Banish “I’m bored” from your kids’ vocabulary this summer with a visit to Pennsylvania’s many zoos and wildlife parks, which are crawling, running, flying, and swimming with wild creatures.
Here are a few easy ways to get in touch with Pennsylvania’s wild side.
- Tap into exciting daily programs at the Philadelphia Zoo  – America’s first – where zookeeper presentations, guided tours, and other animal-centric activities bring this Fairmount Park  family attraction to life.
- Investigate Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium ’s The Islands exhibit, a new addition that houses endangered species, including siamangs, clouded leopards, Visayan warty pigs, Galapagos tortoises, and Philippine crocodiles.
- Meet Amur leopards and Canadian lynx at Erie Zoo & Botanical Garden ’s new cat exhibit, and meander around the zoo’s various gardens, home to more than 600 species of plants.
- Seek out educational programs, camps, or family events at the Lehigh Valley Zoo in Schnecksville and experience everything from African penguins to zebras.
- Check out the new hangout built at Norristown’s Elmwood Park Zoo for Slash, Clinger, and Shredder – three adorable Asian red pandas.
- Step into a zoo in the woods at Claws ‘N’ Paws Wild Animal Park in the Pocono Mountains  town of Lake Ariel to see more than 120 species of wild animals; feed giraffes and parrots; and hug friendly deer, lambs, and goats.
Wildlife Parks in Pennsylvania
- Stroll through the Southern Swamps or Big Sky Country at ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park  in Hershey , where more than 200 animals represent more than 60 species and five regions of the continent.
- Prowl Penn’s Cave & Wildlife Park in Centre Hall on a 90-minute open-air bus tour seeking out mountain lions, timberwolves, bighorn sheep, and other North American animals.
- Find fascinating facts about the mysterious and scaly members of the animal kingdom at Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland in Allenwood.
- Travel more than 150 acres of rolling hills on a guided safari tour at Lake Tobias Wildlife Park  in Halifax to see herds of roaming animals, flightless birds, and reptiles.
- Discover more than 100 wildlife species, including a kinkajou, fennec fox, and two-toed sloth at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort ’s Wild Kingdom ; take Louie’s African Train Ride to visit bison, tigers, lions, red sheep, and zebras.
Other Animal Attractions in Pennsylvania
- Venture to the southernmost part of Pymatuning Lake in Jamestown to see animals and birds from around the world at Pymatuning Deer Park ; the Kiddie Zoo lets visitors get up close and personal with baby animals.
- Learn the workings of farm life in Shavertown at The Lands at Hillside Farms , including a working dairy herd, greenhouses to tour, and delicious organic products.
- Ogle timber wolf puppies at the Living Treasures Animal Park in Jones Mills; or visit their New Castle location  to ride camels, see three-banded armadillos, and feed alligators and giraffes.