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“Good for families” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
1 Wild Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 665-3640
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Ranked #26 of 78 Attractions in Pittsburgh
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Owner description: One of the few major zoo and aquarium combinations in America, our 77-acre facility is fun and excitement from beginning to end. Enjoy meeting Amur tigers, Komodo dragons, African lions and elephants,stop by the Tropical Forest and PPG Aquarium. Water's Edge features two underwater tunnels. Experience the thrill of a polar bear swimming above you in the underwater polar bear tunnel, watch our sea otters play, and go nose-to-nose with a sand tiger shark. Be sure to stop by Kids Kingdom for even more fun.
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“Good for families”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

The zoo is quiet but filled with laughters of children. The animals were not so exciting to see, and the entrance was a bit difficult to find (for non-drivers).

Visited November 2012
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“Animals Animals everywhere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

as long as it's not to hot you have a great view of the animals, I especially like the Aqua Zoo...there are plenty of areas to sit and rest, wide walking areas make it accessable to all.

Visited June 2012
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“I want to say it was excellent...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

But a few of the animals were pacing in their enclosures (the rhino, a polar bear and the tigers) which makes me worry that their environment isn't right for their needs. The zoo itself is relatively small but very enjoyable. The layout allows closer viewing than I have experienced at other zoos which also allows for some great pictures. The aquarium (which was the main draw for us) is pretty modest, although the puffer fish exhibit was neat to see. We went during the off season so we had ample room to walk around the exhibits, but I could see it getting a bit crowded when it's high season. Overall it was a great day trip for my young kids. Not so long that they were overwhelmed and lost interest but not so short that it didn't feel worth it.

Visited December 2012
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Hastings, PA
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“Great place to visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

We've taken our children here (6, 4 and 1) for the past five years, our most recent visit being in December of this year. Here's what you need to know:
1. It's a classic hillside zoo. Wear sneakers and plan on walking
2. Weekend are CROWDED. Go on a weekday or off season.
3. Observation areas are smallish- again go on a weekeday to see the animals.
4. Go EARLY. Mid afternoon to early evening, the animals are not very active.
5. Bring your own food/drinks. Vending machines are $2.50 for a soda, eating areas are crowded and overpriced. You can easily frop $50-$60 on food if you don't plan
6. Nice play area for the kids, including a playground. Petting zoo and Sting ray attraction allow for up close and personal interaction wtih the animals.
7. Review the zoo site for special programs. The zoo offers overnight stays for families and group as well as up close and personal encounters with the animals. All are well worth the fees.
8. Zoo offers AAA discounts as well as discounted tickets through the local Giant Eagle (grocery store) in the summer months.

Visited December 2012
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“Not for the handicapped or disabled........”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

All you need to do is look at the escalator, to see the potential problems.
If you have arthritic knees, a bad heart, wheelchair bound, or something similar to these, you need to think twice about going to this zoo. This attraction was made for someone like "Grandfather", from the Shirley Temple movie called "Heidi".

We got there on a slightly raining day, and wanted to only go to the Aquarium. My suggestion is for you to just go under the bridge, at the bottom of the hill, and look up the other side. Going back to your car will be a lot cheaper than a twisted ankle or a knee replacement.

On the bright side, just imagine turning all of those asphalt pathways into one of the best water slides parks ever.

Most of the defensive linemen for the Steelers, would have a tough time making it up to the upper section of the Aquarium, from the parking lot. The path to the Aqua Fortress, on top of the hill, is just as bad as trying to get back to the parking lot. One little trip, and you just lost skin. While at the bottom of the hill, just look at all of the kids leaving with band aids stuck to their skin.

Now, if you do make it up to the fortress, make sure that you have a bright red ski jacket on (or maybe a bright yellow one). I found that some of the fish will come to the glass for a look. When the fish with red on them show up, just put your red sleeve to the glass. Now, move slowly to the left and slowly to the right. They were actually following my movements.

Now, if you are handicapped, in the upper level of the Aquarium and can't make it down, just ask a zoo worker to lead you to the maintenance/service elevator, and have them take you to the lower shark area. Just let them know where you ache.

The zoo hear this many times a day. "Why don't they make an upper parking area, for those who just want to go to the Aquarium?" It makes sense, right? Or maybe they just need to make a smaller version of the Incline, on the outer edge of the property. Something that will let people get off at several locations. Maybe one for each side of the Zoo would be better to handle the crowds.

Now, you don't need a parking lot, and I saved you money and headaches.

P.S. - The fish were great.

Happy Holidays

Visited December 2012
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