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Philadelphia Zoo

#22 of 443 things to do in Philadelphia Features Animals
3400 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104-1196
+1 215-243-1100
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Situated on 42 acres of beautiful gardens, the Philadelphia Zoo, America's first zoo, is home to nearly 1,300 animals, many rare and endangered. Polar bears, African lions, Amur tigers, a white rhino, giraffes and more call this oasis home. As Philadelphia's leading cultural destination the Zoo boasts award-winning exhibits such as First Niagara Big Cats Falls, McNeil Avian Center, and PECO Primate Reserve.
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  • Very good35%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
3400 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104-1196
+1 215-243-1100
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

With family of 4, we paid $23 per adult, $19 per child, and $16 for parking, that's over a $100 just to get it the gate. They setup a new exhibition to showcase the new animals inside the Zoo, but they charge extra to go...More

Thank Calvin L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The kids had a great time in Phili zoo. The maps provided in the entrance had enough graphics for the kids to get situated and guide the adults. The enjoyed every attraction and we spend a good 4 hours. There are many places to eat...More

Thank juan_la83
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great zoo. We love it here. We have been here many times and try to come back every couple years!! Our kids are 5,6,10 and 11 and they all enjoy some aspect of the zoo trip!

Thank B7983SDjulieh
Reviewed 3 days ago

The bird house was neat and the polar bears were awesome. I also like the zebras and giraffes that were together. There was also the biggest tiger I have ever seen.

Thank Tmoneyc
Reviewed 4 days ago

I have definitely been to better parks. There seemed to be a lot of empty cages. I am sure that they do have a reason moving the animals. I have been to zoos that provided better photo opportunities. They did have nice kangaroo exhibit. I...More

Thank Rachel S
Reviewed 6 days ago

I've been to many, many zoos with my kids, and this one is easily one of the best. This zoo has everything you want - lots of "marquee" animals, lots of different animals, clean and modern facilities, and (especially in the summer) plenty of air-conditioned...More

1  Thank Matthew C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great zoo. Always a pleasure to go visit. Go early to avoid crowds and get good parking. Staff is pleasant and friendly. We saw the new 2week old gorilla baby...mama came right up to the window. Also saw the lionesses use their...More

Thank Laura O
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great smaller zoo. Well planned pathways, and great open spaces for the animals. Loved the open above ground wired fences the animals can travel around the zoo in. Gives them different views. Clean, well kept park with plenty of spots to grab a bit to...More

Thank pelalem
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I expected to be wowed. Didn't happen. A nice zoo, particularly enjoyed the giraffes and primates. Birds (aviary) quite good too. All else nothing special IMO. Ft Worth, Dallas, and San Diego, far better overall. Friendly volunteers, and lots of them. Employee staff just so...More

Thank CharlieinTexas
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The zoo is always great. It is well maintained and the animals seemed happy. We are next to a tiger sleeping in the cat walk. It was a neat experience. The swan ride was fun and relaxing. The face painters do a good job too.

Thank stephandfamily
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Alana F
Are there water misting stations during hot days for visitors?
18 June 2017|
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Response from acreich | Reviewed this property |
None that I am aware of. There are water fountains to drink from.
How long does it take to go around? Thanks :)
5 June 2017|
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Response from acreich | Reviewed this property |
As members we typically go when they open and spend about three hours however the entire zoo takes five of six hours to see everything
is there a picnic area or place to sit if u bring drink and snacks
20 May 2017|
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Response from 123abc456de | Reviewed this property |
The are many spots to have lunch or snacks. A few of my favorites are the places that have just a few tables...across from the bear/polar bear exhibit, in front of the Primate house near the penguins, and if raining or... More