Are you ready for an animal adventure? Look no further than the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown.

The nearly 100-year-old zoo spans across 16 acres and is home to more than 100 species! Check out our top ten activities to do at the zoo.


Giraffe Feeding

Purchase tickets to come face-to-face and hand-feed leafy greens to the world's tallest mammals! Guests will be able to take pictures, talk to, and interact with three of the zoo's magnificent creatures.

Junior Inspector Station at the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown

Junior Inspector Program

Become a junior inspector! Stations scattered throughout the 17-acre zoo will provide information on how zoo animals live the 5-2-1-0 message, while also providing family-friendly strategies and activities to complete. Use your phone to scan the QR code at each station to participate in this completely free activity!

A toddler dressed in a Mario costume plays with instruments in the Percussion Garden at the Elmwood Park Zoo

Percussion Garden

The Thomas Kimmel Percussion Garden is open daily for children to experience the beauty of music with giant chimes, drums, and bells.

Sloth hanging upside down at Elmwood Park Zoo

Sloth Encounter

Meet Liana, the two-toed sloth that recently joined the Elmwood family! Learn about Liana, what she eats, and how to take care of her directly from her keepers.

Ziplining at Elmwood Park ZooTreetop Adventures

Ever wondered what the zoo looks like from a bird's view? Elmwood Zoo's Treetop Adventures allows guests to glide through the trees 50 feet up in the air! Not to mention, the adventure course has over 50 challenge games and ropes courses. Elmwood Zoo is the only place in PA that has ziplining over animal exhibits, so make sure you don't miss out!

Chinchilla at Elmwood Park Zoo in a enclosure with toys

Chinchilla Treatment

Had a rough day? Sign up for Chinchilla treatment to cuddle up, play with, and feed one of the zoo's fuzziest creatures. If you're lucky, you'll even get to help staff train the chinchillas!

A trainer feeds the alligator Penny, at the Elmwood Park ZooPlaytime with Penny

This brand-new experience allows guests to enter Penny the alligator's exhibit (behind a gate & from a safe distance) to learn more about the species and how the zoo takes care of her. Participants will choose which toy Penny gets to play with, before throwing it to her themselves!

Elmwood Park ZooCarousel Ride

Vintage-inspired, animal-themed, and ready for you to take a spin! Elmwood Park Zoo's carousel provides the perfect atmosphere for a day at the zoo, while also providing entertainment for the entire family.

Hedgehog at Elmwood Park Zoo

Painting with a Hedgehog

Meet, play with, and even feed the zoo's family of hedgehogs! At the end of the session, you'll be able to watch one of the hedgehog's create a painting just for you to take home.

Zoo BrewZoo Brew Beer Garden & Bar

After a long day at the zoo, there's nothing better than sitting back to enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine. Visit the zoo's beer garden & bar at the end of the trip before the group retires for the day.

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