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Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium

Get up-close and personal with nearly 500 species of animals at one of the country’s premier zoo and aquarium combinations.

At the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, keep an eye out for zebras, lions and giraffes as you wander along a river in the African Savannah. Crawl through an underwater tunnel and marvel at the graceful movements of the stingrays swimming above you. Look into the eyes of the colossal American bears or listen for the calls of the primates as you explore the indoor tropical rain forest. With over 4,000 animals spread between seven exhibit areas, you’re guaranteed some memorable animal encounters at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.

Your visit begins with a ride up the escalator from the car park. From here, a series of winding paths leads you through the 77-acre (31-hectare) area of the zoo.

Take a wander through the Asian Forest, which houses some of the rarest big cats in the world. Snow leopards, Amur tigers and other animals prowl the undergrowth. Keep an eye out too for the fearsome Komodo dragons. Discover what lies just off the U.S. coasts in the Water’s Edge exhibit. It was built to resemble a fishing village, and houses polar bears, tiger sharks and other creatures of the deep.

If you’re traveling with small children then a visit to Kid’s Kingdom is a must. Widely recognized as one of the best children’s zoos in the United States, it offers opportunities to interact with kangaroos, goats, deer and many other animals. This area also features a daily sea lion show and a crawl-through tunnel, where children experience what it would be like to live as a meerkat.

The admission price to the zoo includes a visit to the aquarium. Crawl through the stingray tunnels, pause to watch the sharks in their two-story tanks, or marvel at fish from all corners of the world in the revolving tanks.

The Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium is located in Highland Park, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) east of downtown. There is free parking and a Port Authority Transit (PAT) bus stops nearby. The zoo is open daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day, and there is a small entry fee.


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Morning Sun Inn ¥17,264
Morning Sun Inn

Morning Sun Inn

1156 Portland St., Pittsburgh, PA
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Pittsburgh, this bed & breakfast is 1.5 mi (2.3 km) from Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium and 3 mi (4.8 km) from University of Pittsburgh. Bakery Square and Walnut Street are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh East Liberty ¥10,749
    Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh East Liberty

    Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh East Liberty

    123 North Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in East Liberty, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Bakery Square and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Cathedral of Learning and Phipps Conservatory are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Ace Hotel Pittsburgh ¥11,457
      Ace Hotel Pittsburgh

      Ace Hotel Pittsburgh

      120 S Whitfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in East Liberty, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Walnut Street and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Cathedral of Learning and Phipps Conservatory are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Hyatt House Pittsburgh/Bloomfield/Shadyside ¥12,219
        Hyatt House Pittsburgh/Bloomfield/Shadyside

        Hyatt House Pittsburgh/Bloomfield/Shadyside

        5335 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Bloomfield, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of UPMC Shadyside and University of Pittsburgh. Carnegie Mellon University and Cathedral of Learning are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center ¥10,060
          Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center

          Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center

          100 Lytton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Oakland, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of University of Pittsburgh, Cathedral of Learning, and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Petersen Events Center and Phipps Conservatory are also within 15 minutes.

            SpringHill Suites by Marriott Pittsburgh Bakery Square ¥12,606
            SpringHill Suites by Marriott Pittsburgh Bakery Square

            SpringHill Suites by Marriott Pittsburgh Bakery Square

            134 Bakery Square Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Pittsburgh, this resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Bakery Square and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Cathedral of Learning and Phipps Conservatory are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Courtyard by Marriott Pittsburgh Shadyside ¥14,008
              Courtyard by Marriott Pittsburgh Shadyside

              Courtyard by Marriott Pittsburgh Shadyside

              5308 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Bloomfield, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of UPMC Shadyside and University of Pittsburgh. Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Carnegie Museum of Art are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Shadyside Inn All Suites Hotel ¥12,829
                Shadyside Inn All Suites Hotel

                Shadyside Inn All Suites Hotel

                5405 5th Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of UPMC Shadyside, University of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University. Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Phipps Conservatory are also within 1 mi (2 km).