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Zoos in PA

See a complete list of every zoo in Pennsylvania!

3400 W Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Philly Zoo

America's First Zoo!

One of the best zoos in the US, the Philadelphia zoo is an amazing place to visit and will delight people of all ages. With more than 1500 animals from all 7 continents there's enough to see here to keep you busy all day. A wonderful idea for a day trip or family outing, this 42 acre park can also be seen from above in the Zooballoon, a hot air balloon which ascends 400 feet into the air and gives a view of the zoo like no other.


The Philly Zoo has many interactive features that kids will love including pony rides, the Amazon Rainforest Carousel and a camel safari where you can ride a camel through the African Plains section of the zoo. The Philadelphia Zoo is open year round except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

3400 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Philadelphia Zoo Pennsylvania Zoos Visit the Leading Family Attraction in PA!

If you're looking for the best zoos in PA, the Philadelphia Zoo should be at the top of your list.  The Philadelphia Zoo contains more than 1,300 rare and endangered animals, including more than 300 different species and subspecies.  The 42-acre Victorian garden houses all those wonderful animals.  The zoo offers a large variety of rides including the Zooballoon, which is a safari that allows you to view the animals from 400 feet in the sky.  The Philadelphia Zoo is ideal for group outings and school field trips.  Even if you fall in love with one of the many beautiful animals, the zoo offers an Adopt an Animal program.  It's no mystery why the Philadelphia Zoo is the leading family attraction with over 1.2 million visitors last year alone! 

201 Park Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033

ZooAmerica Hershey Pennsylvania PA A Great Zoo for Kids in Eastern PA

ZooAmerica is a great American wildlife park in the heart of Hershey, PA.  The park houses more than 200 animals of 75 species.  It has a wide variety of educational programs and tours, including the After Hours Tour which is available Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8-10 P.M.  Children ages 12 and under can join Ranger Scratch's Kid's Club, which is sponsored in part by the National Wildlife Federation and offers many great benefits.  ZooAmerica actively supports conservation efforts through financial commitments and donations to the Conservation Endowment Fund of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association.  For those interested in working for ZooAmerica, there is a wide array of volunteer work, as well as internships and jobs available.

423 W.38th Street, Erie, PA 16508

Erie Zoo Erie Pennsylvania Explore Nearly 400 Animals at this Western PA Zoo!

The Erie Zoo and Botanical Garden is the perfect place to spend your day or even a few hours!  The park contains nearly 400 animals representing 100 different species, as well as 11 beautiful gardens.  In addition to the gardens, the Zoo Greenhouse contains a large selection of tropical plants for you to experience.  If you'd like to help out the zoo, there's are options to volunteer, send donations, or sponsor an animal.  For your children, the Erie Zoo offers Edzoocation programs and birthday parties can be held at the Children's Zoo Adventure Center.  The Erie Zoo is also serves as a great setting for family and group outings.  Discounted admission is available to to parties of 15 or more.      

1475 Ledgedale Rd., Lake Ariel, PA 18436

Claws N Paws Wild Animal Park Lake Ariel PA

A Fun-Filled Zoo in the Poconos!

Claws 'N Paws is located conveniently in the beautiful Pocono mountains of Pennylvania.  This great PA zoo allows you to get close to the animals.  The animals include over 120 rare and exotic species.  If you enjoy live animal shows, the Wildlife Encounters Show allows you and your family to see baby animals, colorful parrots, alligators, pythons, and all sorts of reptiles up-close!  You and your kids will love the petting zoo where you can befriend many types of deer, lambs, and goats.  You will also love the Dinosaur Outpost, in which you can participate in fossil hunts or take your picture on top of a Triceratops.  Turtle Town allows you to mingle with African Tortoises.  Claws 'N Paws is a fun spot for school field trips.  Special school discount rates are available for parties of 20 or more.

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown, PA 19401

Elmwood Park Zoo Norristown PA A Great Non-Profit Zoo in Eastern PA!

Founded in 1924, the Elmwood Park Zoo is a non-profit organization registered with the Pennyslvania State Department.  Its mission is to generate an appreciate for wildlife and its habitat, as well as promote active participation in conservation efforts.  The zoo fulfills this mission through animal exhibits, education programs, and community outreach activities.  Currently, the Elmwood Park Zoo is home to 300 animals that are indigenous primarily to North America.  The organization is dedicated to providing valuable learning experiences to the community with its live animal shows and educational programs.  The Zoo-on-Wheels program brings the zoo experience to malls, community events, classrooms, and theaters around the Delaware Valley.  If you would like to lend a helping hand, you can adopt an animal and become a "zoo parent," volunteer, or make tax-decuctible contributions.

760 Tobias Road, Halifax, PA 17032

Lake Tobias Wildlife Park Halifax PA Pennsylvania A Fun Zoo in Central PA!

