's going to take some time to get around so at least be prepared to spend about 4 hours there. Prices are high for parking and entry to the zoo. Love that they have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Parking was in a great location, parking garage gave you a very safe surrounding and barely any lines. Just a short hop, skip and jump to the entrance of Zoo. Our admission could have been cheaper if we bought the CityPass, but we didn't so we sucked it up and paid 94.00 for 2 adult admissions, 2 children admissions and... More 

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