Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium

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Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium which includes interior views and zoo animals as well as a large group of people

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
Morning Sun Inn
3.5 out of 5
1156 Portland St., Pittsburgh, PA
The price is $169 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Situated in Pittsburgh, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, Carnegie Mellon University, and University of Pittsburgh. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (15 reviews)
"Great remodeling of an older house with maintaining charm while having updated bathrooms, sitting areas, and an amazing kitchen. Linens were the best we have had in years. Lovely decor and soothing colors. Highly recommended."

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Large Home on a Quiet Street: Close to Downtown and Oakland
Large Home on a Quiet Street: Close to Downtown and Oakland
Pittsburgh, PA
This family-friendly Pittsburgh vacation home is located on a river, within 3 mi (5 km) of UPMC St. Margaret and Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. VA Hospital ...
Large Home on a Quiet Street: Close to Downtown and Oakland
Highland Park Carriage House
Highland Park Carriage House
Pittsburgh, PA
Situated in Pittsburgh, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bakery Square, Carnegie Mellon University, and University of Pittsburgh. UPMC Shadyside ...
Highland Park Carriage House
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The Maverick by Kasa
The Maverick by Kasa
3 out of 5
120 S Whitfield St, Pittsburgh, PA
The price is $68 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
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Morning Sun Inn
3.5 out of 5
1156 Portland St., Pittsburgh, PA
The price is $169 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
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Large Home on a Quiet Street: Close to Downtown and Oakland
Pittsburgh, PA
Large Home on a Quiet Street: Close to Downtown and Oakland
Highland Park Carriage House
Highland Park Carriage House
Pittsburgh, PA
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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
Private Bedroom with King Bed in Highland Park with Shared Living Space #1
Comfortable home with an artful flair close to PNC, museums and restaurants..
Comfortable home with an artful flair close to PNC, museums and restaurants..
Pittsburgh, PA
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The Euclid Villa - A Cozy, Newly Renovated Getaway
The Euclid Villa - A Cozy, Newly Renovated Getaway
Pittsburgh, PA
The price is $70 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
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Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh East Liberty, an IHG Hotel
Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh East Liberty, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
123 North Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
The price is $110 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh East Liberty, an IHG Hotel
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Pittsburgh Bakery Square
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Pittsburgh Bakery Square
3 out of 5
134 Bakery Square Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA
The price is $129 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
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