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Philadelphia Zoo
3400 West Girard Avenue
West Philly
Philadelphia, Pa 19104
Cross Street: 34th Street
215.243.5347
Hours of Operation
Tuesday through Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Friday evenings: until 8:45 p.m. Friday evenings Closed also Closed: Mondays and Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and the 4th of July. Holiday Hours:
The entire Museum will be open with normal hours on:
New Years Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day

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 around the world. Cheetahs, hippos, giraffes and much more make the Zoo Philadelphia's leading family attraction with over 1.2 million visitors last year.

Like many other Philadelphia landmarks and institutions, the Philadelphia Zoo is an American first. The charter establishing the Zoological Society of Philadelphia was approved and signed on March 21, 1859. Due to the Civil War, however, it was another 15 years before America's first zoo was ready to open.

The Zoo opened its gates on July 1, 1874. The Frank Furness Victorian gates and gatehouses, and the Zoo's location, are the same today as they were on the day it opened. One of its assets, then and now, is John Penn's home, The Solitude, which sat on the land chosen for the Zoo. John Penn was the grandson of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania. The Solitude is considered to be Philadelphia's most precise and elegant expression of neoclassical style.

  • Admission:
    Adult $18
    Child (age 2-11) $15
    Child (under 2) FREE
    Members FREE
  • Channel 6 Zooballoon:
  • Adult and child (age 2-11) $15 per person
    Family 4-pack $50
    (Child under-2) FREE
  • Other Rides:
  • Amazon Rainforest Carousel $3 per person
  • PZ Express Train $3 per person
  • Swan Boats $6 per person
  • Pony Ride $6 per person
  • Draft Horse Ride $6 per person
  • Camel Ride $6 per person
  • Become A Member:
  • FREE Zoo admission - remember the Zoo is open year-round!
  • FREE parking for one vehicle per visit
  • Free admission to Treehouse and Lorikeet Encounter
  • Discounted admission to more than 100 zoos nationwide
  • Discounts on birthday parties, workshops and purchases in the ZooShop
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