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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

Situated on 42 acres of beautiful gardens, the Philadelphia Zoo...

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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This is a fantastic zoo. There is so much so see and do that you really shouldn't limit yourself to just one visit. The children's area alone (KidZooU) can absorb several hours... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of the most organized zoo I've been to in a while. Movement is mandatory to view so be on foot, carry energy drinks, put on running shoes.

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Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The great zoo in Philadelphia is fun for all ages. It is a must for children. The children's zoo is laid out perfectly. The animals are well taken care of and are a joy to watch. The food is OK, but a little bit pricey. Bring your own. Love the bears and the big cats. A great place to visit... More 

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Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
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201 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been zoo members for years and recent improvements have made the country's oldest zoos one of the best. Animals are now in more natural settings and many are free to move about in "runs above your heads". Extensive collection of animals in more humane surroundings and lovely gardens make this a very rewarding visit if you are a... More 

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New Jersey
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fantastic zoo. There is so much so see and do that you really shouldn't limit yourself to just one visit. The children's area alone (KidZooU) can absorb several hours. Indoors is a discovery museum-type area. Outdoors are animals and a play area. Throughout the zoo, you'll walk a great deal, so wear comfortable shoes. In addition to... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very large zoo so get ready to do lots of walking. You can buy food and peanuts to feed animals.So many good exhibits. Love the big cats and polar bears also the monkeys. It's an all day trip but it's really good.

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Hazlet, New Jersey
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to the zoo on Veteran's Day. Looked online at the prices and decided the Membership was the way to go as it would pay for itself upon the second visit (you have a year to visit). I really liked the zoo. I felt like you were very close to the animals, and loved that several of the animals had... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great zoo. Doesn't feel crowded like I expected for a city zoo which is nice. I felt the enclosures were small enough to see the animals, but large enough that it didn't feel as though they had no room. It was neat to visit the first zoo in America. That in itself makes it special!! My visit was part of... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I grew up coming here and I must say, the people in charge continue to maintain a great family place with exciting events every year

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm not a huge zoo fan in general, but if you like zoo's it's ok. I've seen better. I prefer ones like NC zoo, which has wide open areas for the animals to wander in and even looks like Africa when you're there. Philly zoo is pretty cramped and not in a wonderful location and you have to pay to... More 

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is really one of the nicest zoos there is. It's clean, fun, and pretty affordable. My niece and nephew loved the petting zoo and the paddle boats!

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