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Elmwood Park Zoo

A community zoo dedicated to habitat conservation

Elmwood Park Zoo

Hand feed lovable giraffes at Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown. Credit: Photo courtesy Elmwood Park Zoo



Featuring over 100 exotic and endangered species, Elmwood Park Zoo is the perfect destination for family fun.

Get up close and personal with majestic jaguars, hand feed lovable giraffes, say hello to barn animals, take a zip line across bison and elk exhibits and enjoy your time exploring and learning about the zoo’s unique collection of animals.

The 16-acre zoo has fun for the entire family – even a bar for guests 21 and over!

Opened in 1924 with just a handful of white-tailed deer, Elmwood Park Zoo now welcomes more than half of a million visitors a year and has grown to become one of the top destinations in the Philadelphia area.

Treetop Adventures

Treetop Adventures features more than 70 challenge games and zip lines that span up to 50 feet above the ground in the trees of the zoo – not to mention Pennsylvania’s only location to zip line over animal exhibits!

With adventure options for every experience level, Treetop Adventures can be enjoyed in addition to a day at the zoo or as a day (or night!) of fun in itself.

The park includes full and half-course options, a bungee-jump style leap and exhilarating zip lines that bring adventurers up close and personal with the zoo’s bison and elk.

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Majestic Predators

Opening Summer 2016, the zoo’s multi-million dollar jaguar exhibit brings guests even closer to these “Majestic Predators.”

Designed by the same team that brought you Disney’s “Animal Kingdom,” Majestic Predators will immerse visitors in the wonders of the wild. Guests are transported deep into jungles, forests and arroyos where they’ll encounter various predators in their natural habitats, including coming face-to-face with one of nature’s most elusive felines: the jaguar.

The Bayou

Inside this lodge-style walk-through exhibit, visitors can discover dozens of reptiles and amphibians, many rare and endangered, including Blue Poison Dart Frogs, Boa Constrictors, and Red-Footed Tortoises.

Other star residents of the Bayou include Howler Monkeys, a Prehensile Tailed Porcupine and African Straw-Colored Fruit Bats.

Eagle Canyon

The second largest open-air eagle exhibit in the country, Eagle Canyon is home to bald eagles and golden eagles. Featuring dense plant life and a pond, Eagle Canyon allows guests to observe our national bird in the most natural of settings.

The Wetlands

Playful North American River Otters entertain guests for hours inside this open-air walk-through exhibit featuring pools and lush vegetation. Other residents of the Wetlands include a prickle of North American porcupines and a flamboyance of flamingos.

Food & Drink

Guests can bring own snacks to enjoy at the zoo’s many picnic locations or indulge in concession vendors, which offer sandwiches, wraps, salads, ice cream and more. Guests 21 and over can enjoy exclusive drafts of craft beer provided by Prism Brewery.

Extra Fun

Young guests can enjoy playtime at the Thomas Kimmel Playground, take a whirl on a beautiful, zoo-themed carousel, learn about the plight of the American Bison in a repurposed train caboose, hitch a ride on a pony, catch an educational program in the Zoo Bowl Theater and explore the lifecycle of a butterfly on the zoo’s Caterpillar Train.

Getting There

The zoo has several parking lots, and parking is free. Guests can also reach the zoo via public transportation on SEPTA. For more info on getting to the zoo, click the button below.

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1661 Harding Blvd. Norristown, PA 19401
(610) 277-3825

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