Winter at the Phila. Zoo

The Philadelphia Zoo’s ‘Winter’ exhibit runs through Aug. 20.




Summer may be in full swing, but we’ve found the ultimate spot to keep cool: The Philadelphia Zoo. The family-favorite destination recently debuted its limited-time exhibit, aptly called Winter. Slated to run through Aug. 20, this wintry wonderland offers a flurry of features.

A big draw — besides the ability to play in real snow during the most sweltering days of the year — is the powder-covered Snow Leopard Slope, a 120-foot-long, 20-foot-high incline that kids glide down on tubes.

Visitors of all ages can also make snow angels and engage in a friendly snowball showdown in the Snow Zone, an open play area perfect for classic snow-day activities. And let the littlest guests loose in the Polar Bear Pavilion, designed just for them.

How does the snow stay cold? The zoo teamed up with SnowMagic, a company that manufactures the white stuff using a special technology, so up to 200 tons can be produced daily — regardless of ambient temperature. Guests can enjoy the attraction for up to two hours.

In between the fun, discover the connections between animals and snow, and stop by the Cozy Café for fare geared toward both kids and adults. And, of course, be sure to visit the zoo’s snow leopards over at KeyBank Big Cat Falls: You’ll meet 10-year-old Maya and her son, Buck.

General admission tickets are $10 on weekdays and $12 on weekends. Admission for members is $8 at the Family Deluxe, Contributor and Friends levels, and $9 during the week and $12 on weekends for members at the Individual, Family and Family Plus levels. Tickets are not included in admission to the venue. The Philadelphia Zoo is located at 3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19104.

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