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“great family adventure” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Ranked #21 of 157 things to do in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Enjoy a family experience that fosters understanding, respect, and appreciation of wildlife with a visit to the Pittsburgh Zoo. Take a trip to the Islands and get an eye to eye view of warty pigs, Philippine crocodiles, and clouded leopards. Venture into the Jungle for an Odyssey of fun where you’ll discover our giant anteater, the elusive fossa, the world’s largest rat, and the pygmy hippo. Take in the scenic bird’s-eye view of the African Savanna before heading to our aquarium and Water’s Edge, home of the impressive polar bear and playful sea otter. *Jungle Odyssey and Zoo zip line open Summer 2017.* There is so much to explore at the Zoo, we provide 77 acres of fun! The Pittsburgh Zoo is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Prices vary per season, so visit our website: and follow us on Facebook,and Twitter.
Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania, United States
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21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“great family adventure”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

Price is affordable. Great family time. A variety of animals in their natural habitat but layout is such that you can usually see them wherever they are in their enclosure.

Visited September 2012
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Cleveland, OH
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45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Nice exhibits!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

We liked this zoo since it is very different from the Cleveland Zoo. The enclosures are not plain, there is interactive spots. Areas for the children to play. It's like walking through nature, not just a path.
It's in a strange part of town though it felt like.
We hope to return.

Visited September 2012
Thank Cheri_Cleveland
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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Monkey See, Monkey Do”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

I had an awesome time at the zoo! Favorite part was watching a monkey hanging off of a rope swing peeing while another old monkey drank the pee! haha It had about 150 adults and children screaming and laughing hysterically. Aside from that gem, it was fun to walk around the park. I liked the fact that there was only one route to take which walked you through the entire park. Also really enjoyed the aquarium. Took us just over 2 hours to walk the entire park. My only gripe was that on the way out of the park, my girlfriend and I purchased one of those photo booth pictures and the pictures turned out really bleached out. In fact, half of our faces were missing in the first photo. Having a good sense of humor, we laughed about it, but the machine should probably be fixed.

Visited April 2013
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Akron, Ohio
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3 reviews
“Great Place to Visit!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

I had always heard great things about the Pittsburgh Zoo but had never been before. My three daughters really enjoyed themselves for Spring Break. This was pretty much the highlight of our vacation. They enjoyed the Red Panda, the aquarium, and the monkeys the most. The chicken and burger dining area was also very delicious. The gift shop was super expensive though. This was the only negative part of the trip. Highly recommend visiting this zoo when in the area.

Visited April 2013
Thank AngryinAkron
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Sarasota, FL
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34 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Love this Zoo!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

I've been visiting the Pittsburgh Zoo for many years and continue to just love it more and more.
You feel as though you're walking through the different climates and environments specific to the different animal exhibits. Love the Monkey House, all the big cats, the elephants and giraffes.
And the Aquarium is so beautiful. The big tanks and lots of interactive things for the kids is so much fun. The kids play/climb area is so great too. Wears the kids out even more before heading home.
Overall, a great experience for adults and family to visit.

Visited April 2013
Thank SiestaBeachGirl1
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