One of our afternoons in Pittsburgh was glorious, sunny and 70! A picture perfect day! We headed for the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium to take a peek and visit with our furry friends who we were sure were also enjoying the lovely spring weather!
|Steep escalator up!|
|Lions taking a break!|
The Pittsburgh Zoo was originally founded in 1897 as the Highland Park Zoo, so it has been around awhile! The original bear enclosures were built in 1937 as part of the Public Works Project. Quite an interesting tidbit of history!
|The Tropical Rainforest is home for the primates!|
|Learning about zoo residents.|
|Several of the aquarium's exhibits are housed within a conservatory.|
|Here come the fish!|
|The magic of seahorses!|
Our daughter was getting pretty tired by the time we hit Kids Kingdom, so we did not get to fully explore the area. However, it does have a large play area with ropes and slides. Kids definitely have a ball in this area! Kids Kingdom also features animals native to Pennsylvania and a petting zoo.
We really, really enjoyed the aquarium! We loved that the zoo is an continuous loop with few offshoots. In some zoos, we feel that we are always missing something because there are so many branches. Of course, the feeling is true! We do wish the enclosures were larger but the zoo is involved in some wonderful conservation efforts caring for and rehabilitating endangered turtles so they can be released back into the wild. The zoo and aquarium take a couple hours to walk through if you are taking the time to observe as well as read about the exhibits.
- There are multiple options for eating but we did not feel constantly bombarded by food options.
- Restrooms were readily available.
- We did find stations to fill up our own water bottles, so be on the lookout for those.
- There are plenty of different vantage points to view most of the animals. Definitely take advantage of these to gain a new perspective.
- Don't forget the play area at Kid's Kingdom! Sometimes, kids need a little time to engage in play and explore after taking some time to observe the animals!
- You have to walk a bit uphill during portions of the zoo, but it is not unmanageable.
Thank you to Visit Pittsburgh for facilitating this review! Complimentary admission was received. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.