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During our trip with Visit Pittsburgh, we visited the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is home to more than 400 species with thousands of animals.
The layout of the zoo reminded me of the Cincinnati Zoo in a lot of ways. You go up an escalator for both zoo entrances and you walk along paths that are along the hillsides.
The zoo has a great variety of animals that are in beautiful natural looking settings.
We even heard the lions roar during our visit.
The playground near the Kid’s Kingdom area was a section that my kids could have played at for hours but we had a limited time to visit that day and we were there to see animals.
The playground is really large and is a great way for kids to burn off some energy.
There are several exhibit s that give you the opportunity to take in another view of sea life.
It was really cool to get close enough to see the rows of teeth in this shark’s mouth.
The stingray area at The PPG Aquarium was one of my favorites. Visitors can touch the stingrays with this “hands on” exhibit tank.
There are tunnels that kids can climb into to get a closer look at the stingrays.
The leopard spotted print on the stingrays was so beautiful. I had never seen one like that before.
The PPG Aquarium also has a 2 story tank filled with lots of coral and sea life.
During our visit to the zoo, we also got a special “behind the scenes” opportunity to see the Bengal tigers who were resting before going back out to the exhibit.
We learned that Bengal tigers LOVE scents! The zookeeper sprayed Calvin Kline “Obsession” on the floor before we came back. This tiger wanted to rest a bit before going back out to the exhibit.
We really enjoyed our visit to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. There was so much to see and do there. Our visit was just for a few hours but you could easily explore there all day.
Current Zoo Admission Rates
Seniors (60+ years of age) $13
Children (ages 2-13) $12
Children under 24 months FREE
Check out their website to plan your visit.
Disclosure: Visit Pittsburgh provided my accommodation, meals and admissions for my participation in their media trip. All opinions are my own.
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is located at 7340 Butler St Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206.