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Philadelphia Zoo

Philadelphia Zoo Pennsylvania
3400 W Girard AvePhiladelphiaPennsylvania 19104
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Before you go

The Philadelphia Zoo - Activities, Animals, & Exhibits

As the first zoo in America, the 42-acre Victorian grounds of Philadelphia Zoo are home to over 1,300 animals, many of which are rare and endangered. When it opened in 1874, the zoo featured 813 animals, welcoming more than 228,000 visitors. Last year, over 1.2 million animal lovers passed through the gates to see the lions, cheetahs, giraffes, and hippos that roam the most popular family destination in Philly. Numerous exhibits, activities, and attractions await, so make your visit today!


Hours -

In-Season (March 1st-October 31st) - 9:30am-5pm, daily;
Off-Season (November 1st-February 28th) - 9:30am-4pm, daily.

Price -

Adult - $20; Children (ages 2-11) - $18; Kids (under 2) - FREE!; Members - FREE!


  • Rock n Roar Concert Series
  • Boo at the Zoo
  • Zoo Noel
  • PECO Primate Days
  • Summer Ale Festival


  • Education
  • Dining
  • Walking
  • Shopping

The Most Popular Exhibits

Some favorite exhibits at Philadelphia Zoo are the fiercely graceful meat-eaters in Carnivore Kingdom, the lions in First Niagara Big Cat Falls, Rare Animal Conservation Center, our primate cousins in Monkey Junction, and not-so-cuddly Bear Country.

Famous Attractions

If it’s flying when you visit, you MUST ride the Channel 6 ZooBalloon, 400 feet up in the air! The camel safari is another great attraction, raising riders to the backs of these exotic beasts for a short ride. The Amazon Rainforest Carousel and PZ Express train ride are favorites as well.


  • What are some can’t miss things to see?

    First Niagara Big Cat Falls is by far the most popular exhibit, with rare snow leopards, graceful Amur leopards, lean pumas, majestic lions, stoic tigers, and jaguars. Cheetahs can be spotted in the other most popular exhibit, African Plains, in addition to giraffes, zebras, hippos, and rhinos.
  • What kind of food do they have? Is it just candy and snacks?

    Unlike most zoos, there are countless options for all sorts of tastes. For something light and fresh, there’s Healthy Options, with locally made salads, wraps, and sushi. Smokehouse BBQ offers hearty, sticky-finger fare, while Ice Cream Oasis has all the cool treats kids crave.

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