Visit the Philadelphia Zoo, America’s First Zoo!

No trip to Philadelphia is complete without a trip to our nation’s oldest zoo. We went to Philadelphia last year for spring break. Our family enjoyed the trip so much we decided to go back for another quick jaunt. Our main destination: the Philadelphia Zoo.


KidC at the Philadelphia Zoo

Conceptualized in 1859 the Philadelphia zoo is chock full of history. The zoo opened 15 years later on July 1,1874. The opening was actually delayed by the Civil War!

Coldilocks Chillin in Philly- KidCongeniality

The zoo is comprised of 42 acres of animal happiness! Children see the majestic creatures and their hearts fill with love.  I can attest that adults are equally impressed by the zoo’s conservation efforts.

Giraffes at Philly Zoo- Kid Congeniality

We were enamored with everything from the Reptile and Amphibian House to the awesome Primate Reserve! There’s always excitement in the zoo but our favorite attraction was Big Cat Falls.

King of the Hill!

Seeing the big cats intermittently roam above us on their special walkways was so much fun!  We especially loved being able to get up close and personal to this lounging lady!

Lounging Lioness

Unfortunately, we just missed the opening of the zoo’s new Winter Wonderland exhibit. Looks like we will need to take another trip soon!  The zoo’s exhibits are constantly evolving so going back year after year will always be a fresh, exciting experience for all. We are looking forward to visiting the new baby Sumatran orangutan (due this summer) next year.

Here are some more of our favorite spots at the zoo:

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  • Wow! I had no idea that this was America’s first zoo. How neat!

  • Theresa

    I didn’t know this was our nation’s oldest zoo. It looks like a great one to visit!

  • shelah moss

    How fitting that Philadelphia has the first national zoo to go along with being the first U.S. city to open a public library. The zoo looks like a fun place to spend family time.

  • TheJerseyMomma

    I’ve been wanting to visit here for ages! The cub scouts do an overnight trip here and they love it, but I have yet to visit myself! My kiddo loved the tiger walk. It looks like such a classic, beautiful zoo. Great pics!!

  • Bree Courtney

    1874?! I had no idea, definitely learned something new today! Love the giraffes and big cats…..those are my kids’ favorite!

  • Alyssa Kolsky Hertzig

    we are overdue for a trip to the zoo and this one looks amazing. we’ve actually been thinking of taking a family trip to philly, and if we do, we’re totally checking this out!

  • So cool that it’s the Nation’s oldest zoo. Looks like an amazing one! If we get out that way, it’s definitely on the list.

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