Philadelphia Zoo, Philadelphia
Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Philadelphia holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Philadelphia Zoo and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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Philadelphia Zoo is one of the best in the US! You can see ANY creature living on our planet. Sometimes, in summer, there are more people there than animals. That's ok. You'll still love the zoo.
Nice experience. Lots of animals to see. It's a big zoo. It was a learning experience too. The staff are very helpful.
The zoo was very pleasant and a good way to spend a morning. The walkways that they have built for the animals to go above and roam outside their cages is a great idea. Also, don't miss the baby goril... read more »
Way better than I remember as a kid! The new tubes that allow the animals to move around more are great, really gives kids a thrill when they spot an animal. The habitats seem well maintained and the animals seem content as they can be outside of their natural environment. The activities that cost extra (swan paddle boats, train & pony rides) are pretty fairly priced. $6 per person for the Swan boats was well worth it for my little girl, she had a blast "steering" while I got quite a workout...
Don't visit when it is hot. The animals will be hiding, and you'll feel like dying because food is overpriced here and there are no water fountains or fans positioned anywhere. The zoo also needs some Windex. The windows were all dirty, and on the interior side, so there is no reason for then to look like they were attacked by super soakers loaded with milk. My family bought hamburgers that cost 4$ and were dry. The fountain drinks cannot be refilled. For the price of a hamburger/hot dog and fries, you could order an entire large dominos pizza. Truly horrific. Also, the park tries to paint itself as child friendly by banning alcoholic drinks at the entrance, but you could still buy alcoholic drinks at their food courts. It can't get any more insane than that.
The Philly zoo was pretty good overall. A bunch of exhibits were under construction but that is to be expected. It was a cooler summer day so maybe that's why the animals were more active. Saw quite a few species I never heard of before so that was cool. The one thing we were disappointed in was the lorikeet feeding. $3 extra a person for maybe a quarter teaspoon of nectar. Also the lorikeets are now "trained" and not allowed to fly up on you or sit in your hand to eat. You have to shove it up to their faces else they get a red NO sign flashed at them. The zookeeper said someone complained about birds flying around (go figure) and now this is how is has to be. One uptight person ruining things for everyone else and corporations giving in. Such is the way of the world now I suppose . I
I always loved going to the zoo as a kid. I love it even more as a mother of 2, I love to see the look of amazement on their face. It truly is a great experience. If you like going a lot, It is definitely worth getting the membership you end up saving a lot of money even if you only go 2 or 3 times.
The primates and big cats are highlights at the Philadelphia Zoo. We loved watching lemurs leaping though overhead outdoor walkways and being up close to female lions in similar outdoor passageways designed to allow animals more room to explore. The zoo seems to be steadily upgrading their facility. I hope they choose to focus on the bear enclosure very soon. The bear enclosure did not seem well maintained at all and the bears appeared to be fairing poorly.
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