Philadelphia Zoo

Visitors can interact with wildlife at the nation’s very first zoo.

A Historic Home for Animals

The Philadelphia Zoo was founded in 1859, earning it the distinction of being the first zoo in the United States. This 42-acre Victorian garden features plenty of historic architecture, old-fashioned cages, and over 500 different plant species. Of course, the animals take center stage: the zoo houses almost 1,300 of them.

A Unique Zoo Experience

Perhaps the most exciting reason to visit the Philadelphia Zoo is its Zoo360 experience. Experts have constructed wire trails from habitat to habitat, which allow the animals to walk around the visitors–and even above them! It’s not every day a tiger literally crosses your path.

Additionally, the PECO Primate Reserve offers visitors the chance to see and learn about some of the world’s most endangered apes. And at the McNeil Avian Center, visitors can hear the whistles of more than 100 species of global birds. It’s not surprising that the Philadelphia Zoo attracts more than 1.3 million visitors every year.