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“One of the best zoos we've ever been to!”

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Ranked #33 of 192 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.
Reviewed July 10, 2013

While on a vacation in Pittsburgh, my husband and I came here on the morning of July 4 as it was one of the only attractions open on the holiday. We got there as the gates opened at 9:30am and it was a great time of the day as most of the animals were awake and moving around. The zoo had a diverse amount of animals, the habitats were large and well-kept and the surrounding areas were done in really fun, creative ways that enhanced the experience. We got to see everything from baby tigers and gorillas, to a polar bear swimming to a set of elephants. The aquarium is included in your admission to the zoo and is not to be missed. They housed an extensive collection of fish and had other exotic sea life such as jellyfish and a blue lobster. The zoo is well worth the money - it has free parking and took about two hours to tour. Come here on your next trip to Pittsburgh!

Thank hfritzinger
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

We were just there yesterday...this was our 10th time. And it is always exciting and new! Take your time, pack a lunch (the food is lacking in health) and take your camera! The kids loved the hands on exhibts in the reptile house and the aquarium is pretty amazing! Sign kids up for the cub club or camps...my kids really enjoy it and I do too!!

Thank BinMcKin
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Enjoyed the zoo and aquarium! Short trip from downtown Pittsburgh! Free Parking! If you are unable to walk the hills.....zoo has a tram car for $2.00

Thank Theresa M
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Easy to walk around, explore, and see all sorts of animals. Guests from out of state felt it was one of the best zoos they had been to -- clean, great displays, and animals were healthy and easy to see.

Thank gooberlucy
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Been here many times, and love it. Highly recommended. The aquarium is amazing. Love the penguin exhibit. Our daughter is 4 and she loves it. Get a wagon for the little ones to ride in. You will be glad you did. It is a large zoo!

Thank Erica S
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