Elmwood Park Zoo, Norristown
Elmwood Park Zoo, Norristown - Address
Address: 1661 Harding Blvd, Norristown, PA 19401, USA
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
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About Elmwood Park Zoo, Norristown
The Elmwood Park Zoo is located in Norristown, Pennsylvania. The zoo first opened in 1924, when a private landowner donated a small piece of property and a handful of white-tailed deer to the borough of Norristown. As time progressed, upgrades became imperative to the living conditions of the animals. The first change was the design of the cages which went from wire, the norm for the early 20th century, to realistic habitats. The first animals that were exhibited came from North and South America. The zoo’s funds were mostly given to them by the Norristown Zoological Society. The NZS achieved non-profit status as an organization in 1985 and took over ownership of the Elmwood Park Zoo from the municipality of Norristown. The first huge operation that went into action was the expansion of the park that was completed in 2002, and the park size doubled from its original 8-acre size. From 1999-2002, the Elmwood Park Zoo added more offices and shops to help regulate the business flow. The most popular spot at the EPZ is their interactive playground that was made in 2001. A year later, it included more common canines and rare weasels, specifically the endangered black-footed ferret. That same year, this zoo finished its Oberkircher Discovery Center, an educational facility. Ever since the major renovations to the park over the years, the park now receives over half a million guests per year. The EPZ continues to make entertaining tourists a top priority as well as providing them safe, sanitary, family-oriented, fun-filled activities. Despite advancing old constructions, the zoo still has historical landmarks up for display, including their oldest office built in 1924. To this day, business is booming and the community remains at the heart of EPZ’s operations.Wikipedia
Overview of Elmwood Park Zoo
Walking past the city of Norristown, you will come across Elmwood Park Zoo. Elmwood Park Zoo is often skipped on the visit, owing to the plethora of other prime attractions of Norristown.
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I have a two year old and his grandparents gifted us a membership. We go here at least once a week and my son loves it! Just know that not everything is open during the off season, sometimes the rides, feeding the animals, or certain food booths are closed. We don't typically do those, though, so it doesn't bother me. We usually play on the (beautiful) playground until he gets tired and then walk around and look at animals. The animals are very well cared for and the staff are all super nice and knowledgeable. You get a sense that they love their jobs! Also they take care of the grounds and landscaping, keep it clean and pristine looking. I recommend this place to all my friends we just love it!
The best zoo by far in this area! As you get older Zoos can be slightly sad. The animals seem down and it just breaks my heart BUT this Zoo is NOT like that at all! I stopped going to Zoos because they made me feel sad specially because I love animals so much. I know they help but you get it anyway, the animals here are happy and playful. They have less off a cage feeling to the way they have the animals loving and more of a out in the wilderness feel. I actually feel excited to go here and I lost all interest in zoos. So thank you Elmwood Zoo. I'm glad I can see the animals I love but also know and see that they are happy and content. Plus they have so many extras like Zip lining and they even have an outdoor bar area for the parents. They are most known for being able to feed the giraffes but you can actually feed other animals as well! I highly recommend this Zoo I went on Labor Day and it was so much fun! I can't wait to go back next season and try the zip lining!
Well run place with friendly staff. They have a nice selection of animals for a small zoo. Also, a perfect size place for your toddler to walk around without being overwhelmed.
A smaller zoo with limited animals but it does offer a cozy atmosphere for young children to go for a 2 hour experience. Giraffe and jaguars along with the bald eagles were the animals that were interesting. The new exhibits were under construction. The kids had some fun at the play area. Free parking is nice. This zoo doesn't come close to the ones in Philadelphia.
This isn't the Philadelphia Zoo by any stretch, but it isn't who they're trying to be. It's an excellent small zoo and for the most part the animals seem really happy (everyone but the alligator, who was in a depressing enclosure). Inexpensive to visit and my 18 month old loved it. I highly recommend a visit.