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Philadelphia Zoo

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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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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
3400 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104-1196
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Reviewed 23 April 2016

We're spoiled by living within walking distance of a great zoo in our hometown, but still, I found this one didn't quite live up to my expectations. We were really pleased that the Philadelphia zoo has a number of animals we don't get to see...More

Thank BKDeRosa
Reviewed 23 April 2016

My older son loves zoos and aquariums so we had to check this one off the list. We actually had a membership last year so we have been a lot. the zoo itself is very nice with all of the exhibits you would expect in...More

Thank beachlover987654
Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

If you have little kids and plan to visit more than once/year, the membership is the best deal. You can bring others for free, parking is included and it pays for itself on the second visit. Animals and exhibits are all great. Lots of walking,...More

Thank NJPost99
Reviewed 22 April 2016

We enjoyed our visit to the Philadelphia Zoo. It is an old zoo and very small compared to other zoos, but still enjoyable.

Thank CD D
Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

This is a really nice zoo. Parking was tricky but we found a spot. The park was very clean and the neat. There are lots of different activities for the kids to do aside from looking at the animals. The flow of the park is...More

Thank gregthenewguy
Reviewed 20 April 2016

This zoo is constantly updating the exhibits and animals. If you have not been here in a few years, try it again, I guarantee it will look different. Check the website for current prices, hours and information on exhibits.

Thank Robin M
Reviewed 18 April 2016

Haven't been here in 8 - 10 years. The zoo is very nice, the kids will have a lot of fun. My problem is I am to nostalgic I guess. There were a lot more animals at one time. Like every place else it has...More

Thank Trkr483
Reviewed 17 April 2016

The Philly Zoo is very nice, the exhibits are plentiful and clean. The zoo offers a nice array of animals and most are in semi-natural habitats making for comfy animals and happy visitors.

Thank Joanne T
Reviewed 17 April 2016

I used to enjoy going here, especially as a youngster, but now not as much - Kind of old and dirty and not in the best section of Philly.

Thank Louis R
Reviewed 12 April 2016

A lot of walking but an amazing zoo filled with many animals that will keep you busy all day long. It is definitely worth a visit if you are in town.

Thank Noodlebee
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Jezz R
2 January 2018|
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Response from Rajesh S | Reviewed this property |
Hi jezz. Its a whole day event. If u start early morning between taking lunch n bathroom breaks u cn b there till about 4 pm. N believe it’s something u would not like tovrush bec of all the wonderful pics u cn take in the... More
Felicia M
30 November 2017|
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Response from Rajesh S | Reviewed this property |
When i went with my family i did everything at the park. You cn pay ur parking ticket when u buy ur park entrance passes. It was a no hassle situation. Have tons of fun. Make sure u take ur camers with u.
Ashley J
12 November 2017|
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Response from TRIB2 | Reviewed this property |
The animals go inside and you can view inside the buildings. Depending on how cold it is.