Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Pittsburgh

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Home to more than 4,000 animals, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and its 31 hectares (77 acres) represents one of Pennsylvania's most extensive wildlife parks. As one of just a few zoo-aquarium combinations in the country, the facility offers a variety of both aquatic and land-based species, more than 470 in total. You can explore the zoo's themed areas, including the Asian Forest, African Savanna, African Ravine, and the Water's Edge, and view residents in lushly constructed natural habitats. In the aquarium, you'll find several species of penguins, including king and macaroni. Check the zoo's online schedule for information about zookeeper talks, feeding days, family events, and festivities held on-site. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and many more Pittsburgh attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Pittsburgh trip planner.
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  • Very nice zoo. They had hand dryers And escalators and they had elevators and they had an ATM machine 
    Very nice zoo. They had hand dryers And escalators and they had elevators and they had an ATM machine  more »
  • The zoo itself wasn't bad but they DO NOT HAVE THE DEALS YOU THINK!! They wouldn't give me $2 tickets for EBT, claiming that they didn't support that. They didn't even give me the $2 off that I read.....  more
    The zoo itself wasn't bad but they DO NOT HAVE THE DEALS YOU THINK!! They wouldn't give me $2 tickets for EBT, claiming that they didn't support that. They didn't even give me the $2 off that I read.....  more »
  • Very nice zoo. Clean, organized, great exhibits. Went on a fantastic weather day; animals were very active and seemed happy. The minimal interaction with staff was very positive. 
    Very nice zoo. Clean, organized, great exhibits. Went on a fantastic weather day; animals were very active and seemed happy. The minimal interaction with staff was very positive.  more »
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  • This is a great place to go with family. I especially enjoyed the elephants, although I am sure they regularly change their exhibits. If you go, plan on bringing extra money for drinks and food. A bottle of Aquafina was $5.35. You could also opt to bring your own water and snacks, but make sure you follow the rules. Today when we checked into the gate, we didn't have anyone check our bags. But always follow the rules they have on their site. It took us about 3 hours to walk briskly around the Zoo. If you want to take your time, I'd give it 5 hours and plan on eating. For those with walking troubles, you can rent a scooter in advance or rent a wheel chair. There are lots of hills to plan for, so make sure you have a good pusher for the chair. It is a wooded area, but sunscreen is still a good thing to have. Most of all, have fun! Hope this helps.
  • It’s a great zoo! I love the hiking option instead of the escalator. I do wish the animal exhibits were a bit bigger and they would focus on more education around our oceans. Otherwise, they have a great amount of programs and special events that I love to attend and I’m a member of the zoo. There’s always something happening there! I like that they have selections of craft beer and they’re starting to have more food from around the world. It would be nice if 1-2 nights a week they opened later and closed later like 11-7 in the summer months, but I understand that probably throws the animals off their feeding schedules. Photos are from multiple trips.
  • I like the new part of the zoo. A lot of the animals were not visible or in their enclosures. The enclosures seem really small compared to every other zoo I've been too. This zoo is not accredited anymore by the AZA and that is concerning. There is a huge lack of employees which can sour the experience. I recommend using the hiking trail as opposed to using the elevator or escalator. With a little effort, you can easily push a stroller up the hill. It's pressed down dirt and not too steep, most (healthy) people are able to do it easily. Definitely get yourself some Dip N Dots 😋 they are a must have and a family favorite. They have a few gift shops to explore and scooter rentals. They have food options and you can also bring your own lunch. The food is outrageously priced and often sits under a heat lamp all day.
  • I love the zoo! I've been coming here for years. It has a nice easy walk through so you don't really get lost. We recently attended the Asian Lantern Festival and it was such a cool experience! The adults and kids both were amazed.
  • A fairly average experience overall. There is a lot of very well designed scenery/foliage sections throughout the zoo, although the enclosure decorations and foliage are often a bit lacking. Was surprised to see the relatively small size of many of the exhibits, especially for animals with roaming habits, as well as the large amount of dirty glass. There were a few main exhibits that had no animals, but this was likely due to both time of year and maintenance. The aquarium was quite well done for a zoo, with both good set design and exhibits.

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