ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park, Hershey, Pennsylvania
100 West Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033| Map |
Located in Hershey Park, ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park is home to over 75 species of mammals, reptiles and birds native to North America. The small but beautiful 11-acre park is perfect for toddlers and elementary age children looking to make some furry friends while on vacation. Explore the Southern Swamps where alligators abound and rattlesnakes slither in the safety of their cages or take a trek into the Northlands to marvel at the bald eagle or the gray wolves. Take a peek at a black bear and bobcats in the forest atmosphere Eastern Woodlands, climb into the Rocky Mountains and encounter a mountain lion or the majestic American elk or sweat it out in the deserts of the Great Southwest exhibits. A variety of ZooAmerica programs and events are offered throughout the year.
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- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
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ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park allows picnic lunches on grounds for families who are looking to save money on food.
Address: 100 West Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033| Map
Phone: 717 534 3900
Hours: Mon-Sun 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Most of us don't get to see these animals unless we go to a zoo, so take it as an opportunity.Flag review
We had a unique experience, because we went in the winter (very mild in 2011) and while the cost for ZooAmerica is supposed to include Hersheypark, (there's a walkway you can just go through to get across, but you can't buy a shared ticket at the Zoo end) the hours were completely incompatible with the Zoo closing at 4:30pm and the park open at 5-10pm the night we were there. As we arrived at 3pm the guy behind the counter let us in for 1/2 price,(Blessing!) and quite frankly, we got it all in just fine in that time. I always feel somewhat sad for the animals, so zoos are a hard place for me, but at the same time, I know most of us would not otherwise encounter wildlife up close. Do the ends justify the means? Probably a debate since zoos began. If the animals are treated cruelly, which in America is rare, then obviously the answer is easy. Since ZooAmerica provides a clean, safe environment for animals and people to have face to face live interaction of sorts, it is not a bad way to introduce our children to the natural wonders of our world. These particular animals might be worth pursuing in their natural habitat not far from home, and perhaps this is a good reminder of our shared environment.
Tips for Families
Check the hours, and assess the possibility of both Hersheypark & ZooAmerica for the same ticket price.
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