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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  • From the Philadelphia Museum of art also went about 10 minutes by bus, surpassed. In Zoo history, types of animals to observe, just around the corner.
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  • We went during January so it was cold, despite the temperatures we were blown away by this zoo. The exhibits are amazing and the animals are just held in captive, they have free reign to walk around o...  more »
  • This is an amazing place to go in the summer when it is warm I go here every year in the summertime.  more »
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  • We went on a cold day off from school and were delighted to have individual time with both active-duty and off-duty docents. What a treat to get this experience. Love the trails for the tigers when they walk over the pedestrian path. So nice to see the environmental efforts of this zoo. The buildings are compliant and the plants are native. Love these efforts by this national landmark.
  • The Philadelphia Zoo is the oldest zoo in the country. It is both fun and interactive with plenty to do. There are times where you can meet the zoo keepers for several different animal exhibits. They also let monkeys and big cats out into a cage-like tunnel so they can roam outside their own exhibits and can be found throughout the park itself. A lot to see. Highly recommend it.
  • This is the oldest zoo in the history of America. Fun, fun, and fun! It is a lovely place to spend a whole day JUST remember to pack the following: 1- enough water and drinks 2- lunch and snack 3- good camera to take memorable photos 4- If you have kids bring swim suits/towels so that they can play at the water fountains. 5- a picnic mat so that you can relax and enjoy watching the view. It is good to bring a cooler with you if you have one or a wagon to put all of your stuff and drag it. If you don't have one you could rent it for 10$. Also you MUST wear comfortable shoes as you will walk for LONG. During this time of the year, don't forget to apply enough sunblock with water resistant before you go especially for the kids.
  • AWESOME place! We LOVE the Philadelphia Zoo! We have gone here at least twice a year since we moved to the Philadelphia Zoo. My favorite is the Great Apes exhibit. I LOVE watching the orangutans and gorillas. I can sit there for hours! The zoo is very educational, has great exhibits, food stands if you or the kids get hungry, and well placed restrooms. If you drive here, they also have 2 parking lots with lots of parking available.
  • Beauty of a zoo, great, friendly and informative staff. Very clean throughout, child friendly with interactive exhibits, a petting zoo, and playground just for them. A tethered hot air balloon ride that rises above the park (for an additional cost) greets you at the entrance. The history, buildings, lake, landscapes and exhibits provide plenty of opportunity for loveley pics and memories. You can see it all at your leisure in about 6 hours or less. Parking is available at the park for a fee or if your able bodied you can find parking around the area for free and walk a few blocks. Pack a lunch, snacks, some water and a good attitude and you'll have a great time. s

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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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