Philadelphia Zoo, Philadelphia

4.2
#1 of 12 in Zoos & Aquariums in Pennsylvania
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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  • It was an amazing and awesome day! The staff there was very helpful when we could not find our friend who parked at another gate. Then we were a group of 18 and the gave us the group rate as long as y...  more »
  • This zoo is well maintained. It's very manageable. We spent about 2 hours there and walked the whole loop. We skipped the "extras" like face painting and the train because we had other sites to visit,...  more »
  • Really bad experience do not visit, no animals in the cage, not worth for the entry fee you have paid. Parking fee is also horrible.  more »
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  • This is a great place to have fun with kids. It’s not huge (as compared to Bronx zoo) but I would say keep at least 5 hours if you are with kids , including lunch so that you don’t have to rush. I used The Philadelphia Pass but ticket prices were reasonable. I think, this Zoo is very thoughtfully designed, 1. Various attractions are placed in a way that you either visit in door exhibitions or walk through dense shadow of trees after every now and then. 2. Variety of Food options are available at various places so you always see something to eat/ drink nearby which is very important when you have kids with you. So if you see long queues or some wait time, feel free to walk little further and you will find another option nearby. Maps are useful to locate such options. 3. You can carry your own food and there are plenty of picnic areas available at various key locations. 4. Plenty of restrooms available at various places 5. Though zoo is small and Animals have smaller area , it’s designed in a way that you will have more visibility. 6. Wide variety of animals like Giraffe, penguins, lions , tigers, zebras, kangaroos, hippos , Rhinos and many more. 7. Attractions like kids train, carousel, bird feeding, face painting are available at some extra fee. 8. Friendly staff always ready to extend their help 9.Parking wasn’t far from zoo exhibitions. 10. Centrally located in heart of Philly. In short, this is a wonderful place and I hope, you will enjoy it.
  • This was a very nice zoos with many well designed spaces to view a wide variety of animals. I was really impressed with the zoo staff stationed at many of the locations and were eager and available for questions. This is also a very manageable zoo: there is a lot to see but one can see most everything within a 4 hour visit. The large cat area and some of the more unique animals were my favorites. Parking is also convenient in the garage adjacent to the zoo. Yes, it cost $16 to park but it's Philly! Also the zoo has a rather hefty ticket price so I took the advice of another google reviewer and purchased my ticket at a AAA office for a nice $9.00 discount. My main reason for 4 stars as opposed to 5 is because to I compare it to a couple of amazing zoos I have seen in Europe. This is one of the nicer U.S> zoos I have visited.
  • The Philadelphia zoo is always evolving. When you have a family bigger than 4, you might as well just become members so you can get free parking and guest passes, and see it year round. We are looking forward to cool weather and holiday events, but our Summer has been great. The walkway over the trails really has animals walking through, and there's a good chance they'll be awake if you follow the zoo's online schedule. The food at the zoo is actually pretty good, but we have only tried the basic stuff so far. Bring your own water bottles because they do have filtered refill stations. They have beer somewhere, but I haven't had a chance to get one yet. I think that having beer makes the zoo appealing to anyone and takes the edge off for those without kids that don't like dealing with crowds. Who knows - I'm pretty sure my kids drive others as crazy as they make me, and the zoo is busting out with kids. Check Google for peak visiting times - it's pretty accurate, as parking is an issue, and you can end up in seedy Philly neighborhoods if you don't know what you're doing. Can't wait to check out the zoo at night, and looking forward to seeing if they update the treehouse club. It's pretty banged up, and not quite the destination it once was. They say it is for members only, but it's hardly suitable even as a place to get out of the rain, as there's no air conditioning.
  • Philadelphia Zoo is definitely among the best at least for being the first ever zoo in USA. It is well maintained and number of animals are decent. It is actually pretty big and it’s in Philadelphia downtown. Several animals are here. There could be more shows per day though and shows aren’t actually properly timed with respect to zoo structure. Certainly missing elephants. Do not miss the tiger show in the morning. Paid parking is available at several locations around the zoo. On certain days, even hot air balloon can be experienced.
  • Such a great trip! All of the employees were great! Very informative! There was a small goat petting zoo for young kids..my favorite was the orangutan exhibit! Really cool to watch! We also saw Beau the 3 month old giraffe..so adorable! Overall great experience!!
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