Pittsburgh Zoo And Ppg Aquarium218 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 04:00 pm]
- 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, Family And Kids, Exhibition
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 Travel Tips
- 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.
Entrance Ticket Details For Pittsburgh Zoo And Ppg Aquarium
- 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
- 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.
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14.04% of people who visit Pittsburgh include Pittsburgh Zoo And Ppg Aquarium in their plan
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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
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Pittsburgh Zoo And Ppg Aquarium Reviews & Ratings
This zoo is surprisingly good. Its literally right at the top of the Highland Park neighborhood, nestled in like its just another house on the block. On a nice sunny day in Pittsburgh (those do happen periodically), you cant beat an afternoon walking through the exhibits. Animals are close up and interactive, especially the elephants, lions, giraffes and zebras. Best part for us was the red panda exhibit, they are amazing creatures, for an additional fee, you can go in and feed them, same with some of the other animals in the zoo (penguins, giraffes, etc).
My son has down syndrome I love to watch how excited he gets to see animals he will never get to see anywhere else. He loves to go there and identify the animals. Easy parking the escalator is a favorite of my son as well. There is food and drinks and rides for the kids. There are special events on certain days and is handicap accessible.
The "boardwalk, double-door" area into the woods surrounding the Kids Kingdom was amazing! Very well done! We were very disappointed in the amount of TLC the entire park needed. Many of the habitats were in desperate need of cleaning (I realize it is an outdoor area for animals) but some places really needed help). I hope they can get more funding and volunteers to help. We were also very sad that many of the animals were at their hatch door by 4 pm (closes at 5), so we could not see them. Worst of all, we arrived shortly after opening and went immediately to the Village to get a scooter. Being in PA, we knew it would be serious hills all day. They had dozens of electric scooters sitting there. Cool. I asked to rent one. The young man told me all were reserved online on the website so none were available. Being from out of state and my first time there, how would I know to go online and reserve one! We were on vacation, so I did not have my computer with me, either. I was not happy!! I walk with a cane (Rheumatoid arthritis and Fibromyalgia) so walking all day and hills would be horrible. Whatever happened to first come, first served!! At least hold back a number of them for out of state, first-time visitors that do not know about this horrible plan! There were rarely any benches for me (and others) to use to gather ourselves with so much walking, standing and hills. Severely disappointed!! A manual wheelchair would have been available; however, did I mention it is PA and the massive amounts of steep hills? My son would not have been able to push me in it, so what would be the point of it. Sad... P.S. Please go visit the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. It is amazing!!
love this place. the polar bear is on if the coolest things to see play when he is out. the layout is great as it is one giant circle so you would have to go out of you way to ship anything. the newest thing is now they serve beer there. i can see where this can easy go very wrong but at least the beer choices are good. I cant say it enough that the ugh have some neat animals to see.
Very clean, nice , cheap prices, very informant!! I personally feel bad for the caged animals and , feel guilty every time I go!! But I love to be able to see all of them in one place!! They gorgeous the park is gorgeous!! Nice place to get a lot of home grown good old fashion exercise!! Train available for the handicap accessible!! Which gets you as up close and personal as is safely can!! It can be used by every one not just the handicap!! Very nice place over all