We get it – Happy Travelers have a soft spot for our furry and feathered friends. Animal lovers can go to any corner of Pennsylvania and find an exceptional park to interact with and admire their favorite animals. The Keystone State has everything from bears, lions and bobcats, to deer, little horses and even cobras. Whether it’s a small farm or wildlife sanctuary, animal lovers know that Pennsylvania is the place to pursue your happiness in blissful nature.
ZooAmerica® - Dutch Country Roads
ZooAmerica® began as The Hershey Zoo in 1916 when Milton S. Hershey opened his private animal collection to the public. Today, the zoo features more than 200 North American animals, including bears, bobcats and lynxes. Guests can even take advantage of a special falconry demonstration or naturalist education sessions. A unique experience for all, the Ocelot Exhibit features animals twice the size of an average house cat - the only spotted cats remaining in the United States.
Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland - Valleys of the Susquehanna
Slither your way to Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland in Allenwood, a world-class specialized zoo that has provided a slippery educational experience for the whole family since 1964. Admire more than 40 species of exotic reptiles and amphibians from around the world in naturalistic habitats. Learn about larger-than-life dinosaurs in the outdoor animatronic dinosaur adventure, Dinosaurs Come to Life, or surround yourself with fluttering beauties in the Butterflies exhibit. From cobras and vipers to tortoises and lizards, Reptiland has everything you need for a reptilian educational adventure.
Wildlife Academy at Nemacolin - Laurel Highlands
It’s “all animals, all the time” at the Wildlife Academy at Nemacolin. Established in 2006, the Wildlife Academy is dedicated to educating its guests about animals through interactive entertainment and live animal programs. Take a stroll through the guided nursery tours to pet and learn about various animals from around the world or enjoy a guided horseback trail ride through the backwoods. Later, climb on Louie’s African Train Ride and admire bison, hyenas, lions, tigers and more. Visitors can even get the chance to feed the sheep and goats at Billy Goat Mountain, and give the bears their favorite treat, marshmallows!
Historic Penn’s Cave & Wildlife Park - The Alleghenies
There are more than just caves at Historic Penn’s Cave – there’s also a wildlife park! In addition to a boat tour of the cave, visitors can also take a guided tour of the farm and surrounding wildlife. Throughout the 1,600 carefully preserved acres, you can admire bears, wolves, elk, bobcats, deer and even the Penn’s Cave icon, the mountain lion.
Land of Little Horses - Dutch Country Roads
If you’re an equestrian lover, then you’ll have a blast at Land of Little Horses. Learn about the history of the park and the little horses through performances and up-close interactions. Groom and bathe the horses or admire their talents during the Arena Performances. Visitors can also view the beauty of these little animals as they graze and run through the pastures during Herd Release.
Claws ‘N’ Paws Wild Animal Park - Upstate PA
This “zoo in the woods” in Lake Ariel, Pa., offers unique hands-on activities for the entire family, including a petting zoo where guests can interact with tame deer, lambs and goats. Visitors can take apples into the parrot aviary to feed the lories, watch the alligator meander, or gawk at the playful capuchin monkey in this wildlife wonderland. Claws ‘N’ Paws features more than 120 rare and exotic species of animals, including a white tiger, a black panther and an African lion. New for the season are a group of baby snow leopards, or, in other words, the pinnacle of cuteness. The facilities also offer educational programs and demonstrations throughout the day.
Living Treasures Wild Animal Park - Pittsburgh and its Countryside
Get closer to the animals than ever before at Living Treasures Animal Park at the Moraine location in New Castle, Pa. There are a plethora of ways to interact with the wildlife at Living Treasures including holding a baby kangaroo, bottle feeding baby animals, riding a camel, and even feeding the alligators. Immerse yourself in free-flying birds at the park’s walk-through aviary. With 400 animals of 70 different species, there are plenty of ways to learn, explore and admire animals at this park.
T&D’s Cats of the World - Valleys of the Susquehanna
At T&D’s Cats of the World, visitors will find more than 200 animals that call this safe haven their home, as T&D’s is dedicated to providing a permanent home for unwanted, abused and mistreated exotic and wild animals. Lions, tigers, leopards, bobcats and more prowl about the grounds of T&D’s. Guests can find tigers relaxing by the pond in their two-acre exercise area and lions lazing about in their exhibit. In addition to felines, T&D’s has made a home for other animals including bears, foxes, lemurs, parrots and more.
Living Treasures Wild Animal Park - Laurel Highlands
The fun continues at Living Treasures Wild Animal Park’s second location in the heart of the Laurel Highlands. Explore and admire more than 300 animals of 50 different species. Feed animals from the palm of your hand, snuggle a variety of animals, ride a pony or even bottle feed a baby camel, goat or lamb.
Endless Mountains Nature Center - Upstate PA
Through educational opportunities and recreation activities, the Endless Mountains Nature Center is devoted to encouraging the preservation of the natural environment. This nonprofit initiative teaches visitors of all ages, with nature day camps for children and programs such as the live birds of prey for adults. Stop by and listen to an educational talk about black bears or watch the birds of prey in their enclosures. Visitors even get the chance to see birds in their natural habitat, as bald eagles like to nest along the river.
Linvilla Orchards - Philadelphia and the Countryside
Stop by The Barnyard at Linvilla Orchards in Media, Pa., to spend some time with fun and friendly farm animals. Get a close-up look at chickens, calves, goats, horses and even peacocks, emus, a pot-bellied pig and a white-tailed deer. After you hang out with the animals, be sure to take a memorable and enjoyable ride on a friendly pony, or simply relax amongst hay bales during a scenic hayride.
Lake Tobias Wildlife Park - Dutch Country Roads
Established in 1965, Lake Tobias is not just a zoo, but also a working farm. In addition to the peacocks, chickens and guineas roaming freely about the grounds, Lake Tobias also has 50 acres of exhibits and displays, including a petting zoo. From African lions and Bengal tigers to American alligators and Burmese pythons, Lake Tobias offers a variety of wildlife to observe and enjoy.
Pymatuning Deer Park - Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region
This animal park has been family owned and operated since its establishment in 1953. More than 250 animals and birds from around the world call Pymatuning Deer Park their home, including Siberian tigers, African lions, camels, black bears and more. Kids will love the Kiddie Zoo where they can feed crackers to deer, primates and even give biscuits to black bears! While at Pymatuning Deer Park, take a ride on the Deer Park Express and count how many graceful deer you can spot.