Zoos in Pennsylvania with kids

It’s animal time in Pennsylvania, and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Pennsylvania because The Keystone State has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Reptiland

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    Allenwood

    It's all about the reptiles at this specialized zoo, with pythons, cobras, mambas, and lots of gentle giants!

  • Claws n Paws Animal Park

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    Lake Ariel

    Get close to exotic animals from around the world at this fun animal experience in the Pocono Mountains, from lions to cougars, sloths, foxes and more!

  • Philadelphia Zoo

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    Philadelphia

    Come face to face with animals from all over the world, enjoy interactive experiences, witness feedings, and talks at one of the best Zoos in the US!

  • Living Treasures Animal Park

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    Jones Mills

    Over 3,000 animals in this stunning Pennsylvania animal park, representing 50 different species. Kids can enjoy unique animal interactions, including holding and feeding them!

  • Lake Tobias Wildlife Park

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    Halifax

    Amazing wildlife encounters in Halifax, with a safari tour and zoo, across 150 acres of Pennsylvania countryside!

  • National Aviary

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    Pittsburgh

    Houses a diverse collection comprising more than 600 birds from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild.

  • Elmwood Park Zoo

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    Norristown

    Over 100 species call this Pennsylvania zoo home, with some on the endangered species list. Kids can enjoy Treetop Adventures too!

  • Pittsburgh Zoo

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    Pittsburgh

    The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is home to thousands of amazing animals representing more than four hundred species, including 22 threatened or endangered species. One of the many fun family places ...

  • Land of Little Horses

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    Gettysburg

    Get up close and personal with our famous namesake miniature horses and their farm animal friends. Races, Displays, and Special Events are sure to delight the kids and "kids at heart".

  • Linvilla Orchards

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    Media

    The ultimate farm fun for kids! They can take a hayride through the lush fields and orchards, or climb aboard the “The Playland Express” train. With farm animals, pony rides, fishing and lakes - ...

  • Animaland

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    Wellsbro

    Home to over 200 exotic, wild, and domestic animals in Pennsylvania! Enjoy 12 acres of exhibits such as exotic cats, monkeys, kangaroos, and many others.

  • Lehigh Valley Zoo

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    Schnecksville

    Part of an incredible 1,100 acre nature preserve, this zoo is home to over 275 animals from all around the world. They even have wagon rides and paddle boats!

  • Erie Zoo

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    Erie

    11 beautifully themed and landscaped gardens, plus nearly 400 animals representing 100 species with self guided or ranger led educational tours. Carousel and train ride also available.

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  • Jumpers Fun Zone

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    Newtown Square

    Explore the jungle in this indoor play center, perfect for kids from 18 months to 10 years, with soft play, slides, obstacles, bounce houses, and lots of jungle themed fun!

  • Kehlers Kids Fun Factory

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    Broomall

    Indoor soft play for kids up to 11 yrs, as well as gymnastics, cheer tumbling, summer camps and parties!

  • Arnolds Family Fun Center

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    Oaks

    One of the largest indoor Fun Centers in the United States - we're not kidding!!

  • Bouncing Off The Walls

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    Levittown

    Open play and parties for active kids under 8 years, with moon bounces, sensory toys, gym mats, climbing, and lots of ways to use the imagination!

  • Climb a Lot Clubhouse

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    Tamaqua

    A fun and colorful indoor play and party centre for kids up to 10 years. Climb and play in the tree house, navigate the tunnels and tubes, bounce in the bounce area, and slide the four big slides!

  • Slinky Action Zone

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    Duncansville

    Kids can spend the day with a great range of Pay and Play options under one roof, from Bumper Cars and indoor play to laser tag, bounce house and an arcade!

  • Lets Pretend

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    Middletown

    Let’s Pretend is an indoor interactive family play center, focusing on using creativity, pretending, and the arts. It's fun to pretend in Pennsylvania!

  • Colors Birthday Party Center

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    Jeannette

    An awesome fully computerized hi-tech and hi-energy Birthday Party Center that specialize in dance and game birthday parties for kids!

  • Bouncetown

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    East Norriton

    Bounce houses, inflatable assault courses and several climbing structures with modern adventure play features.

  • Jungle Wonder

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    Limerick

    Glow in the dark indoor mini golf, laser tag, multi level adventure climbing maze with toddler zone, plus large arcade, all in jungle theme.

  • Treasure Castle Playland

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    South Williamsport

    Treasure Castle is an Indoor Children's Playground with many activities for children ages 1-12! Come play, eat, visit for the day with your family or schedule a party to enjoy for hours! Family ...

  • Glow Golf

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    Pennsdale

    Glow Golf is an indoor glow in the dark 3D mini golf course.

  • Blue Falls Grove

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    Reading

    Blue Falls Grove is outdoor fun, with an olympic size swimming pool, a kiddie pool, waterslides, camping, and seasonal activities!

  • Shavers Creek Environmental Center

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    Petersburg

    Take time to explore our Discovery Rooms, tour the Raptor Center, walk the network of trails and boardwalk over the wetlands at the inflow of Lake Perez, and visit our gardens and bird feeder areas.

  • Worlds End State Park

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    Forksville

    Incredible nature in Pennsylvania, with amazing views, swimming dam, and fishing!

  • Ricketts Glen State Park

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    Benton

    Take the Falls Trail and explore the Glens, with wild, free-flowing waterfalls in the ancient hillside. A classic family hike with a fairytale edge in Pennsylvania!

  • Mount Pisgah State Park

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    Troy

    A 1302 acre state park in Pennsylvania, with a 75 acre lake for fishing, skating and boating. Outdoor adventure for the whole family!

  • Presque Isle State Park

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    Erie

    Opportunities here for kayaking and fishing, biking, hiking, nature trails and twitching, plus winter activities include ice boating, ice and wind skating or cross country skiing.

  • Pymatuning State Park

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    Jamestown

    All manner of boating and fishing options on the lake, plus beaches for swimming in summer and a feast of activities for winter.

  • Raymond B Winter State Park

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    Mifflinburg

    Featuring a swimming beach, fishing and adventure play plus hiking and biking trails for the summer; ice fishing, snow mobiling and cross country skiing in the winter.

  • Wildwood Park

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    Harrisburg

    Outdoor adventure, wildlife, nature, trails, and picnics all tucked away in the hills of Central Pennsylvania! On the edge of Harrisburg, Wildwood park is fresh air, great times and lots of family ...

  • Carousel Water and Fun Park

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    Beach Lake

    A family amusement park in Pennsylvania offering water slides, bumper boats, go-karts, mini-golf, batting cages, kiddie karts, a game room and lots more!