Whether you’re looking to see sharks, hippos, and exotic sea life; or lions and tigers and bears; the Philadelphia region will not disappoint you. Across the bridge in New Jersey is not one, but two aquariums. And if you’re from out of state and didn’t rent a car, not to worry – the oldest zoo in the U.S. is just a subway ride away!

The Philadelphia Zoo (credit: philadelphiazoo.org)


The Philadelphia Zoo

3400 West Girard Ave., Philadelphia
(215) 243-1100

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!!!  That and more is in store for you and your family at the Philadelphia Zoo–America’s first. Set in the middle of Philadelphia’s famed Fairmount Park, the nation’s largest landscaped inner-city park, it truly is a treasure.

Cape May County Zoo (capemayzoo.org)


Cape May County Zoo

P.O. Box 864
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

If you are looking for a unique zoo to head to, this is a great choice. The Cape May County Zoo offers two rare exhibits, including the snow leopard habitat and the bald eagle habitat. Both exhibits are sure to keep you on your toes during the tours.

Six Flags Great Adventure (credit: sixflags.com)


Six Flags Great Adventure Wild Safari

1 Six Flags Boulevard
Jackson, NJ 08527

One of the greatest things about Six Flags is that you can take a step into the “wild” with Great Adventure’s Wild Safari ride. Take a jeep tour through a 4.5 mile area and see over 1,100 exotic animals up close.

Adventure Aquarium (credit: adventureaquarium.com)


Adventure Aquarium

1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ 08103

This Aquarium is right over the bridge in New Jersey and features nearly 200,000 square feet of sea life and wildlife. It includes exhibits as well as shows, so stop by and learn something new.

Atlantic City Aquarium (credit: oceanlifecenter.com)


Atlantic City Aquarium

800 N. New Hampshire Ave.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(609) 348-2880

If you are interested about the world down under, then head to the Atlantic City Aquarium before you hit the beach. The “Dive and Dine” show features the aquarium’s divers, who interact rays and sharks in the tank. Feel free to ask questions during the show!