Zoos & Aquariums
Family Fun Perfect for Younger Kids
Just the right size for younger children, the Elmwood Park Zoo lets kids feed goats and other small animals, take pony rides and stroll through a butterfly house. The Elmwood Park Zoo staff keeps pushing the envelope on zoo experiences. New additions include adult- and child-sized ziplining, a chance to hand-feed parakeets and the return of up-close-and-personal encounters with two of the friendliest giraffes you've ever met.
While not a petting zoo, the Merrymead Farm Market also has a menagerie of friendly four-leggers that little kids love.
America's First Zoo
Cross the county line to the city of Philadelphia to find the world-famous Philadelphia Zoo - America's first zoo (built in the 1870s, a century after Washington's encampment at Valley Forge). The Philadelphia zoo is also the first in the world to give snow leopards, orangutans, tigers, lemurs and more the chance to roam like visitors do (except in elevated mesh walkways!)
Just across from Philadelphia (and offering some of the best views of the city from across the Ben Franklin Bridge) is Adventure Aquarium. Among the most popular attractions at the aquarium: the chance to feed stingrays, the underwater Shark Tunnel and the largest shark collection on the East Coast.