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. 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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  • August 14, 2017
    The zoo was great!! Fine price ($30 each), we had a couple 5+ minute convos with a few different zoo keepers who told us all about the animals we were seeing. All the animals were well cared for and t...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    We were incredibly pleased with our visit to the Philly Zoo. There were docents at almost every major exhibit, and the overhead trails that some of the animals can use led to some very close encounter...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Loved it! You need to take your time to see all, great for everyone, nice and shady with all large trees. Birds, peacocks, and geese strutting around.Favorates included flamingos, mini marsupials, pol...  more »
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  • June 19, 2017
    Great place for the family. Parking was pretty easy. Tons of animals to see and exhibits to explore. Nice having some indoor locations so you can escape the heat on summer days. The food was reasonably priced. Options were limited but it worked out fine. The beer garden is a great little oasis to check out that had a big beer selection. Everyone had a great time. We would definitely come back!
  • June 27, 2017
    We had a great time, amazing weather. The maps they hand out in the beginning are key if you don't know where everything is. Food prices were a tad bit high but the food I had was decent, they also had vegetarian/vegan options. The beer they serve is average price which I was surprised I thought it would have been much more! I was disappointed that they closed early this day and wasn't notified besides 1 sign in the entrance. They also have a TON of workers around that inform you about the animals, etc. There are a lot of bathrooms throughout the zoo. They have strollers and electric wheelchairs for rent as well. We saw some beautiful animals and many other things. The hot air balloon was not running, apparently it rarely runs, only if the weather is perfect.. which I felt that it was, not windy perfect temp, no storms etc. It is a smoke free zoo which i also appreciated. Overall we had a great time and we will definitely go back again!
  • June 26, 2017
    Lovely zoo. Many animals in natural settings. Zoo 360 allows many animals to wander through zoo in above ground walkways, including primates, big cats etc. U can watch them while they watch u & they check out other animal areas. Great concept. 1st zoo to have it. America's first zoo. Garden atmosphere. Children's zoo. Love it!
  • June 10, 2017
    It was pretty good. I like the glass displays that allow you to get up close to the animals, if they are around. Also, the overhead walkways allowing animals to move around the park are a neat idea, but we only ever saw one animal walking through. There were a lot of empty exhibits (renovations, etc.), And many of the animals were hanging around out of sight, which was disappointing. That is probably our fault for coming when it's 80 degrees out so many of the animals were just sleeping. Prices for food etc. were pretty typical for like a theme park ($3 for bottled water, $9 for a sandwich), so be prepared to bring food and drinks or spend a lot of money on that. Navigation around the zoo was a bit difficult with the sort of maze-like layout. All in all, we had a pretty good time and will probably go back again sometime when it's cooler weather.
  • May 19, 2017
    It's nice. Just crowded. And there isn't a lot of interactive things to do. The Miami zoo has lots of outdoor fun activities and water stations. Which I think would be great. Seeing as most of the enclosures are out doors. But it's fine for a 3-4 hour trip.

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Most of Philadelphia's hotels cluster around the compact city center, ensuring quick and easy access to major tourist sights and activities. The only drawback to staying in this area is the lack of free parking, so if you're exploring by car, considering booking into a bed and breakfast in one of the city's residential blocks. Visitors planning on longer stays can also consider several apartment hotels, offering spacious furnished units with complimentary Wi-Fi, free bike rentals, and access to rooftop terraces.
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