Kimberly Ianita 2 years ago 0.0 Your rating: 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.