The Philadelphia zoo was the first ever zoo in America, and what better way to spend a summer day then to walk around and see the great animals it has to offer. With over 1,300 hundred animals, 15 habitats and 45 acres the Philadelphia Zoo has something for everyone. The zoo is two miles from downtown and there is parking on site. You can also take the bus or trolley there.
At the zoo you can see lions, tigers, and cheetahs. An animal you don't want to miss is the snow leopard, perhaps the most beautiful cat in existence. The zoo also has giraffes, rhinos and hippos, as well as the very rare white rhino. The hippos, Unna and Cindy, are always fun to watch.
The zoo has some great primates like lemurs, spider monkeys and gibbons. But there are two you must see. The orangutan and Western lowland gorilla. Orangutans are absolutely amazing to watch swing from tree to tree, and with the addition of the baby Batu they are a must see.
However the most special animal in the zoo are the Western lowland gorillas. The Philadelphia Zoo has an area where the gorillas can sit right on the other side of a large plexi-glass window. When the gorillas are there you are literally 2 inches away from one of the most powerful and imposing animals in the world. You can look them right in the eyes and hear them breathing.
The zoo also is home to reptiles such as alligators, crocodiles, and Galapagos turtles. There are also snakes including king cobras, pythons, and anacondas. The king cobras are amazing, see here for a videos of the zoo's pair.
Besides animals the zoo has all kinds of activities. You can ride camels and ponies, rent swan boats, ride a carousal and take up a hot air balloon to get a bird's eye view of the city, don't worry its tethered. There is also a train for the kids and face painting.
Admission to the zoo is $18 for adults, $15 for children, and free for kids under 2. They can be purchased here and printed on line. A trip to the zoo zoo is certainly one that should not be missed, and one that you will not soon forget.