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Philadelphia Zoo

3400 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104-1196
215-243-1100
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Ranked #34 of 262 Attractions 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
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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Massapequa Park, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I love the Philadelphia Zoo. My daughter goes to college in Philadelphia and often when we visit wev spend the day at the zoo. The zoo is great because its not super big and you can see the entire zoo in about 3 hours. It has a nice assortment of animals, including lions, tigers, apes, giraffes, elephants, penguins, birds, reptiles... More 

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Philadelphia, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The Philadelphia Zoo is noted as the nations first zoo. It host many events throughout the year. There is a hot air balloon that guest can purchase tickets to go up and get a 360 degree view of the city. It is breathtaking to see. There are a lot of great things to see and do in the zoo. One... More 

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delran, nj
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The Philadelphia Zoo is a smaller zoo compared to the Bronx or San Diego Zoos. It is not always the cleanest either. The Zoo has some strange enclosures. Like the big cats are kept behind glass in a rather small run. More the size a large dog would be happy inside. They have added an enclosed walk bridge for the... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

My now 19 month old daughter loves it there. I started taking her there since she was 1 year old. We spent like half a day there first observing different animals and then eventually she would fall asleep in the stroller. There are a lot of nice outside places to sit and read a book. The pond is wonderful with... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

This is a real mixed bag of a zoo because it is going through a transitional period of being updated. I believe i read that this is the oldest zoo in the usa, and in some areas it does look outdated, whilst some of the newly developed areas are genuinely mould breaking. Saying this there was really nothing which i... More 

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Chapel Hill, NC
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We were in town for the Philadelphia Marathon and decided to take the kids to the zoo before heading home. I am so glad we did! This zoo is on a smaller scale, which works out well for kids. We rented a stroller at the gate in case our 3 year old got tired of walking, which was a good... More 

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Germantown, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The animals at the Oldest Zoo in the United States were wonderful. The Buildings were historical and I enjoyed the architecture as much as the animal visits. The best exhibit was the Rare Animal Conservation Center. There were animals here that I had never seen before. Absolutely beautiful and strange. We visited on a very cold day and the animals... More 

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Waterbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

My family and I are travelers, and we've visited plenty of zoos around the country. This zoo was by far the best we have been to. Besides the history of being the first zoo, they had the greatest selection of animals I've seen at a Zoo ( between CT, VA, PA, NY, SC, & FL). My daughter was in her... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Usually zoos are not my thing, but the Philadelphia zoo has a good mix of educational stuff, and the staff is very helpful. The space itself is beautiful, and the animals have large natural looking enclosures.

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Dover, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I haven't been to this zoo since I was a teenager. Although it was a little chilly, we had a GREAT time this past weekend. Definitely visit the zoo in the Fall! There is plenty to see and do. Our 8 year old son loved it and especially loved the "big cat" overhead walks. We can't wait to come back... More 

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