Philadelphia Zoo

Philadelphia Zoo

3400 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States
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  • Mon–Sun
    • 9:30 AM–5:00 PM
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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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    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
  • Toni B.

    Sea otters are amazing

    Toni Burke · April 23, 2010
  • paul m.

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

    paul muller · April 3, 2010
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Hillard · August 22, 2010
  • Robin J.

    Peacock stalking...

    Robin J · September 18, 2010
  • Angella S.

    see the baby monkey!

    Angella Sargent · August 30, 2010
  • 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 Fitzpatrick · April 10, 2010
  • Jasmine S.

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

    Jasmine Serrano · August 18, 2010
  • Glennie H.

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

    Glennie Handy · August 1, 2010
  • Brooklyn B.

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

    Brooklyn Billmaier · April 23, 2010
  • Philadelphia Z.

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

    Philadelphia Zoo · April 19, 2012
  • Kate J.

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

    Kate Jesse · June 7, 2011
  • Steve E.

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

    Steve Evans · January 14, 2011
  • Tom M.

    If you plan on going to the zoo more then once a year get a membership. It will save you money in the long run

    Tom McGahan · August 22, 2011
  • ❦ Desiree ❦

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

    ❦ Desiree ❦ · April 30, 2011
  • Jack T  👑

    Lots of animals here; all have plenty of room to roam around. This is Americas first zoo. A fun day out

    Jack T 👑 · August 10, 2014
  • Andy G.

    Avoid field trips and little children at all costs.

    Andy Geleff · July 31, 2010
  • 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 Prodrick · April 22, 2013
  • Joshua S.

    See the baby giraffe, she is too cute

    Joshua Schmeck · October 17, 2010
  • 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 Sweeney · February 16, 2013
  • Ronald B.

    I love this place.

    Ronald Braxton · May 16, 2012
  • Jason M.

    Take some time between viewing the animals to admire the flora and fauna. There are some amazing trees to view at the zoo too.

    Jason Mesiarik · March 29, 2012
  • Rebecca L.

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

    Rebecca Lee · October 13, 2011
  • Michael X B.

    take the kids, a great place to spend the day

    Michael X Bell😏 · March 23, 2011
  • Brian J.

    Alot of fun.

    Brian Jones · June 8, 2014
  • Stan H.

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

    Stan Horwitz · April 3, 2013
  • SidJacks

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

    SidJacks · March 8, 2012
  • Jamie C.

    the season pass is worth it!

    Jamie Coyle · September 17, 2011
  • 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 Zoo · August 3, 2011
  • Kate R.

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

    Kate Ropars · July 26, 2011
  • 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
  • Isabelo P.

    hahaha !~amazing here !~

    Isabelo Pareña · November 20, 2010
  • Michael K.

    Perfect for a field trip or to drop the kids off and drive away.

    Michael Knauer II · January 27
  • Nlisah ..

    You have to get the yearly membership pass! Saves you tons of money and is available for you and all your family for a low price. Special membership only visits and savings.

    Nlisah . · December 25, 2014
  • Jamile S.

    Beautiful zoo! The kids love it! Nice kids area too where they can explore and read (great for nap times too)

    Jamile Schmelzer · December 3, 2014
  • Patricia G.

    The new Kids petting zoo area is fantastic.

    Patricia Gillett · November 15, 2014
  • Rob L.

    Saving the planet one paper straw at a time.

    Rob L · October 14, 2014

    SEPTA PASS PERK alert! Receive $1 off SEPTA PZ Express tickets (up to 4) purchased onsite when you present your valid SEPTA TrailPass, TransPass, or One Day Independence Pass.

    ISEPTAPHILLY · September 11, 2014
  • jason

    Some kids loose their nerve crossing the rope bridge!

    jason · August 17, 2014
  • Mike P.

    Season pass for 2 is less than a hundred bucks & includes parking. .. is good for twelve months.

    Mike Pasnick · August 13, 2014
  • Deb d.

    Very good zoo!

    Deb de la Fuente · August 12, 2014
  • Nate B.

    New improvements to the zoo were completely worth it!

    Nate Bronstein · August 10, 2014
  • Ryan B.

    Watch grown men make kissy noises at large rodents.

    Ryan Balton · August 9, 2014
  • Rik V.

    It's very annoying to come to the Zoo on a nice summer afternoon and find that most of the food and drink places are closed. Very dissatisfied.

    Rik Valentine · June 10, 2014
  • Lucille W.

    Ask for a cool zoo map to find your way around easily

    Lucille Webb · June 8, 2014
  • Slightly P.

    The new walkways in the sky for the animals were great. You can bring in your own snacks and drinks, too! They have strollers available for rent. Peacock stalking is also available.

    Slightly Perfect · June 7, 2014
  • eyuni

    Don't forget your sun block!

    eyuni · April 28, 2014
  • Aashish P.

    No elephants !

    Aashish Pandya · July 28, 2012

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