Established in 1965, Lake Tobias Wildlife Park has been entertaining its many visitors with wild, exotic animals and exciting safari tours.  The safari tours are the main attraction of this great Pennsylvania zoo, as specially designed cruisers take you across 150 acres of rolling land and you can experience herds of animals from all around the world.  Take the family to the Petting Zoo, where children and adults alike can pet and feed the hungry herd of friendly creatures. Visit one of the great exhibits, where you can see monkeys, tigers, ostriches, and many other interesting animals.  Lake Tobias Wildlife Park welcomes birthday parties, family reunions, company picnics, club outings, or even weddings.     

18628 US Route 15, Allenwood, PA 17810

Clyde Peeling Reptiland Allenwood PA Pennsylvania

The Best Reptile Zoo in Pennsylvania!

Clyde Peeling's Reptiland is a specialized zoo in PA that allows you to explore the less-loved creatures of the animal kingdom.  If you're curious about mambas, cobras, vipers, giant alligators, colorful frogs, and other members of the reptile community, you can explore them in a safe environment.  The live lecture demonstrations allow you to touch these repitles, as well as ask questions from reptile experts.  The zoo is open year-round and contains a 6,500-square-foot indoor exhibit gallery.  You can view more than 40 different reptile species in recreated natural habitats.  From now until October 31, 2011, you can check out the Dinosaurs Come to Life exhibit, in which you'll be face-to-face with lifelike representations of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Brachiosaurus, Dilophosaurus, and other dinsosaurs.  Also lasting until October 31, 2011 is the Butterfly Exhibit in which you could experience hundreds of different butterflies as you walk through a native butterfly greenhouse.  At the end of your trip, visit the Natural Selections Gift Shop, where you can buy a wide variety of nature-related merchandise including beautiful handmade jewelry, unique fair trade gift items, and rare high-end African art.

7340 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Pittsburgh Zoo PPG Aquarium Pittsburgh PA A Great Zoo and Aquarium All Rolled into One!

If you're looking for zoo and aquarium all rolled into one, Piitsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium should be at the top of your itinerary.  The Pittsburgh Zoo contains thousands of amazing animals representing more than 400 species, including 22 on the endangered species list.  The zoo is active in its conservation efforts, primarily in sea turtle rescue and polar bear conservation.  See all these beautiful animals up close in one of the many exhibits, including African Savanna, Asian Forest, Kids Kingdom, Bears, Tropical Forest, and Water's Edge.  Visit the PPG Aquarium where you can view many aquatic species from every conceivable habitat.  The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium offers a wide variety of classes and workshops that allow people of all ages to identify closely with wildlife, plants, and their habitats.  The intention is to inspire people to exercise their own conservation efforts.  The adult visitors will enjoy ZooBrew 2011, which is an evening of food, music, and the best craft beers around.  This allows you to explore many different brews while viewing tiger cubs, snow leopards, sea lions, and other lovely creatures.     

268 Fox Road, New Castle, PA 16101

Living Treasures Wild Animal Park New Castle PA

Unique Zoo Where Feeding the Animals is Encouraged

Get face-to-face with a large variety of animals at Living Treasures "Wild" Animal Park.  Unlike some other zoos, feeding the animals is encouraged.  All the animals are provided double the space required by the Department of Agriculture.  Encounter camels, reindeer, and different types of reptiles.  Take a 25-minute ride on a horse-drawn covered wagon, giving you an up-close view of antelope, zebra, water buffalo, ostrich, and many other animals.  Take part in live nativities, petting zoos, pony rides, and educational programs.  In the month of October 2011, take a stroll through the torch-lit walkways of the park in Night at the Zoo.  The nightly exhibit allows you to observe the wild and interesting behaviors of over 50 species of nocturnal animals.  In October, you can also visit the Pumpkin Patch.  Get different varieties of pumpkins, Indian corn, and corn stalks for reasonable prices!

5150 Game Preserve Road, P.O. BOX 519, Schnecksville, PA 18078

Lehigh Valley Zoo Schnecksville Eastern PA See Over 250 Animals Up Close and Personal!

The Lehigh Valley Zoo is located within a scenic 1,100-acre nature preserve and houses more than 250 animals representing 70 species.  The zoo is open year-round and is operated by the Lehigh Valley Zoological Society, a private non-profit organization.  In 2009 and 2010, the Lehigh Valley Zoo was voted Best Family Day Trip for the Morning Call's Readers' Choice Awards.  The core purpose of the zoo is to save endangered species from extinction.  Currently, 14 of those endangered species are on display.  With the Adopt an Animal program, you can adopt one of the following endangered animals:  red kangaroo, African penguin, Mexican gray wolf, or North American river otter.  The zoo's signature events include Music at the Zoo, a combination of great live music and a chance for adults to explore the zoo after hours.  From late spring until early fall, you can rent paddle boats or ride on horse-drawn wagons.  The Lehigh Valley Zoo is ideal for picnics, family reunions, birthday parties, corporate meetings, or office retreats. 

