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“Regional Gem”
Review of Philadelphia Zoo

Philadelphia Zoo
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Ranked #20 of 457 things to do in Philadelphia
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Fee: Yes
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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed April 22, 2013

Had a great visit to the zoo! We go several times a year, but the recent improvements made this visit the best. The new parking garage made the arrival and departure process 10 times easier. The new KidZoo is wonderful. The staff is always friendly and helpful. I really appreciate that everyone is committed to educating visitors. You are always actively engaged while there. If you haven't been there in awhile, I recommend making the trip. It's well worth it.

Thank Megan C
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

My husband and I recently visited the Zoo and had a blast. They are really family oriented and has a lot of fun activities for both children and adults to do. We went on the lake in the swan paddle boat and that was really fun. I always wanted to do something like that and was glad we could do it there! I will say that the lack of space that the animals get, made me a little sad. The tigers were just sitting there, they couldn't even get a full run in because the space was so small. That was a little depressing to see....

1  Thank Ericka M
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

I returned today for Autism Awareness Day. The construction I saw last year was completed and the Kidzoo looked great. The grounds are really charming this time of year. The animals are fascinating and the docents both helpful and well trained. I think the zoo has the potential to be top-notch but could use some refreshing. The bathrooms were usable but dated. The food selections have improved but are still lacking. A city with such fantastic food venues can do better. The landscaping is nice but in places would benefit from advice from the Morris Arboretum. And most importantly, someone at City Hall needs to work with Septa, the Department of Transportaion and the Parking Authority to address the issues of getting there, parking your vehicle and being able to safley cross the street with small children. A Septa line runs right by the Zoo but there is no station. Parking is very difficult on weekends but would be greatly alleviated if suburbanites could get there by Regional Rail. And It would make sense to build a bridge similar to the one on City Avenue so families could safely cross Girard Avenue with small children.

The Philadelphia Zoo is one of the City's treasures. It is high time the City invested properly in supporting what is surely a popular destination for tourists of all ages.

1  Thank dendlein
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

You have to love a zoo with a CEO who personally likes to unlock the gates in the morning and greet visitors. The new KidZoo U is now open and it is fantastic. The new parking garage is also open, with an added light, so that you can now get onto 76 without u-turns, illegal lefts, etc. The keepers at this zoo are wonderful, very forthcoming with information and facts, very open to chatting. You can bring in your own food, and there are lots of shady, scenic picnic tables available. If you are local, however, the best value is to buy a membership. Admission isn't cheap, and if you add in any parking, a ride on the carousel, or any of the internior attractions, then as long as you visit the zoo more than once per year, it is definately cheaper to become a member. We have been going once a month from April til October for about four years and the animals are always doing something different, plus Boo at the Zoo is always worthwhile. If you aren't local, it still may be worthwhile if the Philly Zoo has reciprocity with your local zoos.

1  Thank PantlessWonder
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

The Philadelphia Zoo itself is a great place. The trails throughout were fairly uncrowded and there was a good mix of indoor and outdoor exhibits to choose from including their brand new addition, the KidZooU, a great area to learn more about all the interesting animals within and to interact with them. The concessions were pricey as it typical, but not too outrageous and there were some fun activities like a carousel and swan boats that you could pay a small fee to enjoy. Admission is not cheap, so plan to stay the day and make your trip worthwhile. There is also now a parking garage that is a short walk so parking is a bit easier, also not cheap, but worth it if you are unfamiliar with the area, or do not want to walk far. The areas overall looked fairly clean and there were zoo workers located throughout if help was needed. My biggest issue had nothing to do with the Zoo itself, but the horribly obnoxious patrons that were in attendance. I found myself wondering where these loonies came from, screaming at the animals, pounding on the glass of their habitats, etc. And this was not in just one instance! Grandparents encouraging their young grandchildren to antagonize animals and the parents laughing along as though it were not only ok, but fun to do! Ugh. Sadly, I found myself wishing that those were the creatures that were in cages instead of the beautiful species we were there to see. Some highlights though when we were thankfully in more tame settings, an otter chasing it's tail under water right in front of us, a gibbon and what he guessed was it's father playing a game of tag, some peacocks on the loose in the park, and the cutest smiling frog I have ever seen. Go enjoy it for yourself, but please beware the animals that are walking around the zoo with you...

3  Thank Lauren S
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