Advance discovery, understanding and stewardship of the natural world through compelling exhibition and interpretation of living animals and plants.
More Than Meets the Eye
Throughout its history, the Philadelphia Zoo has played a monumental role in educating the public about exotic animals, promoting and participating in worldwide conservation efforts for endangered wildlife, and providing exceptional recreational opportunities for families.
Today, the Zoo is reaching new heights in all areas of its mission as a conservation, education and recreation organization. Its state-of-the-art animal exhibits and health-care facilities, award-winning education and conservation programs, recreational opportunities, guest services, scientific accomplishments and historically significant venue make the Philadelphia Zoo one of the world's most renowned zoological societies and gardens. The Zoo is also the Philadelphia region's leading family attraction, welcoming more than 1.1 million visitors a year.
The Zoo uses all of its unique and compelling features to inspire people of all ages to action and leadership in support of wildlife conservation.
First zoo in US and probably smallest zoo too. But very nice layout. Especially the walking "tunnels" over head for animals to exercise and see them walk beside or over you! Hot summer day - even by 11am most big animals were laying around. haha. But you could see them! Took grand daughter 11 and it was a good time. Trainer talks were very helpful when you found them. Animals looked healthy and well cared for. Would recommend if you go to Philly!
Great place for the family. Parking was pretty easy. Tons of animals to see and exhibits to explore. Nice having some indoor locations so you can escape the heat on summer days. The food was reasonably priced. Options were limited but it worked out fine. The beer garden is a great little oasis to check out that had a big beer selection. Everyone had a great time. We would definitely come back!
We had a great time, amazing weather. The maps they hand out in the beginning are key if you don't know where everything is. Food prices were a tad bit high but the food I had was decent, they also had vegetarian/vegan options. The beer they serve is average price which I was surprised I thought it would have been much more! I was disappointed that they closed early this day and wasn't notified besides 1 sign in the entrance. They also have a TON of workers around that inform you about the animals, etc. There are a lot of bathrooms throughout the zoo. They have strollers and electric wheelchairs for rent as well. We saw some beautiful animals and many other things. The hot air balloon was not running, apparently it rarely runs, only if the weather is perfect.. which I felt that it was, not windy perfect temp, no storms etc. It is a smoke free zoo which i also appreciated. Overall we had a great time and we will definitely go back again!
This is the country's oldest zoo. Great place for all ages. Superb place to spend the day. The animals are so much fun to watch. Food is not bad parking is right there There are many educational activities to do.
Love the Philly zoo. We're longtime members and always enjoy stopping in to see what's happening. The 360 addition makes it a must see zoo. Also, they allow outside food, so it saves a ton of money. But be aware, I have had squirrels steal sandwiches from my unattended stroller, so just make sure it's fully zipped away in a bag.