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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” (113 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 2 days ago

What a wonderful zoo. It is so clean and the animals all look so happy and well cared for. It seemed like there was always a staff person around to answer any of our questions - no matter how strange. LOL We will be returning....More

Thank lynnemC3494BV
Reviewed 2 days ago

No elephants. Good small zoo that is well-laid out. We even found street parking on a Saturday. Our kids are used to the Baltimore Zoo and the National Zoo so this was a bit less. Has a great facility for little kids, though. Our pre-teens...More

Thank CatonsvilleDad
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was my first time at the Philadelphia Zoo. I really enjoyed it. Being from DC - where our Zoo is free - I didn't know what to expect. It exceeded my expectations and I will definitely be going back. We started on the South...More

Thank ArlingtonChick
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We've been to many zoos but this one has always been a favorite of ours. We especially love the big cat area!

Thank AshleyLT821
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We are members of a reciprocal zoo and while in the area decided to check it out. The zoo is huge and you can go from opening to closing and still might not be able to see everything. The only comlaint that I have is...More

Thank Melanie G
Reviewed 4 days ago

Ah, the Philadelphia Zoo. A great place to enjoy the day. Our daughter frequents Philadelphia often for surgical procedures and we always make the best of our days to “brighten it up”. The zoo has always been a mandatory stop and for good reason. This...More

Thank Willof72
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went in the early morning when the zoo first opened and that was the time to go! All the animals were moving around. It was not crowded. The staff were friendly and willing to answer questions and so knowledgeable. The overhead trail system is...More

Thank Alicia B
Reviewed 1 week ago

The zoo was great!! Fine price ($30 each), we had a couple 5+ minute convos with a few different zoo keepers who told us all about the animals we were seeing. All the animals were well cared for and the conditions seemed perfect for all...More

Thank Anthony M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were incredibly pleased with our visit to the Philly Zoo. There were docents at almost every major exhibit, and the overhead trails that some of the animals can use led to some very close encounters with tigers and rare primates. All staff were knowledgeable...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved it! You need to take your time to see all, great for everyone, nice and shady with all large trees. Birds, peacocks, and geese strutting around.Favorates included flamingos, mini marsupials, polar bear...

Thank Robin M
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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).
5 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.