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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.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good35%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“big cats” (108 reviews)
“polar bears” (37 reviews)
“reptile house” (27 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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3400 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104-1196
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+1 215-243-1100
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Reviewed 18 October 2015

I have visited this zoo over several decades. It keeps getting better with more modern and mixed species exhibits and better enrichment and exhibit design for the animals. I always enjoy going here.

1  Thank DonCapeMayBeach
Reviewed 18 October 2015 via mobile

The best zoo ever!!!!!๐Ÿ˜Š great and cute animals must check out the primate house.๐Ÿ’ And the new kid zoo U.๐Ÿด awesome Zoo.๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ’๐Ÿจ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿด๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿง๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ”๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿค๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿข

Thank mickey326
Reviewed 17 October 2015 via mobile

This is the oldest zoo in the country. The have done a wonderful job with a series of overhead fenced tunnels for both primates and big cats. Most exhibits are updated and there is an emphasis on conservation. It's a small zoo, so it's not...More

Thank joyinthedesert
Reviewed 17 October 2015

Love the lions, love the gorillas, love the monorail - plan to spend the day and enjoy this sights, the grounds, and the animals!

1  Thank Susan L
Reviewed 15 October 2015

Worth getting a family membership if you are local and plan to visit more than once - and you will want to go back because it is so much fun to share this experience with your children. I get my nephews a membership for Christmas...More

Thank Patricia F
Reviewed 15 October 2015 via mobile

A nice zoo with some interesting animals and plants. The big cats are the big draw. Best time to go is morning or feeding time in the evening

Thank Steve D
Reviewed 14 October 2015 via mobile

Visiting from the uk and with out a car we took the SEPTA bus 38 to the nearest stop where the driver advised us that we had a long walk a head. It was not that bad and after 20 minutes we arrived at the...More

Thank matmat69
Reviewed 14 October 2015

My first visit was class trip in 1964. I still remember the excitement with classmates and my Brownie camera. I have been there 2 times since. All were great experiences for a very enjoyable day for the whole family.

Thank alan684
Reviewed 14 October 2015

Always a great time visiting this Zoo. Love the primate house. They are always fun to watch. My kids love them. The reptile house I always enjoy, even if my wife gets a little freaked out. I do miss the elephants. Love the new 360...More

Thank Msbarnett72
Reviewed 11 October 2015

Chartered more than a century ago, the Philadelphia Zoo is the oldest zoo in the country! It's an interesting array of exhibits, and walking through the zoo is a bit like walking through zoological history. You can see how zoo exhibition theory has evolved over...More

Thank ELinsky2015
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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 Curt K | Reviewed this property |
When we went it was spring so the weather was not hot at all.
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Hayley1607
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
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marykaylady90
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
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