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Have you ever wanted to experience life during the Prehistoric time period? Now’s your chance! Dinosaurs among other extinct animals are making their way to the Philadelphia Zoo this Spring. In this family friendly event, BIG TIME: Life in an Endangerous Age, you can get up close and personal to over 20 realistic animatronic animals including the infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex. Among learning about the animals that walked the earth those millions of years ago, learn about how humans came to be and how we have a big impact on the world around us.
The exhibit will be opening to the Philadelphia Zoo to the general public on Monday, March 29th. However, if you’re a part of the members program at the Philadelphia Zoo, you will be able to gain access to the exhibit on Thursday, March 25th.
Tickets are an extra $6 along with a ticket to the park ($24 for adults 12 and above, $19 for children 2-11).
More activities available at the Philadelphia Zoo
There are tons of fun exhibits to visit at the Philadelphia Zoo. Visit tigers, lions, pumas and more at Big Cat Falls. Say hello to zebras, rhinos and giraffes in the African Plains. Take a look at some unique birds including flamingos in Bird Valley. Go face to face with bears in Bear County. Other exhibits include habitats of otters, kangaroos, bats, frogs, lemurs, turtles, snakes, even some endangered species and so much more! The award-winning KidZooU exhibit offers hands-on experiences where families can learn new things about animals!
Another crazy thing to experience while at the Philadelphia Zoo is Zoo360. Zoo 360 is a unique experience where the animals are above ground. See as tigers, gorillas and other arms roam above you, how neat and exciting!
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the Philadelphia Zoo is offering at home experiences including information Q&A's with the zoo employees and spend time with certain animals on Facebook live. To watch recent videos about hippos, vampire bats and more, visit the official zoo website.
*indoor experiences are at a limited capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions so there may be a wait time for some exhibits
Learn more about the Philadelphia Zoo
The Philadelphia Zoo is home to over 1,000 animals that many people of all ages learn about. Opening the gates in July of 1874, the Philadelphia Zoo is considered America’s first zoo. The zoo continues to teach people of all ages new things about animals and their way of life.
Now through March 21st, the zoo will be open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30am - 4:30pm. Starting on March 24nd, the zoo will be open Monday through Friday 9:30am - 5pm. The Philadelphia Zoo is easy to get to using public transportation. If you choose to drive, parking is $17 (if you are a member, one car gets a free access pass into the parking garage).
Philadelphia Zoo address: 3400 W. Girard Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19104
If you wish to go to the zoo before March 21st, get your tickets for $20. After March 21st, tickets will increase by $4. Children ages 2-11 are $17 (after March 21st they will be increased by $2) and children under the age of 2 get in free. You can purchase tickets on the official Philadelphia Zoo Website. If you are a zoo member, you can gain access to the zoo for free. The zoo is also open rain or shine.
*All zoo goers over the age of two must wear a face mask and everyone should adhere to the rules and regulations of social distancing*