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Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium

Get up-close and personal with nearly 500 species of animals at one of the country’s premier zoo and aquarium combinations.

At the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, keep an eye out for zebras, lions and giraffes as you wander along a river in the African Savannah. Crawl through an underwater tunnel and marvel at the graceful movements of the stingrays swimming above you. Look into the eyes of the colossal American bears or listen for the calls of the primates as you explore the indoor tropical rain forest. With over 4,000 animals spread between seven exhibit areas, you’re guaranteed some memorable animal encounters at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.

Your visit begins with a ride up the escalator from the car park. From here, a series of winding paths leads you through the 77-acre (31-hectare) area of the zoo.

Take a wander through the Asian Forest, which houses some of the rarest big cats in the world. Snow leopards, Amur tigers and other animals prowl the undergrowth. Keep an eye out too for the fearsome Komodo dragons. Discover what lies just off the U.S. coasts in the Water’s Edge exhibit. It was built to resemble a fishing village, and houses polar bears, tiger sharks and other creatures of the deep.

If you’re traveling with small children then a visit to Kid’s Kingdom is a must. Widely recognized as one of the best children’s zoos in the United States, it offers opportunities to interact with kangaroos, goats, deer and many other animals. This area also features a daily sea lion show and a crawl-through tunnel, where children experience what it would be like to live as a meerkat.

The admission price to the zoo includes a visit to the aquarium. Crawl through the stingray tunnels, pause to watch the sharks in their two-story tanks, or marvel at fish from all corners of the world in the revolving tanks.

The Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium is located in Highland Park, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) east of downtown. There is free parking and a Port Authority Transit (PAT) bus stops nearby. The zoo is open daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day, and there is a small entry fee.


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Morning Sun Inn $159
Morning Sun Inn

Morning Sun Inn

1156 Portland St., Pittsburgh, PA
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Pittsburgh, this bed & breakfast is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium and 3 mi (4.8 km) from University of Pittsburgh. Bakery Square and Walnut Street are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Highland Park Pittsburgh $400
    Highland Park Pittsburgh

    Highland Park Pittsburgh

    Pittsburgh, PA
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Pittsburgh, this guesthouse is within 3 mi (5 km) of Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, University of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University. Carnegie Museum of Natural History is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

      Hyatt House Pittsburgh/Bloomfield/Shadyside $128
      Hyatt House Pittsburgh/Bloomfield/Shadyside

      Hyatt House Pittsburgh/Bloomfield/Shadyside

      5335 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Bloomfield, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of UPMC Shadyside and University of Pittsburgh. Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Private Bedroom With King Bed in Highland Park With Shared Living Space #1 $500
        Private Bedroom With King Bed in Highland Park With Shared Living Space #1

        Private Bedroom With King Bed in Highland Park With Shared Living Space #1

        Pittsburgh, PA
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in East Liberty, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, University of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Carnegie Museum of Natural History are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Highland Park Carriage House
          Highland Park Carriage House

          Highland Park Carriage House

          Pittsburgh, PA
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Pittsburgh, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bakery Square, University of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University. Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium and Carnegie Museum of Natural History are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Aspinwall Walk to Restaurants, Bars, Cafe, and Riverfront Park
            Aspinwall Walk to Restaurants, Bars, Cafe, and Riverfront Park

            Aspinwall Walk to Restaurants, Bars, Cafe, and Riverfront Park

            Pittsburgh, PA
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Pittsburgh, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from UPMC St. Margaret and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. UPMC Shadyside and St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Parish are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh East Liberty $98
              Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh East Liberty

              Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh East Liberty

              123 North Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in East Liberty, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Bakery Square and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Carnegie Museum of Natural History are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                New 2 Bed 2bath Spacious Apartment W/deck & Parking
                New 2 Bed 2bath Spacious Apartment W/deck & Parking

                New 2 Bed 2bath Spacious Apartment W/deck & Parking

                Pittsburgh, PA
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Pittsburgh, this vacation home is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from UPMC Shadyside and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium are also within 3 mi (5 km).