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Philadelphia Zoo

3400 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104-1196
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Ranked #33 of 262 Attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Leisure education
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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 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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Chapel Hill, NC
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53 reviews 53 reviews
12 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

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
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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East Coast
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Our son and daughter-in-law took my husband and I along with our grandson to the zoo the weekend before Halloween. It is an amazing zoo in it's own right. The enclosed walkways suspended over the zoo are amazing! You can see monkeys, leopards, etc. walking above you!! Also, it was so cute seeing all the children dressed up for Halloween... More

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Metairie, Louisiana
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014 via mobile

i absolutely love how all of the work is paying off at this zoo! I have been going here since I was a baby and the cats were kept in indoor concrete cages! The new enclosures for them are great and the 360 was fabulous! We saw the male tigers the day we went. I bought a zoo membership even... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We took our 3 Grandaughters, ages7& 5yr. Old twins in January. The weather was lovely. So many wonderful changes have been made. We became members, so that makes everything so much less expensive, including lots of free stuff! We haven't been to the Phila. Zoo since our children were very young. It was very expensive for us. So we didn't... More

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Lancaster, PA
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77 reviews 77 reviews
24 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Parking was a bit tedious, but once we were in the zoo, we had a great time. With only 2 hours left, I wasn't expecting to pay full price - which is a bit hefty - but had no choice. The animals were so great to see and visiting on a weekday afternoon, there was virtually no crowd, just a... More

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New Jersey
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Beautiful layout for different animals kids had fun lots of walking eatery expensive but what do u expect great day trip for families

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