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Philadelphia Zoo

#21 of 438 things to do in Philadelphia Features Animals
3400 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104-1196
+1 215-243-1100
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good35%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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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

Beautiful features of this old zoo are maintained, with updated animal environments. Good access to food, comfortable rest areas. Bring a stroller for children -- this is a large campus. A great place to spend a day with the kids.

Thank Elizabeth V
Reviewed 4 days ago

I thought this was a decent zoo, but VERY smelly compared to some of the zoos in the southern US. It could use some TLC.

Thank Karen939
Reviewed 4 days ago

The are a lot of good points to this zoo. We liked the rare and endangered species section. The animal crossings are a nice touch. Wish we could have seen some animals in them crossing from one to another. Good variety of animals.

Thank travelvaluetours
Reviewed 1 week ago

The new parking garage is so nice - right off the highway and only a five minute walk to the entrance! Then on the way home only a short one minute drive to the highway. Free parking with a membership. Really nice because you scan...More

1  Thank surfnjesusfreak
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Avoid. The exhibit windows are not clean. This zoo looks like it needs more funding badly. The art museum would be a better choice.

Thank janemagni
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you live here or if you are traveling to Philadelphia, this zoo is great. Easy to get to and have lots of parking.

Thank Janet K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Possibly the most entertainingly designed zoo I've visited, short of the San Diego Zoo. In a compact space that won't exhaust the busy parent, meandering is easy. The animal enclosures provide reassurances to those of us who care that the animals live in habitats that...More

Thank James F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is very large,dirty, expensive but a lot of fun. It's expensive for just a one day visit but if it's possible one might comeback to or three times it's worth it to buy a season pass. Many food places and other places that...More

1  Thank BusdriverPhil
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visit the Philadelphia Zoo frequently and we belong to the zoo as members. The membership fee when joining the zoo goes to help to the care of the animals which is a worthy cause. There are many different levels of membership that you can...More

1  Thank kf9855
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the oldest zoo in the United States, but you would not know it from the exhibits. The big cat exhibit is one of the best I've seen: Kids get a big kick out of the tigers and lions walking right up to the...More

Thank Doug W
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
is there a picnic area or place to sit if u bring drink and snacks
20 May 2017|
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Response from Ivette L | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I always take my own snacks and drinks.
I'm travelling with a large group. What's the best way to get to the zoo from 30th Street Station? How long would it take and approximate cost? Thanks!
3 March 2017|
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Response from seingraham | Reviewed this property |
I found several ways to get to the zoo from this station: 1)Line 31 - Bus - 25 mins - $2 - $4 2)Line10 Tram, then Line 15 Tram - 38 m $4 - $6
Judy J
What months is the zoo open?
20 February 2017|
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Response from Judith W | Reviewed this property |
All year. Except for very bad weather, and major holidays, such as Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.