Philadelphia Zoo

Philadelphia Zoo

3400 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Hours:
Closed until 9:30am (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 9:30 AM–5:00 PM
Reservations:
Yes
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)

The Philadelphia Zoo’s 42-acre Victorian garden is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of them rare and endangered. The Zoo, fulfilling its mission of conservation, science, education and recreation, supports and engages in conservation efforts to protect endangered species aroun... (See all)

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  • "... it opened in 1874 as America’s first zoo, admission was 25 cents for adults and 10..." (2 tips)
  • "... into Bank of America Big Cat Falls there is a chain link fence with a bit of..." (2 tips)
  • "... the Big Cats and the Primate Reserve. Watch out for peacocks, they're not as..." (2 tips)
  • visitPA

    Home to more than 1300 animals, grab some peanuts & come roar with us. Definitely take a ride in the Channel 6 Zooballoon for the best view in the city. Read more

    visitPA · May 21, 2010
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  • HISTORY

    Opened in 1874, this is the first zoo in the US. It's home to more than 1,300 animals, many of which are rare & endangered and is the only zoo breeding giant otters in North America.

    HISTORY · April 16, 2010
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  • Toni B.

    Sea otters are amazing

    Toni B. · April 23, 2010
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  • paul m.

    Park in the frog lot on the street behind the zoo. So much easier to get out.

    paul m. · April 3, 2010
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  • NBC Philadelphia

    An early-morning, Christmas Eve fire in the 'World of Primates' building killed 23 animals in 1995, all endangered species. In 1999, the 'Peco Primate Reserve' opened to replace the lost building.

    NBC Philadelphia · July 18, 2011
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  • Jess H.

    If you have a family, get a membership! One visit a year and it practically pays for itself! You get entry to the Treehouse with it as well.

    Jess H. · August 22, 2010
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  • Robin J.

    Peacock stalking...

    Robin J. · September 18, 2010
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  • Angella S.

    see the baby monkey!

    Angella S. · August 30, 2010
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  • Galen F.

    The big snapping turtle is named Meatball. He breathes air, so if you wait long enough, he'll have to move, and that is an impressive sight indeed.

    Galen F. · April 10, 2010
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  • Jasmine S.

    Its a great place to bring your children (as an excuse to come yourself)!

    Jasmine S. · August 18, 2010
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  • Glennie H.

    Had a blast..Be sure to wear your sneakers!

    Glennie H. · August 1, 2010
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  • Fordcast Tour

    If you have time, check out the Philly Zoo! America’s 1st zoo features 1,600+ animals from around the world & 42 acres of picturesque Victorian gardens. Pack lunch & have a picnic!

    Fordcast Tour · August 22, 2011
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  • Brooklyn B.

    Go after 2pm on school days to avoid the massive field trip crowds!

    Brooklyn B. · April 23, 2010
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  • Philadelphia Z.

    Visit First Niagara Big Cat Falls and you just might be lucky enough to see the new African lioness Tajiri!

    Philadelphia Z. · April 19, 2012
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  • Matt M.

    dont come to the zoo hungry the food prices will full on rape your wallet...

    Matt M. · April 10, 2012
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  • ❦ Desiree ❦

    Do yourself a favor and pack your lunch. The food is outrageous

    ❦ Desiree ❦ · April 30, 2011
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  • Steve E.

    Go see the polar bears! Love seeing them swim from the lower viewing area.

    Steve E. · January 14, 2011
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  • Andy G.

    Avoid field trips and little children at all costs.

    Andy G. · July 31, 2010
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  • Joshua S.

    See the baby giraffe, she is too cute

    Joshua S. · October 17, 2010
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  • Ronald B.

    I love this place.

    Ronald B. · May 16, 2012
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  • Rebecca L.

    Do the swan boats, they're silly but fun.

    Rebecca L. · October 13, 2011
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  • Kate J.

    Pack a lunch and eat at the impala fountain. The mist feels great on a hot day!

    Kate J. · June 7, 2011
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  • Gary P.

    This is Americas first Zoo.Make sure you plan on paying for parking here.leave your self enough time at this Zoo very popular.they are always upgrading this Zoo. this is a Great Zoo to visit.Have Fun.

    Gary P. · April 22, 2013
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  • Stan H.

    Check out the McNeil Avian Center. Many colorful birds to see there.

    Stan H. · April 3, 2013
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  • Brett G.

    This place is elephantasic!

    Brett G. · January 10, 2013
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  • SidJacks

    If you go to the Tiger Lot late and no one is there, just park!

    SidJacks · March 8, 2012
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  • Philadelphia Z.

    Connect with the Philadelphia Zoo while visiting and from home using the Philadelphia Zoo Smartphone application. Includes a GPS enabled map, Today section, live Twitter stream, animals and more! Read more

    Philadelphia Z. · August 3, 2011
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  • Kate R.

    Going to the Summer Ale Fest here is one of the best decisions you could ever make!

    Kate R. · July 26, 2011
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  • K12 Inc

    Did you know? When it opened in 1874 as America’s first zoo, admission was 25 cents for adults and 10 cents for children. Read more

    K12 Inc · June 16, 2011
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  • Michael X B.

    take the kids, a great place to spend the day

    Michael X B. · March 23, 2011
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  • Isabelo P.

    hahaha !~amazing here !~

    Isabelo P. · November 20, 2010
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  • Pietra N.

    Do not go on a rainy day...lol

    Pietra N. · 1 week ago
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  • Moose

    Lions, and tigers and bears, oh my!

    Moose · 2 weeks ago
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  • Clementine M.

    Channel six news balloon is officially dead.

    Clementine M. · 3 weeks ago
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  • Moose

    As mayor, I encourage you to visit the zoo. Ride the camels.

    Moose · November 23, 2013
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  • Moose

    How come you don't see any Bichons at the zoo?

    Moose · November 10, 2013
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  • Mandy H.

    Love this place!

    Mandy H. · November 6, 2013
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  • dauris f.

    Imptesianante

    dauris f. · November 2, 2013
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  • Jake C.

    Great exhibits, hilarious staff and a wonderful atmosphere! (Get the Breyer's ice cream, you won't regret it.)

    Jake C. · October 15, 2013
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  • Jaineen B.

    Where the wild things are!

    Jaineen B. · October 7, 2013
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  • Joshua R.

    Animals are still way better than most children (and parents)

    Joshua R. · September 8, 2013
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  • Brenda F.

    Great family zoo, but bring bug spray!

    Brenda F. · August 12, 2013
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  • Myra M.

    First Time!

    Myra M. · August 10, 2013
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  • Michelle A.

    Lame zoo. I'd rather be at the aquarium

    Michelle A. · July 27, 2013
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  • Barbara B.

    New children's zoo is awesome!

    Barbara B. · May 30, 2013
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  • Becka B.

    The new petting zoo is amazing for kids of any age!

    Becka B. · May 16, 2013
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  • Marceli S.

    Cool place, not that big, but the animals are very close and easy to see.

    Marceli S. · May 2, 2013
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  • Sue D.

    New parking garage open!!

    Sue D. · April 9, 2013
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  • Kristen S.

    America's first zoo, the best exhibits here are the Big Cats and the Primate Reserve. Watch out for peacocks, they're not as nice as they look!

    Kristen S. · February 16, 2013
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  • Ying J.

    Amazing!!!!

    Ying J. · February 2, 2013
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