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    Terrible experience at the Philly Zoo. Drove down from Buffalo, NY for another event and thought we would check out the zoo. Well, we should’ve checked the hours first. Who knew that at the beginning of October the zoo would close at 5pm. We purchased our tickets at 3:30 and walked into the zoo around 4 after the balloon ride. No discount tickets near closing?? After walking around for a bit we enquired as to why none of the animals were out. The attendant told us they preparing for closing. Not one animal roaming about at 4pm! We got to see a polar bear tucked in a corner and a lion through the trees and over a fence. Two bathrooms we visited were both filthy and supposedly had just been cleaned! $20.00 we paid (including $10.00 off)! Plan on visiting Philladelphia next year as there is so much history there that we did not have time to see due to our wasted visit to the zoo.

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    To expensive for what you get. You have to pay extra to do anything extra like feed the birds or ride a small train that goes in a small maybe 15′ round track. You pay dearly for everything and get to look perhaps behind the tree over that rock you might see the fur of a mountain lion. My daughter got hurt while there and there is no earthly way to find a bathroom, or a first aid station. You can go all over following the directions on the signs and never reach your destination. After I got my daughters injury attended to in the bathroom her only wish was to go to ride the big balloon. So we ran to the balloon only to find out they stopped accepting people for the ride at 4:30. It was 4:34. I asked them if there was any possible way to squeeze her in I told them she had hurt herself and waited all day for this ride….nope sorry when the line gets out of control like this we close early, she told me. The line had maybe 15 people in it! To top things off as I stood there exposing to my daughter she couldn’t go, 3 more people got in line and were allowed to ride. Argh! After spending $55 to go there I got absolutely nothing that was worth that, and neither did my daughter she is 5 and she was completely bored out of her mind the entire day! I feel exhausted and bummed out I won’t be back!

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    Disappointing!! First, the parking is a mess and it costs $15.00. Nobody from the zoo or the Philadelphia traffic department directs traffic around the zoo for visitors. The ticket cost $20.00 for adults and $18.00 for children is very EXPENSIVE for what the zoo offers. No elephants or chimpanzees!! Two separated low-land gorillas (gorillas are social animals) and one orangutan who looked bored. The Zoo 360 is cool for watching the tigers and monkeys. That’s why I gave the zoo two stars. The pengiun exhibit was very disappointing. Most of the animal exhibits are ok; however, the River Otter exhibit is cool (otters are very playful & active). If you really want to have a true zoo experience, go to the Bronx Zoo or The National Zoo in Washington, D.C. You will definitely have a great time at either zoo; but, unfortunately, not at the Philadelphia Zoo. You can go around the whole Philadelphia Zoo (seeing every exhibit) in three hours; and for a family of four, the cost for parking and entry to the zoo will be close to $100 (excluding food & zoo souvenirs).

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    Our family just loves the Zoo.. we were there yesterday and all the money that is charged by the Zoo (pony rides, carousel, face painting, etc) goes to keeping the Zoo clean, the animals fed and taken care of, and every cent is well worth it. When you buy a membership it’s even better- access to the Treehouse, free parking (a $15 value) and discounts throughout the zoo. Lots of great memories made here, as I came here as a kid and now I bring my own. Love the new walkway for the cats and the monkeys!

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    A filthy zoo with nasty ghetto employees. Extremely expensive. I can’t give less than two stars only because a few of the animals were interesting, even though their surroundings stunk because the lazy staff didn’t clean them.