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Philadelphia Zoo tickets

Gate Prices Adult $24.95
Child (3-12) $19.95

Brief Summary:

Visit the Philadelphia Zoo, America's first zoo featuring 42 acres of over 1,600 rare and exotic animals from around the world. At the zoo, you can get up close and personal with lions, gorillas, tortoises, snakes, polar bears, river otters, and more with their award-winning education and conservation programs, state-of-the-art animal exhibits, and scientific accomplishments.

See the acclaimed PECO Primate Reserve, featuring orangutans, gorillas, lemurs, langurs and gibbons. Visit the Rare Animal Conservation Center, the Reptile and Amphibian House, and Carnivore Kingdom. Special children's exhibits include the Treehouse, an activity- oriented discovery center about animal habitats, and the Children's Zoo, featuring a petting yard and daily live animal shows. Learn about the zoo’s premier national and international science-based cooperative zoo breeding programs that serve to help species threatened by extinction in the wild.

In addition to the animal exhibits there are a variety of attractions at the zoo available at an additional cost, separate from your Philadelphia Zoo tickets, including the Amazon Rainforest Carousel, Wings of Asia, 6abc Zooballoon, Pony Rides, Draft Horse, SEPTA PZ Express, Face Painting, Photo Opportunities, Swan Boats, and more.

What to expect:
The Philadelphia Pass grants you free General Admission tickets to the Philadelphia Zoo.

Exhibition highlights:

  • African Plains: home to a variety of African animals, including a southern white rhinoceros, a family of giraffes, hippos, large African birds, and more.
  • Bear Country: from polar bears of the arctic to Andean bears from South America, you’ll see a variety of large bears from around the world lounging in their lush landscape or cooling off by the waterfalls and pools.
  • Carnivore Kingdom: 1.5 acres of rocky terrain home to meat-eating animals in addition to giant otters, Canada lynx, dwarf mongooses, white-nosed coatis, red-pandas, and more.
  • KeyBank Big Cat Falls & Zoo360: come face to face with snow leopards, amur leopards, pumas, lions, tigers, and jaguars in their stunning lush habitat and watch the cats move from one exhibit to another in the Zoo360 system of overhead tunnels – be sure to look up, they could be watching you from above!
  • KidZooU: a children’s zoo and education center dedicated to promoting conservation and sustainability education and inspiring young minds with a focus on domestic rare breed animals.
  • McNeil Avian Center: this walk-through habitat is home to a variety of exotic and endangered bird species from around the world. Learn about southern migration in the multi-sensory 4-D Migration Theater and see how many of the 100 bird species you can spot in the aviary.
  • Outback Outpost: learn all about animals native to Australia, including the red kangaroo, the world’s largest marsupial, and the emu, Australia’s tallest bird, and more.
  • PECO Primate Reserve: in addition to seeing a range of primates, from lemurs and monkeys to orangutans and gorillas and more, you’ll get to hear stories about real conservationists saving primates around the world and learn about everything involved in their efforts (and how you can help, too) with keeper talks and demonstrations scheduled throughout the day.
  • Rare Animal Conservation Center: see unique, endangered animals like eusocial rodents, bats with 3-foot wide wingspans, vibrant orange monkeys, and more and learn about issues that affect their survival, ongoing conservation efforts, and what you can do to help.
  • Reptile and Amphibian House: learn all about reptiles and amphibians – see giant tortoises, crocodilians, cobras, snakes, frogs, endangered species, and more. Insider tip: plan your visit around one of the scheduled thunderstorms in the Everglades when it actually rains inside the alligator and crocodile exhibit.
  • Small Mammal House: visit the small creatures that prefer to be active at night in this exhibit that simulates nighttime during the day, so you can see nocturnal animals, like the pygmy loris, dwarf mongoose, vampire bats, and more while they’re most active.
  • And more.

Tips for visiting:

  • Check the zoo’s daily schedule before you go or when you arrive to plan your time there around keeper talks, demonstrations, feedings, shows, and more.
  • Use the zoo’s online trip planner and download a zoo map to create an itinerary for your day at the Philadelphia Zoo.
  • Don’t feel like driving and parking? Consider taking public transportation to the zoo, SEPTA routes 15 and 32 have bus stops that drop you very close to the zoo.

Fun facts:

  • The Philadelphia Zoo is the oldest zoo in the US.
  • KidZooU, founded in 1957, is the world’s first children’s zoo.
  • The Civil War delayed the opening of the Philadelphia Zoo from 1859, when it was first chartered, to 1874.
  • The Philadelphia Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is a leader in establishing and maintaining high standards of zoos in the US.
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Getting In

Present your pass at the box office


Open Daily: 9:30am - 5:00pm


Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day


Ticket purchase required for children 2-3.


34th Street at Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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