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Philadelphia Zoo

#21 of 450 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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“big cats” (112 reviews)
“polar bears” (39 reviews)
“reptile house” (27 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 1 week ago

Be the first to visit the first zoo! Check out Philadelphia Zoo on line and sign up for Boo at the Zoo and Breakfast with Santa. A really fun day for the entire family. I have been going to the Philly Zoo since I was...More

Thank TRIB2
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very nice zoo. First, it’s in tear drop format. You can walk down one path all the way to the back of the zoo, then walk down the other path to where you started. Secondly, it’s a good 1 day zoo. It...More

Thank Bertram S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We love going to the zoo at least once a year. It can get a little crowded so get there as early as possible. There's so much to see and experience the earlier you get there the better. Pack a little water for hot days...More

Thank Ginny H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So many animals!!! I loved the beer garden and this place is huge. The landscaping is nice and mature with lots of shade. The animals were all well cared for and seemed happy. I love how their cages had walkways above the visitors paths. The...More

Thank peacebeerlove
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our children were visiting recently from Michigan and we decided to head to the zoo in Philly. We were NOT disappointed! It was hot out, but there was plenty of shade and places to cool off. There were food stands everywhere, while expensive, there were...More

Thank Rebecca G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have lived here about three years and have had a family zoo pass every year. This zoo is incredible; and it is amazing that you can walk under the big cats and primates. There have been many new baby animals born over the last...More

1  Thank kellyl5378sales
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Philadelphia Zoo, located in the Centennial District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the west bank of the Schuylkill River, was the first true zoo in the United States.

1  Thank BnBAntiques
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is amazing how well they work with the space they have. Not only do they have all the animals you would hope to see, but their habitats are very well done and you get many opportunities to view from many different perspectives . The...More

1  Thank Deltraveler75
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to the Zoo to show our 5-year-old son a wide variety of animals, birds, fish and reptiles! It was very impressive! We spent half a day there and really enjoyed the place! We also had a nice ride on a "swan" boat and...More

Thank Serge M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you love all of God's creatures, than Philly Zoo is a place to see. In short, our family of four (with the kids aged 5 and 7) adored this place. A definitive must for anyone with children.

Thank Ljudevit P
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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.