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Elmwood Park Zoo

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This is a community zoo with a lot of volunteer help. This is the first year that they put on this... read more

Reviewed 1 December 2018
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Gem in the forest

My son, his wife and two daughters visited from Oklahoma in May 2017. Needed a fun place to take... read more

Reviewed 30 November 2018
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1661 Harding Blvd, Norristown, PA 19401-2974
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Reviewed 12 December 2018

Had a great time at the zoo with my two grandchildren - we went for the Halloween event and it was quite enjoyable. The had tables set up with Halloween/candy for the kids and had converted buildings into haunted houses and had people dressed up...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank basmith1957
Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

We went to see the Christmas lights display and there wasn't really a ton there. I know it's their first year doing this but compared to the Lehigh Valley zoo, it was meager. The highlight is you get to pose with a reindeer for free...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Tracy M
Reviewed 2 December 2018 via mobile

Fun night out with the family! So nice to stroll along at the zoo to all the beautiful lights. Cool night time zip lines, fun kids activities and the zoo brew was open! The kids loved roasting s’mores and visiting with Santa!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Erika S
Reviewed 1 December 2018

This is a community zoo with a lot of volunteer help. This is the first year that they put on this display and did a commendable job. This display is for kids. Please realize that animals seek the darkest spot at night for safety. Its...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank joelaspina1
Reviewed 30 November 2018

My son, his wife and two daughters visited from Oklahoma in May 2017. Needed a fun place to take the kids that was not too far, too expensive, too complicated and too crowded. A simple excursion and still be home for naps. I live in...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank david z
Reviewed 26 November 2018

In Philadelphia area and did a search on 'zoos near me' and this came up. Since we already did the Philadelphia Zoo we tried here. Easy to find. Free parking. For this time of the year - Two adults and one kid was grand total...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JG717
Reviewed 19 November 2018

I was very disappointed and will not go back. The "wild lights" were essentially static colored lights on trees - i was expecting something with perhaps higher energy - maybe some laser lights that would be designed to not bother the animals - and speaking...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank dusterext
Reviewed 19 November 2018 via mobile

I have never been to the Elmwood Park Zoo so my rating is based on this event. When I saw that they had a Holiday Light Exhibit with “millions of lights illuminating all 16 acres” I was so excited to buy tickets and go! We...More

Date of experience: November 2018
6  Thank Be-Irie-Ext
Reviewed 7 November 2018

This is a great, friendly zoo. It is smaller, but still lots to see and do. I like that I can easily do the whole zoo in a few hours with my toddlers. Very clean, not too crowded whenever I've been there. They have a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Meredith W
Reviewed 5 November 2018 via mobile

This is a nice little zoo with enough to see to keep you busy for a few hours. Our little guy had a great time. He also really enjoyed the carousel. My only issue with this place is the food was terrible. Next time we...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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18 April 2018|
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Response from traveltheglobe394 | Reviewed this property |
Most definitely. Food is also available but if you have food allergies or sensitivity, or the kids are picky eaters, or you just prefer your own homemade snacks and drinks, bringing your own food is a good (and an allowed... More
12 March 2018|
Response from slp2003 | Reviewed this property |
We spent about 1.5 hours there. Make sure to feed the bison and the giraffe (if it's warm enough).
Kirstyloo L
11 August 2015|
Response from kzeemom |
Hi Kristy, Full disclosure - The adult climb has some very challenging obstacles even for adults with large steps required (read adult size legs needed). Courage and good balance is a definite plus. Only you can know if... More