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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. Add Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium to your Pittsburgh travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Pittsburgh vacation builder.
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  • This was my first time going to the zoo. It did not disappoint. I enjoyed seeing all the animals though many were resting. Lots of walking so wear comfortable shoes. The prices for food are reasonable...  more »
  • We have always enjoyed the Pittsburgh Zoo. However, we love the newest addition to the zoo. My daughter loves hips and was beside herself. We really enjoyed the redesigned food court. It was a hot day...  more »
  • We went on a Saturday and the zoo was packed! We really liked the new Dinosaur section.It is 5 bucks extra with your admission. They only have one exit from the Dinosaur section and it goes through th...  more »
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  • The zoo as a whole was GREAT! I do recommend more staff training. While in the refreshment line a customer was rude to the girl at the cash register. The employee was very indignant and loudly confronted the rude customer. When the customer had exited the line the employee continued to yell/ berate the customer. The line was full of families! Adults and children!! I was appalled the this employee continued to rant to each new customer that came through the line. This employee was young but there were other, more senior employees working and no one bothered to re-direct or remind her to be professional.
  • We had a great time. This is a classic zoo. Got to see the polar bear and lion really well. The otter enclosure was closed when we went and that was a bummer. The staff was friendly. Good first visit!
  • Baby Rhino born in April (2017), soooooooo cute! I love this zoo. Keepers are amazing, animals are very well cared for. In the winter, they take the penguins out for a march every Saturday and Sunday, as along as it's cold enough. The aquarium is awesome, with fun exhibits inside and the polar bears outside. They're putting in new marine exhibits where the sharks used to be. And be sure to check out the new sections at the top of the hill - the Islands (opened in 2016) and the Jungle, opening this year.
  • The aquarium part is really good. It's also a good opportunity to see a bunch of different animals. However some of their enclosures could use an upgrade, particularly the primate area. I was disappointed to see primarily arboreal species sitting on the ground due to a lack of climbing structures.
  • Wonderful zoo and my favorite of all the ones that I have been to. I miss the shark tunnel though and haven't had the chance to return since they left but I know there is a new section open now plus an interactive dinosaur exhibit. I'm looking forward to going back soon! There is a lot of walking but they have a tram and also rentals of strollers, wagons, wheelchairs, and motorized scooters. Pricey food but good selection. Free parking and decent admission prices. Nice gift shops with great selection. Great place to spent a day with Family & friends. Lots of activities and events through the year too. Open everyday except Thanksgiving and Christmas I believe. Take your camera! Highly recommend!! : )

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