The Philadelphia Zoo is the perfect place to take the family for morning or afternoon visit, especially if you’ve been boring them with Philly’s historic sites all week. And parents can get a break on the ticket price, too. (Deal details below). Of course, if you want history, this was the first zoo ever built in the United States.
The Philadelphia Zoo’s 42-acre Victorian garden features more than 1,300 different animals, some rare and endangered. Exhibits include Carnivore Kingdom, The Reptile and Amphibian House, Big Cat Falls, or the Rare Animal Conservation Center. Favorite animals? If you ask me, I’d pick the Cheetahs, hippos, and giraffes. But if you go, tell us which ones you liked best in comments below.
Philadelphia Zoo Tickets
DEAL: Philadelphia Zoo Discount Tickets — $15 for child or adult (reg. $18/child – $20/adult). These are Any Day tickets but check the date range when you order. Fees are $3. Children under 2 get in free.
OTHER WAYS TO SAVE:
CityPASS: If you’re doing the town, a Philadelphia CityPASS can save 45% off admission to Philadelphia’s 5 must-see attractions and you have nine days to see them all (from your first visit). You’ll skip most ticket lines too. Once you purchase your CityPASS ticket booklet, you get in free to the Philadelphia Zoo and also the following attractions (which you can also find deals for here separately): The Franklin Institute, Adventure Aquarium, Please Touch Museum, and a choice of National Constitution Center, and Eastern State Penitentiary, plus Big Bus and Trolley access.
MILITARY DISCOUNT: The Zoo offers a $2 per ticket discount for active military. Get your tickets at the Box Office, and simply show your military ID required.
WHEN: The Philadelphia Zoo is open November through February 9:30am to 4am and March through November 9:30am to 5pm — open every day of the year except major holidays Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Day, New Year’s Eve and Day.
WHERE: 3400 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
SAVVY TIPS: To make your visit a little more savvy …
- Where To Park — There is Zoo parking along both Girard Avenue and 34th Street. Parking in a Zoo lot will cost $15, but members with proper I.D. park for free! Find out other benefits of becoming a member. Handicap spaces and spaces for vans are available in both Tiger Lot and the Parking Garage.
- Take Public Transportation — The Philadelphia Zoo is serviced by SEPTA via Route #15 trolley and the nearby Route 38 bus. In the Spring and summer, you can take The Phlash, a quick and eco-friendly connection to Philadelphia historic attractions and cultural institutions.