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Erie Zoo
423 W 38th St
Erie
PA
16508
Tel: 814 864 4091

Where are we going today?

The Erie Zoo and Botanical Garden offers 11 beautifully themed and landscaped gardens, plus nearly 400 animals representing 100 species to observe in naturalistic habitats.

Carousel and train ride are also available for an additional $2 per person per ride, with under 1s riding the train free, and under 42"ers are allowed a steadying parent on the carousel again free of charge.

Educational guided tours also available, which is a great way to get the most out of your visit.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$8.50 over 13s
  • Children$5
  • Free Under: 2 years.
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

The Zoo opens for the season on March 1 and is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday f

Teachers corner

EdZoocation classes available..

Need a little extra help?

For those with special needs, wheelchairs are located in the gift shop. The Erie Zoo, including the Safariland Train and Wildlife Carousel, is wheelchair accessible..

Can I get one of those?

Gift Shop available..

What people are saying?

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    As someone who spends a lot of her time at zoos and having volunteered at zoos my whole life I was very shocked on my first, and very likely last, trip to this zoo. First off Im not a crazy peta member or animal internet activist. Im a photographer and who got into it through my local zoo and have been doing it for around 7 years. I fully support AZA zoos and Im part of the volunteer staff at two zoos. But let me tell you, this place needs to be investigated! The exhibits are EXTREMELY out of date and terrible for the animals! Small, overgrown,...Read More

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    We went in the 4th of July and all of the animals looked miserable! They didn't have any toys and anything to do, one of the bears in the bear section seriously looked crazy was pacing back and forth and running into the walls. It was a horrible experience and honestly just made me very sad for the poorly kept animals. Other than that, the layout sucked and even with a map we couldn't tell if we had been in certain areas before. Save your money and find something else to do, don't support this.

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    Very nice small zoo. We love to stop when in town. Just the right size and clean.

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    Now before I say anything, let me just say I'm not one of those animal right nutjobs and I love zoos as much as the next person. However, this zoo was horrible! The animals were in tiny cages. The cages that the tiger and jaguar were in was smaller than my living room. That's just not right! The jaguar was pacing back and forth along the perimeter of the cage, and it definitely didn't have room to run. They had a decent monkey exhibit, but there were no elephants. Not really the important part of this review, but really. What kind of a zoo doesn't...Read More

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    We loved the size of the zoo and how very clean and well maintained it was, very nice flowers and plants everywhere. One thing I do want to complain about is the size of the enclosure the jaguars were in, way too small of an area for them.

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by Sam Metz

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As someone who spends a lot of her time at zoos and having volunteered at zoos my whole life I was very shocked on my first, and very likely last, trip to this zoo. First off Im not a crazy peta member or animal internet activist. Im a photographer and who got into it through my local zoo and have been doing it for around 7 years. I fully support AZA zoos and Im part of the volunteer staff at two zoos. But let me tell you, this place needs to be investigated! The exhibits are EXTREMELY out of date and terrible for the animals! Small, overgrown, and non compatible to the animals living in them. More concrete than dirt, which is always sad and is why most zoos no longer have it that way. The grounds themselves were dirty and unkept and the facilities weren't clean either. Choose not to eat there for these reasons. Another thing is that I saw was total lack of staff members or rule enforcing in general, for what was an extremely busy day. It was packed and tons of kids were running around without supervision and were running head on into people everywhere. I yelled at a boy who was mocking the tiger by throwing his whole ten year old self against the glass. Which in most cases you don't blame the zoo you blame the crap parents but on this day the whole park was out of control behavior wise and never saw a people who worked there besides the food crew. I have so much more to say about this place but I would not have the time to list everything. I SO surprised to see such good reviews on this place but being the only zoo around and the next closest 2 hours away I can understand people being use to the poor conditions and not being able to compare them to other zoos. Very sad situation over all. Renovate please!

by Reagan Mahan

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Now before I say anything, let me just say I'm not one of those animal right nutjobs and I love zoos as much as the next person. However, this zoo was horrible! The animals were in tiny cages. The cages that the tiger and jaguar were in was smaller than my living room. That's just not right! The jaguar was pacing back and forth along the perimeter of the cage, and it definitely didn't have room to run. They had a decent monkey exhibit, but there were no elephants. Not really the important part of this review, but really. What kind of a zoo doesn't have elephants? I was very disappointed in this zoo and I think it either needs to be shut down or they need to get bigger cages for the animals.

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