222 Penns Cave Road, Centre Hall, PA 16828

Penn Cave Wildlife Park Centre Hall PA

One of the Best Zoos in Central Pennsylvania

Penn's Cave & Wildlife Park is a great Central PA zoo that will provide you with a fun and educational experience.  Throughout your visit, you will learn about geology, biology, and the geography of Central PA in fun and interesting ways.  Penn's Cave is America's only all-water cavern and wildlife park.  Take the cavern tour, a one-hour tour via motorboat on an underground stream.  The limestone cavern is a stunning PA landmark and allows you to explore nature's flawless beauty and color.  Afterwards, you can take the farm and wildlife tour--a 90-minute motorboat tour over 1,500 acres of Penn Cave forests and fields.  See North American animals such as bears, wolves, elk, deer, bobcats, bison, longhorn cattle, mustangs, and cougars.  The final stop on the tour is the Wildlife Adventure Museum which features animals from South Africa.  When you get hungry, visit the Cave Cafe and treat yourself to a Bison Burger, Texas Longhorn Burger, or Chili Dog.  All those dishes are made from pure beef raised on the Penn Cave farms.

Allegheny Commons West • 700 Arch Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

National Aviary Bird zoo Pittsburgh PA See Over 600 Birds From all Around the World!

The National Aviary is a unique bird zoo which exhibits over 600 birds from all around the world. That's why it's regarded as "America's Bird Zoo."  Visit the Sky Deck, where you can see exciting demonstrations from majestic birds of prey.  Pet parrot workshops are available to help you intereact with, train, and develop a better relationship with pet parrots.  Watch Wings!, an indoor show that lets you experience flights of the rare macaws, hooded vultures, Eurasian eagle owls, hawks, and many more!  The Owl Connection will help you discover what makes owls such amazing hunters.  If any of your kids have a birthday coming soon, you can throw a "Bird Day Party."  If you have a deep love and fascination for birds, the National Aviary is the perfect spot!

465 Speedwell Forge Rd., Lititz, PA 17543

The Wolf Sanctuary of PA Lititz PA View Exciting Wolves in lovely Dutch Country!

Do you have a deep fascination for wolves?  The Wolf Sanctuary of PA is located in the heart of lovely Pennsylvania Dutch Country.  The Wolf Sanctuary is a non-profit organization and home to the beautiful Speedwell Wolves.  For over 20 years, the sanctuary has been a great refuge for these gorgeous creatures.  Thanks to the sancutary, these wolves are given food, shelter, and proper veterinary care.  During your visit to the sanctuary, you can take advantage of one of the great hour-long walking tours!  Full Moon Tours are available during evening hours to anyone 16 and older.  To gain an even greater education on the exotic Speedwell Wolves, you can participate in one of the many insightful workshops or activities.  

4181 Route 660, Wellsboro, PA 16901

Animaland Zoological Park Wellsboro PA A Beautiful Zoo in Central PA

Animaland Zoological Park is a beautiful 2-mile walk-through zoo that overlooks the lush Pennsylvania Grand Canyon.  At this park, you will find more than 200 exotic, wild, and domestic animals.  Animland is great fun for the whole family!  Visit the 12 acres of exhibits.  Experience varieties of exotic cats, kangaroos, monkeys, bears, sheep, pigs, tigers, alpacas, and many other creatures the whole family will love.  Feel free to pet and feed animals in the designated areas.  The gift shop contains many wonderful souvenirs, including a large selection of jewelry and Native American items.  The park is open 7 days a week, from May 1st until December 1st.  From November 1st until April 30st, the park is open on a weather-permitting schedule.  Discounted group rates are available to parties of 10 or more.   

P.O. Box 186, Mountain Road, Penns Creek, PA 17862

T&D Cats of the World Penns Creek Central PA

Largest Wildlife Rescue in all of Pennsylvania

T&D Cats of the World is one of the largest wildlife rescue organizations in the state of PA. Privately owned and operated, this expansive animal refuge allows you to explore many types of exotic felines and wildlife. The zoo serves as a safe haven for over 200 of these unfortunately mistreated animals. In this zoo, you will find different varieties of lions, tigers, cougars, leopards, bobcats, servals, lynx, and jungle cats. Bears, foxes, deer, coyotes, wolf-dogs, racoons, lemurs, parrots, and other animals outside the feline community can also be found at this refuge.  Experience one of the many live animal exhibits taking place throughout the year.  All the animals are housed in large enclosures, but T&D Cats of the World allows you to be within five feet of these beautiful felines.  Pick up a souvenir at Howls and Growls.  The proceeds from the gift shop go towards providing care for the animals at the zoo.







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