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Philadelphia Zoo

#20 of 445 things to do in Philadelphia Features Animals
3400 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104-1196
+1 215-243-1100
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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.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good34%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“big cats” (108 reviews)
“polar bears” (38 reviews)
“reptile house” (27 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
3400 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104-1196
+1 215-243-1100
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Reviewed September 20, 2015

I have good memories of the Philadelphia Zoo as a child and a parent with children. My wife and I are now empty nesters and spent a wonderful day at the Philadelphia Zoo. First, it was a cool morning so most of the animals were...More

Thank crkoer
Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

Glad this was so small because I had a full day planned. Not too many big attraction animals but there are a few big cats and African animals (and a polar bear) and they are close to the pathways. Lots of shady spots for them...More

Thank Angela M
Reviewed September 18, 2015

Very big but well organized Zoo. Most of the animals are classified and housed in cages which are arranged in Air Conditioned buildings. Even the outdoor animals are kept in ideal spaces. There is water at the entrance and elsewhere to cool you down if...More

Thank Opee2015
Reviewed September 17, 2015

This zoo's biggest claim-to-fame is that it is "America's first zoo," which is kind of cool. Other than that, however, it is pretty average, if not a bit outdated. The animal enclosures seem small, especially for the big cats and bears. We came here using...More

Thank SnappleSpice
Reviewed September 17, 2015

This is a nice zoo. The best part for me was the walkways that go overhead for the monkeys and big cats. It allows them a bird's eye view of the park, and they can travel from one end to the other. I went to...More

Thank kbird20
Reviewed September 17, 2015

I first visited the Philadelphia Zoo when I was three years old - I have photos of myself in one of their strollers (which haven't changed much) pushed by my Mom. She stopped right smack in front of a glass cage with a BIG snake...More

Thank ellenoliver
Reviewed September 17, 2015

For the first time a visit a zoo where I see all the animal near me. It was clean and beautiful. Very big for my surprise and lots of different kind of animal even a polar bear.

Thank megrri
Reviewed September 16, 2015

I went here with the girl scouts and had a blast and I would defiantly go again my favorite part was when I got to see the monkeys

Thank Maggie W
Reviewed September 16, 2015

Nice zoo. Not too crowded. But there wasn't any "wow" factor. Basic collection of everyday zoo animals: lions, tigers, bears. No elephants or 20' pythons. Not many zoo keepers on had giving talks or add to the educational experience. The petting zoo area was nice....More

Thank vwildster
Reviewed September 15, 2015

Great place for the big cats! They vary the enclosures and have "cat walks" above. Very cool! Spent a few hours there and still didn't see everything. Couldn't tear myself away from all the cats! And we stopped for a hot dog from a zoo...More

Thank sammiken
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July 11, 2017|
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Response from BIKERX1013 | Reviewed this property |
I disagree with my associates. Yes! There is plenty to see on a rainy day. There are many "houses" of animals you can explore. Apes, birds, reptiles and a couple of other inside exhibits will keep you busy the major part... More
Alana F
June 17, 2017|
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Response from Loreen B | Reviewed this property |
Yes. There are quite a few misting stations throughout the Zoo. I saw at least four today (16 July 2017).
June 4, 2017|
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Response from DannyD81 | Reviewed this property |
Very sorry for the delayed response. We spent about 2-3 hours at the zoo, including a lunch. We traveled with a three-year-old. Hope this helps.