Insider's Guide: Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Insider's Guide: Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Visit Pittsburgh’s wild neighbors at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium!

Plan Your Visit 

Explore 77 acres of fun at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium! Become immersed as you make your journey through different areas of the Zoo. Featuring more than 8,000 animals from 600 species, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is one of only a handful of zoo and aquarium combinations in the country. Animals you may see along the way include red pandas, lions, elephants, giraffes, sea lions, penguins, and more. Read on for insider tips to get the most out of your next visit!
Tickets can be purchased online to save time at the admission gates. 


Membership 

Visit the Zoo for free as often as you like for an entire year with a Zoo Membership! A membership pays for itself in just two visits and offers plenty of benefits including free admission during regular business hours, free parking, discounts to educational classes and gift shops, and more. Buy, renew or gift a membership today!

Extra Tips For Your Visit

Wild Encounters

Get closer than you’ve ever imagined to some of your favorite Zoo residents! Wild Encounters are a 30 minute private experience with Zoo animals and an expert that can accommodate a group of up to five guests. Your Wild Encounter also includes Zoo admission. Book your Wild Encounter here.

Themed Areas

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is separated into nine different themed sections including many indoor and outdoor areas with interactive, kid-friendly exhibits. Be sure to explore all nine areas for the ultimate zoo and aquarium trip!

  1. Forest Passage
  2. African Savanna 
  3. Tropical Forest
  4. The Islands
  5. Jungle Odyssey
  6. PPG Aquarium 
  7. Water's Edge
  8. Kids Kingdom 
  9. Worlds of Discover

Online Food Ordering Now Available

Feeding your heard is now easier than ever with online ordering available at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Grab a salad on the run, chicken fingers on the fly or "made-to-order" fries to-go!  


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Upcoming Events

In addition to daily animal excitement, the Zoo offers special programs throughout the year. For the latest updates and additional offerings, please visit our Events page on our website. Here are a few yearly returning favorites to plan for:  

April

  • Sip & Swirl
  • Breakfast & Lunch with the Easter Bunny 
  • Wild Earth Day 

May

  • ZooBrew: Spring Hops
  • Tea with mom
  • Mother's Day Celebration
  • Opening Season Parade 

June

  • Donuts with Dad
  • Father's Day Celebration
  • Summer Safari 

July 

  • Family Month
  • Breakfast with the Animals

August 

  • Asian Lantern Festival (Aug.-Oct.) 
  • Elephant Day

September

  • Asian Lantern Festival (Aug.-Oct.) 
  • Zoo Brew: Oktoberfest

October

  • Asian Lantern Festival (Aug.-Oct.) 
  • ZooBoo

November

  • Zoo Lights (Nov.-Dec.)

December

  • Zoo Lights (Nov.-Dec.)
  • Breakfast & Lunch with Santa (Dec.)
  • Penguins on Parade (Dec.-Feb.)

Pittsburgh is KidsBURGH®!

Pittsburgh is the perfect destination for unforgettable family fun! Featuring many fantastic attractions, Pittsburgh has plenty of entertainment options for kids of all ages. Plan your KidsBURGH® trip today!