Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

#3 in Best Things To Do in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
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Key Info

7340 Butler Street

Price & Hours

$16 for adults; $14 for kids 2-13
9 or 9:30 a.m.-4, 5 or 6 p.m., depending on season


Zoos and Aquariums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
  • 4.0Value
  • 5.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

Nestled in the Shadyside neighborhood, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium can make an entertaining afternoon for young families. Everything from the petting zoo in Kids Kingdom to the stingray tanks in the aquarium is family-friendly. This zoo is home to more than 400 different species of animals, some of which are threatened or endangered. Animals are grouped in different habitats, ranging from the African Savanna (where you'll see elephants, lions and giraffes) and the Asian Forest (say hello to tigers, red pandas and snow leopards) to the PPG Aquarium (with penguins, sharks and colorful fish) and Water's Edge (home to sea otters and polar bears).

Visitors said they were impressed by the zoo and the number of animals that were on exhibit, noting that when the weather's nice it's a great attraction to explore. "Wonderful displays of so many animals with lots of written information available at each stop," said one TripAdvisor user. "This is a place to take the kids over and over. ...  the animals are terrific and there is a HUGE variety."

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is open daily, although hours vary depending on the season. Admission costs $16 per adult, $15 per senior, $14 for children ages 2 to 13. On-site parking is available for free. For more detailed information on hours and prices, be sure to check out the website before you visit.

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