Insider's Guide: Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Insider's Guide: Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Reconnect with family, friends and wildlife once again! Reconnect with the kings of the jungle, splashing sea lions and long-necked giraffes. Reconnect your family to ours, all season long.

Explore 77 acres of fun at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium! Featuring more than 8,000 animals from 600 species, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is one of the few zoo and aquarium combinations in the country. From wild to wonder to "whoa!," read on for insider tips to get the most out of your next visit! 

Plan Your Visit 

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is open! Experience the thrill of feeding a magnificent Masai giraffe, the thundering roar of a mighty African lion and the splash from a playful Californian sea lion with your family. 

Timed tickets are not required for daytime admission. Passes can be purchased online to save time at entry. 


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!

Our Newest Pride

Our new African lion pride has started to explore their newly renovated habitat and it’s going “roaringly” well!

As a certain animated lion cub would say: Daniel, Chadwick and Regina just can’t wait to be kings – and queen. And they are well on their way!

The cubs have their own characteristics. Daniel is the most laid back of the three, regularly lying with his mother or aunt. Chadwick, the most rambunctious of the bunch, loves to tackle his siblings and pounce on his parents. Finally, the queen, Regina, is the most engaging, often found standing at the highest point of the exhibit to show her grace and might.

Extra Tips For Your Visit

Wild Encounters
Go wild with behind-the-scenes animal encounters only at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium! Encounters are 30 minutes long and can accommodate groups of up to five guests. Various packages include up-close encounters with sharks, elephants, giraffes, red pandas and more. To book your Wild Encounter, visit

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

As the world continues to change, the Zoo is prepared to shift its events and programs as needed to ensure the safety of all guests, staff and animals. Please note that the schedule below may be revised as needed. For the latest updates, please visit our Events page on our website.

Asian Lantern Festival at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Aug. 14- Oct. 30

After much planning and excitement, the time has finally come for an experience like no other! Prepare to embark on a bold new adventure with the opening of the Asian Lantern Festival at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, an evening experience that will shine a light on conservation, community and diversity.

From Aug. 14- Oct. 30, the Zoo will illuminate the city with the glow of colossal, wildlife-themed, handcrafted lanterns.

These giant steel and silk sculptures, stretching high in the sky and up to 100 feet long, will encompass three connected themes: the Zoo, our global species conservation partnerships and Asian culture.

Oct. 16, 17, 23 & 24

Join us for our annual Halloween extravaganza Oct. 16, 17, 23 & 24! Parade through the park in your ghoulishly fun costume as you collect sweet treats along the way. Prepare to be all smiles in our not-so-scary haunted houses.

Zoo Lights

Themed light displays, classic “frosted” characters and carols along the way! Drive through the Zoo at night while guided by a themed audio tour as thousands of environmentally friendly LED lights transform the park into an unforgettable winter wonderland.

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!