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Philadelphia Zoo, Philadelphia

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A premier zoo for animal breeding, Philadelphia Zoo is known for the variety of primate species that live there. The Rare Animal Conservation Center offers an up-close view of rare species and features interactive graphics. In other areas you'll view the antics of otters and red pandas, as well as the grace of big cats. Take time to visit the aviaries, which teem with feathered friends. You'll be able to spot the zoo anywhere in the city--the Zooballoon, a tethered balloon that floats high above the skyline, marks its location. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Philadelphia Zoo and many more Philadelphia attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Philadelphia trip site.
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  • Had a lot of fun here, spent most of our day here, the zoo is set out in a good way for you to do a full loop around and see everything. We went on a very hot day so a lot of the animals such as the.....  more
    Had a lot of fun here, spent most of our day here, the zoo is set out in a good way for you to do a full loop around and see everything. We went on a very hot day so a lot of the animals such as the.....  more »
  • My wife and I have visited the Philadelphia zoo with our grandchildren many times with many wonderful experiences. We never grow tired of the adventures with our family. The large cat, primate... 
    My wife and I have visited the Philadelphia zoo with our grandchildren many times with many wonderful experiences. We never grow tired of the adventures with our family. The large cat, primate...  more »
  • We drove 2 1/2 hours to visit the Philadelphia Zoo on a Tuesday to be extremely disappointed. You pay the full price to only have half of the animals out. There were lots of enclosures empty. One of.....  more
    We drove 2 1/2 hours to visit the Philadelphia Zoo on a Tuesday to be extremely disappointed. You pay the full price to only have half of the animals out. There were lots of enclosures empty. One of.....  more »
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  • We enjoyed our visit to the zoo immensely! It was a gorgeous day to enjoy the animals, the sunshine, and the beautifully landscaped pathways. We were disappointed that we couldn't see some of our favorites like the penguins and flamingos (due to avian flu precautions). We especially enjoyed the family of gorillas. :) If you plan to visit more than once in a year, I highly recommend investing in a membership!
  • We came here during the Memorial Day weekend 2021. This was our first time here. It was raining on the way here and for a short period time after arriving but it eventually stopped and we were able to enjoy the Zoo. Parking was pretty easy and was just a short walk to the main gate. Once through the main gate there is an inside exhibit, we hung out in there for while because they had a few new baby animals and it was neat to see how they act with their mothers. A few exhibits was closed at this time but nothing that would stop you from having a good time! They have so many animals to see and enjoy! One of my favorites were the 3 giraffes, which was amazing to see because most Zoos I been to either have 1,2 or none at all. Be prepared because it is a lot of walking so bring your best walking/running shoes. Can’t forget the beer! Beer was good and cold! However, this Zoo is kind of pricey because you have to pay for parking and admission, which is unheard of. All of the Zoos I have been to you either paid for admission and parking was free or you paid for parking and admission was free. I still recommend visiting the Philadelphia Zoo. You will have a great time!
  • A pretty good place to see animals from around the world. We were able to see most animals, except the otters and the birds were not out. I believe the birds were in protection due to the bird flu. Completely understandable. The layout is traditional zoo- large oval with a few different paths. We ended up going on a weekday, it was not too busy which was lovely for seeing the animals. We were able to do all of it in 2 hours, although we were moving at a pretty good pace due to time. I would say you could spend several additional hours here watching the animals and reading all the information. The exhibits appeared to be very clean, and there were multiple places to either get food or vending machines available for drinks /food. The day we went it was very warm, we were thankful that a lot of the zoo is shaded. We ended up purchasing our tickets ahead of time, just to save time. I think if you go during the week you do not have to do this as it's not as busy, and you can purchase them at the door. However, to guarantee it may be a good idea to do it ahead of time. You can also purchase your parking pass online as well if you plan on parking in one of the lots. The kids loved that the zoo had a gift store as well, and for the most part it was pretty reasonably priced for a zoo. On a side note, we learned when we went, that this is the oldest zoo in the nation which is really cool!
  • My family and I visit the Zoo at least once a year. Every year we get to see all of the animals. But this years was different. Majority of the animals were moved in door due to a suspected avian influenza. Therefore, we didn't get to see much of the animals. We went on Wednesday exactly 9:20am, 10 minutes before the zoo could open. We bought our tickets a day prior including parking. Because we went early there was no long line. We rented a stroller. The girl there was were helpful and she made sure to wipe the stroller. Sucks I couldn't remember her name. Overall we had a pleasant time. And the weather was beautiful.
  • Great day trip with the kiddos, mine were excited to see animals but that’s where I gave it a 3 star because many animals were missing, the big cats weren’t active, primates also were just laying around, the reptiles became a cool game of can you spot it. What I was disappointed at was everything cost extra, train ride for kids, carousel, food, water, feeding animals, etc. also the zoo keepers didn’t seem excited or thrilled to talk about the animals or get the kids involved with fun facts. Definitely a lot of room for improvement but I believe it’s still a nice day out!

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