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Philadelphia Zoo

#21 of 445 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.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good34%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“polar bears” (38 reviews)
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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 4 days ago via mobile

It was nice for the kids to a zoo outside od our state. They enjoyed it, it was a lot of walking but not alot of good souvenirs. As an out of town visitor I was really looking forward to that. I didn't see many...More

Thank Jen M
Reviewed 4 days ago

The care that the staff take to ensure that the animals are in a peak condition both physically and emotionally is quite extraordinary. The cleanest cages and enclosures I've ever seen. No to keen on visiting zoo's and circuses we did go with the grandchildren...More

Thank Dsmiff
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My fiancé and I decided to visit the zoo today and we were very pleased with our visit. You are able to get so close to some of the animals because of the way the enclosures are made, I love the big cats and while...More

Thank tina0802
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

convenient to center city Philadelphia the Zoological Gardens are easily reached and a pleasant place to visit after seeing our famous historic sites

Thank Lsbtravel1
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had 3 hours to spare in July afternoon. The exhibits were well maintained and clean. The price was reasonable and I would recommend it for a few hours with children.

Thank Shirleen S
Reviewed 6 days ago

A great zoo to visit ... they have many overhead walkways, where the animals can wander around. We saw lions hanging out above our heads, and monkeys "monkeying around" throughout. Really fun.

Thank JetCat411
Reviewed 6 days ago

We were visiting back in June and took the kids to the zoo for the afternoon. I wish we had arrived first thing in the morning. We arrived right after lunch and had about 4 hours or so to explore. We have a membership back...More

Thank Jessica M
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in the city with kids, the Philadelphia Zoo is a must. There are tons of animals and rides, and lots of interactive exhibits and workers to help educate and entertain your kids. If you are coming on a humid day - there...More

Thank jgitcar
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bottom line: Lots of shade. Awesome primate house. Great variety of food. Beer Garden is super chill and fun. See below for many helpful Zoo tips. Beautiful zoo and awesome exhibits all throughout. Our family favorite is the Primate House. We also love to feed...More

1  Thank Loreen B
Reviewed 1 week ago

The exhibits and animals were all very interesting and engaging. The grounds are gorgeously landscaped, lots of friendly, informative interns. It was fun even on a rainy day!

Thank Mark H
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11 July 2017|
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Response from BIKERX1013 | Reviewed this property |
I disagree with my associates. Yes! There is plenty to see on a rainy day. There are many "houses" of animals you can explore. Apes, birds, reptiles and a couple of other inside exhibits will keep you busy the major part... More
Alana F
17 June 2017|
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Response from Loreen B | Reviewed this property |
Yes. There are quite a few misting stations throughout the Zoo. I saw at least four today (16 July 2017).
4 June 2017|
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Response from DannyD81 | Reviewed this property |
Very sorry for the delayed response. We spent about 2-3 hours at the zoo, including a lunch. We traveled with a three-year-old. Hope this helps.