Pittsburgh Zoo And Ppg Aquarium, Pittsburgh

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Address: 7340 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, United States

Phone: +1-4126653640

Ticket Price: 13 USD

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Time Required: 03:00 Hrs

Timings: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

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About Pittsburgh Zoo And Ppg Aquarium, Pittsburgh

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

Current price:

  • Adults : $13
  • Seniors (60+) : $12
  • Children (2-13) : $12
  • Children (<2Years) : Free
  • Parking : Free

Summer Price: 

  • Adults : $16
  • Seniors (60+) : $15
  • Children (2-13) : $14
  • Children (<24 months) : Free
  • Parking : Free

Pittsburgh Zoo And Ppg Aquarium Opening and Closing 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
  • E2
  • Smiling banana Leaf
  • Park Bruges

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Pittsburgh Zoo And Ppg Aquarium, Pittsburgh Reviews

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  • The zoo here was very nice and had a lot of animals on exhibit to see. However the aquarium is what really makes the trip to the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium worth it. They had many wonderful sea creatures to look see. It is well worth the trip, even if you have to drive a couple hours away to visit.

  • This is a great zoo and certainly one of the best I’ve been to in the US. The place is well-designed and organized to prevent you from feeling like you’re being herded through the space. There are subtle branches that allow you to veer off and take alternative pathways through the zoo. The environments are also well-designed and appear more natural than most other zoos I’ve visited. This zoo seems genuinely concerned with issues of sustainability and conservation as evidenced from various signage and instruments of green technology dotted throughout the zoo. The new fit path at the entrance is also a nice touch encouraging visitors to exercise while creating a more naturalistic start to the zoo experience. This zoo really has tried to make the place more interactive over the years we’ve been visiting. I am saddened to see the old brown bear den converted into the Beer Den, but I suppose these are the kinds of touches modern audiences desire. The PPG Aquarium is world class and rivals the one in Baltimore as my all-time favorite. There is an amazing diversity of aquatic life on display here. The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium are must sees in the area.

  • Great Zoo and includes an aquarium for one reasonable price. This Zoo is nicer than some major cities setups and quite a gem in Pittsburgh's cultural collection. Some of the best newer exhibits include an underwater tunnel to view Polar bears and sea otters, an addition to the elephant shelter, and a new redesigned food pavilion. Kids will love all animals and the playground at Kid's kingdom.

  • The Pittsburgh Zoo never gets old. So many animals to look at. My favorite is the aquarium. Who doesn't love sharks?!?! It's just a beautiful place to go and the whole family will enjoy.... guaranteed!

  • This is a fun place to spend the day for all ages. They have a wide range of animals for you to view, some of the parts of zoo have been updated. The new born hippo is always fun to watch swim. During the cold months we like to go and watch the polar bear swim.

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