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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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“big cats” (119 reviews)
“polar bears” (40 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 3 days ago

This zoo is not super big, but the exhibitions are well kept and done well. We particularly enjoyed the big cats exhibit, the turtles and peacocks, but we were with a two year old. So, we spent more time on the little train ride in...More

Thank Aryun
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Took my 5 year old and most all the animal exhibits were closed or removed for the winter. I understand that....but do t advertise open year round. There were very few things that were open. I actually requested a refund (denied), but was given new...More

Thank Joncab5
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are some lovely animals here , it's not massive but it's nice. We took the bus here and git here a bit late so we didn't have long before it closed. Make sure you check times as it does close ealrly some days

Thank Cmg1972
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went during January so it was cold, despite the temperatures we were blown away by this zoo. The exhibits are amazing and the animals are just held in captive, they have free reign to walk around out of their cages in a catwalk type...More

1  Thank Cdelaney86
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an amazing place to go in the summer when it is warm I go here every year in the summertime.

Thank Jonathan S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a lovely sunny afternoon at the Philadelphia zoo. It’s not the largest, nor the most exciting zoo. That tag goes to the National zoo in Washington DC. But it was a wonderful almost old fashioned trip through a well-planned, nice zoo. I would...More

Thank Susan C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Philadelphia Zoo is the first and oldest zoos, started by Ben Franklin. There are so many animals in their own natural habitats. There's a children's zoo, with hands on experience.

Thank rose762016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited on a bitterly cold day in December, so many of the animals were off exhibit. Highlights: (1) The big cats: lions and tigers you can see so close through glass. Their areas are natural looking. (2) The primate complex. Adorable baby gorillas! The...More

Thank SusanNYC_12
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As Nat King Cole says, "to kids from one to ninety-two", everyone enjoys the zoo. As a child I got to go a few times a year with school trips and family outings. As an adult (teacher) I got to be the chaperone! The ever...More

Thank P3308ZKsharonc
Reviewed 17 December 2017

So many fun exhibits for kids and lots of great stuff for adults too. Including a beer garden, petting zoo, zoo balloon, rides, boats, and food.

Thank Tiffany B
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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
1 December 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
13 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.