Directions & Parking

Parking Lots

  • Frog Lot
    CLOSED
  • Tiger Lot
    OPEN DAILY
    8:45am-5:30pm
  • Giraffe Lot
    CLOSED
  • Hippo Lot
    CLOSED
  • Parking Garage
    OPEN DAILY
    8:45am-5:30pm

Entrances

  • South Gate
    CLOSED
  • North Gate
    OPEN


For locations of parking lots and other amenities, download a Zoo map.

The Philadelphia Zoo is located at the corner of 34th Street and Girard Avenue in Philadelphia's historic Fairmount Park, the world's largest landscaped city park.  The Zoo is just two miles from downtown Philadelphia and parking is available along Girard Avenue at 38th Street and at the south end of the Zoo along 34th Street.  Public transportation is available using SEPTA, which runs bus and trolley routes to the Zoo area.

Public Transportation

The Philadelphia Zoo is serviced by SEPTA via Route #15 trolley and the nearby Route 38 bus.

Driving Directions

From the East

Access Interstate-76 by exiting PA Turnpike at Neshaminy. Take US RT1-S to 76E. Take Interstate-76 to exit 342 Girard Avenue. Turn left at Girard Avenue for parking.

From the West

Access Interstate-76 by exiting PA Turnpike at Valley Forge. Follow 76 to exit 342 Girard Avenue. Follow directional signs to turn left or right on Girard Avenue for available parking.

From Center City

Take the West River Drive to Sweetbriar Drive and turn left. At South Concourse Drive, turn left and go one block to Girard Avenue. To park, turn right on Girard Avenue or continue straight to the Tiger parking lot. Note that on weekends from April through October, West River Drive is closed at certain times to vehicular traffic. During this period, follow the above driving directions from the east.

Directions from Airport

Take the I-95 N ramp toward I-76/PA-291/Philadelphia/New Jersey. Merge onto Penrose Ave/PA-291 E via EXIT 13 toward I-76 W/Valley Forge. Turn left onto S 26th St/PA-291 E. S 26th St/PA-291 E becomes I-76 W. Take the US-13/US-30 W/Girard Ave exit, EXIT 342, toward Phila Zoo. Turn slight right onto US-13/N 34th St/US-30. Turn left onto W Girard Ave/US-30. Make a U-turn onto W Girard Ave/US-30. 3400 W GIRARD AVE is on the right.

For additional routes to the Zoo, visit the Alternate Routes page.

Parking

There is Zoo parking along both Girard Avenue and 34th Street. Parking in a Zoo lot will cost $15, but members with proper I.D. park for free! Find out other benefits of becoming a member. Handicap spaces and spaces for vans are available in both Tiger Lot and the Parking Garage.

From 76 westbound

To Giraffe LotProceed off ramp, make right at light. Lot is one block down on your right hand side.

To Tiger Lot: Proceed off ramp and make left onto Girard Ave. Go one block and make right onto 34th street. 

To Zoo Garage:  Take Zoo exit. Make a left onto Girard Ave. The Garage will be one block down on your left.

To Frog Lot and Zoological Drive ParkingProceed off ramp and make left onto Girard Avenue. Go one block and make a right onto 34th street. Follow Girard to 34th and Girard Ave. Take right onto Girard. Lot is at the end of the zoo on the right hand side.

*During summer months, the Philadelphia Zoo’s parking lots (Tiger, Frog, Giraffe and Zoo Garage) fill up early and traffic is redirected to the Hippo/Sedgley Lot. This lot is not open every day.

To Hippo/Sedgley Lot: Proceed off ramp and make left. Follow Girard 2 blocks to Sedgley Drive. Make right onto Sedgley Drive for parking.
 

From 76 Eastbound:

To Giraffe Lot: Proceed off ramp and make left at light. Lot is 2 blocks down on your right hand side.

To Tiger Lot: Take left at light coming off ramp. Proceed on Girard Ave to 2nd light. Make left at light onto Cambridge Street. Make u turn on street to come back on Girard Ave. Follow Girard to 34th and Girard Ave. Take right onto 34th. Lot is one block down on the right hand side.

To Zoo GarageTake Zoo exit. When you proceed off the ramp, the Garage will be directly  in front of you, through the light.

To Frog Lot and Zoological Drive Parking: Take left at light, coming off ramp. Proceed on Girard Ave to 2nd light. Make left at light onto Cambridge Street. Make u-turn on street to come back on Girard Ave. Follow Girard to 34th and Girard Ave. Take right onto Girard. Lot is at the end of the zoo on the right hand side.

*During summer months, Philadelphia Zoo’s parking lots (Tiger, Frog, Giraffe and Zoo Garage) fill up early and traffic is redirected to the Sedgley Lot. This lot is not open every day.

To Hippo/Sedgely Lot: Proceed off ramp. Make right at light onto Girard. Follow 1 block to Sedgley Drive. Make right onto Sedgley Drive for parking.
 

Parking Cheat Sheet

  • Tiger Lot is the smallest of the Zoo lots, and generally fills by 10 a.m. on busy days.
  • The Zoo Garage is the largest of all the lots, holding 683 spots.
  • Parking at the Zoo is $15, but for all members with proper ID, it is FREE!
  • One car per membership