Pittsburgh Zoo And Ppg AquariumCurrently Closed
- Address: 7340 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, United States
- Timings: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-4126653640
- Ticket Price: 13 USD
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Zoo, Aquarium, Tourist Center, Family And Kids, Exhibition
Pittsburgh Zoo And Ppg Aquarium - Review
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is located in Highland Park. It is one of only six major zoo and aquarium combinations in all of the United States. Spanning over a massive 77 acres of land, The Pittsburgh Zoo is one of the most famous of its kind in the country, exhibiting more than 4,000 animals over 475 species. These include 20 threatened or endangered animals as well, which makes the Pittsburgh Zoo a very important place.
The Pittsburgh Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It was opened way back in 1898, when it was known as the Highland Park Zoo. Today, the zoo is divided into seven sections, each of which focuses on a particular aspect. These sections include Kid’s Kingdom, which contains many interactive exhibits and petting areas for the children. The PPG Aquarium is a gigantic two story building that houses several habitats, including a magical tropical rainforest inhabited by tamarins and piranhas. The Asian Forest, Tropical Forest & African Savanna sections strive to recreate the natural living environments as much as possible, and include many rare creatures, from Amur Tigers & Snow Leopards to Komodo Dragons and poison dart frogs.
- The Bear exhibit has been around since 1937, and is standing strong even today. It houses American Black Bears, Spectacles Bears and a Kodiak Bear.
- There is a section known as the African Ravine, where viewers can observe cheetahs from several angles with the help of protective glass.
- Water’s Edge is the newest section. Completed in 2006, it resembles a coastal fishing village.
The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium is among the best of its kind in the entire country, and one simply cannot get bored. Once you think you’ve seen it all, you will realize that the Pittsburgh Zoo is a world of its own.
Pittsburgh Zoo And Ppg Aquarium Information
- Be careful to follow instructions about protection very closely as some of the wild animals can be highly dangerous.
- In the event of severe weather, visitors may be refused entry into the park, or if already in the park, visitors may be asked to relocate to indoor facilities.
- Balloons and straws are very dangerous to animals and are not permitted inside the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium for any reason.
- Pets are not permitted on Zoo grounds, in the parking lot, or in cars.
- Visitors cannot bring glass containers, anything that needs to be cooked, grills of any kind, or any alcohol into the park during normal business hours.
Pittsburgh Zoo And Ppg Aquarium Ticket Prices
- Adults : $13
- Seniors (60+) : $12
- Children (2-13) : $12
- Children (<2Years) : Free
- Parking : Free
- Adults : $16
- Seniors (60+) : $15
- Children (2-13) : $14
- Children (<24 months) : Free
- Parking : Free
Pittsburgh Zoo And Ppg Aquarium Hours
- Timings of the zoo may vary with the seasons. Be sure to stay updated on the website.
- Park gate is close on 3:00pm.(Changed season wise)
- Spring April 1 - Friday, Memorial Day Weekend 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Summer Saturday, Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day : 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Fall Tuesday after Labor Day - December 31 : 9 a.m. 4 p.m. 5 p.m.
- Winter January 2 - March 31 : 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
How To reach Pittsburgh Zoo And Ppg Aquarium by Public Transport
- Bus No. 87 travels every 40 minutes, and Bus No. 75 travels every 30 minutes to Baker St at Butler Street. You can also take Bus No. 1, 88 and 71B.
Restaurants Near Pittsburgh Zoo And Ppg Aquarium
- Eddie’s Pizza House
- Bulldog Pub
- Joseph’s Tambellini
- Smiling banana Leaf
- Park Bruges
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Things to Know Before Visiting Pittsburgh Zoo And Ppg Aquarium
14.18% of people who visit Pittsburgh include Pittsburgh Zoo And Ppg Aquarium in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
84% of people start their Pittsburgh Zoo And Ppg Aquarium visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Pittsburgh Zoo And Ppg Aquarium
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Pittsburgh Zoo And Ppg Aquarium
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Pittsburgh Zoo And Ppg Aquarium, Pittsburgh Reviews
The entry escalator is so steep. If you get dizzy easy I suggest using the elevator. The place that makes food for big events did really well. My favorite part was the aquarium. I wished it was a little bigger but it was really cool! Because it was raining not many shops were open. I would have loved to get a souvenir but the selection and price were a no go. Overall had a good time despite the rain.
Although I'm not a big fan of zoos in general, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG aquarium has earned my respect. This is a well maintained, safe, and accessible zoo. They care for their animals and for conservation. They provide a wonderful experience for guests and frequently host events for all ages to encourage patrons to learn more about the animals in their care. The worst part about the zoo is that it's rather hilly, but not difficult to walk. More trees than concrete makes for a comfortable environment, regardless of the temperature. I have visited many times, and plan to do so many more.
Love it here, especially with a season pass! If you're going more than once it's financially worth it to just get a pass. My son has done zoo camp here for several years and then the teen intern program last year and everyone is passionate about the animals and conservation efforts. I also applaud their recycling efforts and their decision to get rid of plastic straws! The trash stations in the "restaraunts" are awesome with their different options. My kids would happily live here if it were an option! Pro tip: Go on a cool morning, right at open... The animals are super active then.
This is easily the largest zoo I've ever been to. It's extremely accessible and has an optional tram as well as wheel chairs. However, be ready to pay extra. Parking is free and the lot is quite large. Just be mindful that the gates close about 1 hour before the zoo itself closes. The animals are either quite lively or sleeping (especially the lions and tigers). So I'd recommend staying for the day.
Great zoo for some exercise! You'll be going up and down all kinds of hills! They have a great section for kids. I suggest doing the kids stuff first because if you save it for the end you will be spent and they will not get to enjoy it. There is also a very awesome aquarium and a little petting zoo area with goats and sheep. It is a joy every time I go! They keep adding more and more and it just keeps getting better!