Pittsburgh Zoo And Ppg Aquarium, Pittsburgh
About Pittsburgh Zoo And Ppg Aquarium, Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Zoo And Ppg Aquarium, Pittsburgh - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: 7340 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, United States
Ticket Price: 15 USD
Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
Timings: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
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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: $15
- Senior Citizens: $14
- Children aged two to thirteen: $13
- Entry is free for children under two years.
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.
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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Pittsburgh Zoo And Ppg Aquarium, Pittsburgh Reviews - Write a Review
My kids really enjoyed coming here. It didn't cost a lot to get in either so I appreciated that. I love that the website is updated regularly. I could plan my trip in advance according to what the zoo had planned. It was elephant day when we went. My kids were given a craft to make elephant ears they could wear as a hat. There's a wide variety of animals here. Highly recommend this zoo!
The recent reviews are all over the place so I wanted to weigh in and say this is not the most horrible zoo as some describe. The controversy over the elephants notwithstanding this zoo seems to be moving in the right direction over the years. If you don’t agree with zoos in general you are not going to like any zoo. I have been a few times over the last 12 years with the last 3 years being as a mom. Of course, the zoo is hot, crowded and smelly in the warm weather, especially the indoor exhibits but so is any zoo. You can bring in your own refreshments and there are shade and cooling stations. No, you can’t compare this to a big city zoo because it is small - you can go on the spur of the moment and spend 2 hours to see most everything in the cool seasons. For the complaints about animal treatment: unless written by a specialist I would take with a grain of salt the reviews that evaluate how much green gunk is normal in the exhibit, how old and tired the animals look, what the temperature is kept at, etc. because this is a well-funded and well-respected zoo as those things go...how the zoo is small but only getting better with renovations and addition of a new cafeteria that is indoor and air conditioned...the zoo has a program to recruit and hire local teens for the high season that is very sought after (the kids are supposed to be well trained and supervised in theory). With all that said the highlights are a tram train if you can't walk it uphill, good views of the animals, amazing kid area and playground, newly installed island section including a sandy beach with some chairs. When it's not super hot and crowded this place is fun for kids and pleasant for adults. Avoid Fridays with day camps and school trips popular.
The Pittsburgh Zoo is a really fun plus to visit. It's a clean park & there's so much to see. I enjoyed walking leisurely through the exhibits. This is a clean zoo & even though there were a lot of other people during my visit I didn't have any problems getting around. The zoo is well taken care of outside as well as in the exhibit buildings & the animals are well taken care of.
I went to this zoo for the first time a few days ago. We had a good time! The outdoor exhibits look well planned and comfortable for the animals. The layout of the zoo is circular, so you don't really have to think about which way to go. The construction by the pygmy hippo looked almost complete and it will be a lot of fun for kids when it is finished! The burger at the grill by the giraffes was the best burger I've ever eaten at a zoo. Pleasantly surprised! If you have a stroller or a wheelchair it is helpful to have a 2nd person since I didn't see any buttons to open doors.
One of the best zoos I haven personally been to in the US! Although the admission price is a bit pricey normally (they have free admission days) it is well worth it because of how large and diverse the zoo is! In addition to zoo animals, they also have a modern, expansive aquarium that comes with the whole experience!
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