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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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“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 2 days ago via mobile

Early September Tuesday, very off day, no crowds, some women with babies. No school groups. Perfect temperature. What could go wrong? Simply average. As residents and lovers of animals, we surprised ourselves that we haven't been there sooner having lived here three years. We had...More

Thank Keffco
Reviewed 3 days ago

Our first time to this zoo.. and we have visit many zoos wherever we go.. We found this one is good enough size for kids. Not too big and not too small. Plenty of animals to see and touch. They also have very nice indoor...More

Thank Yokouno
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great way to spend the day. Really liked seeing the animals inside and out. Hippos are my favorite you can feed them too, and the money goes to a great cause! Lots of friendly staff throughout to guide you and give you interesting facts about...More

Thank Dan S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved to be able to walk into the bird cage section. Lots of people working and explaining things . Lots of places to eat, lots of food selections. Got to see the tiger right up on the glass !!! Hippos didn't move. Lol Lots of...More

Thank ciz2676
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a nice day trip. You need definitely 5 hours or more. The animals are great, this zoo has a lot of different animals. You can have lunch there as well. Especially for children's has the zoo playgrounds. This time we took the phlash...More

Thank Rike130889
Reviewed 1 week ago

A charming zoo with nicely exhibited animals and some very special treats-overhead mesh passageways that allow big cats and primates-not in same system-to traverse around the zoo. A decent collection of different types of animals with a fun children's zoo as well.

Thank frequentraveler13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a great day. Food was healthy and delicious and fresh. It was a perfect day. Swan ride was also nice.

Thank Darla D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Phila Zoo has taken care to develop natural habitats that mimic those of the animals ancestry. I used to go all the time until the gorilla family headed by John was killed in a fire many years ago. I was devastated. When I was...More

Thank Jamalily
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I thought this zoo was amazing. I saw so many different animals and there was so much to see. I walked around the entire zoo and so enjoyed my visit there. I would recommend this zoo.

Thank Deborah W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm not a huge fan of zoos, let's get that out of the way. However, the Philadelphia Zoo was one of the cleanest I've visited. They really seem to go above and beyond to make sure that their animals are comfortable.

Thank Noel C
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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
18 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.