You’d be hard pressed to find a person who doesn’t love penguins. These cute, cuddly, and fun little (or big) birds have been featured in ads, commercials, logos, and even movies all around the world.
So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that one of the most popular animals to see at any zoo is the penguin exhibit. But, when it comes to penguins, not all zoo’s are created equal. In fact, if you’re desperate to get a great look at penguins, we’ve got you covered.
Keep reading to learn about the best zoos to see penguins.
Woodland Park Zoo
It’s #penguinawarenessday! Thanks to our colony of ambassadors who’ve taught us about the rocky coastal habitat of Peru and Chile, sustainable fishing and most importantly, clean oceans! We love watching these little dudes waddle, dive and torpedo through their exhibit. Show your #love by visiting the Humboldt Penguin exhibit or make a symbolic adoption at zoo.org/zooparent #penguinlove #tuxedos #protectouroceans #nature #animallovers #conservation #penguins #waddle #dora #maximiliano #humboldt #cuteness #sustainableseafood
Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo is nationally known as one of the top zoo’s in the country to see penguins. Their penguin exhibit was awarded the Exhibit Achievement Award by the Association for Zoo’s & Aquariums a few years ago.
This zoo specifically focuses on Humboldt Penguins in their exhibit.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Bay Aquarium, in Monterey, California is considered by many to be one of the best aquariums in the entire country. So, it should come as no surprise that they have an outstanding penguin exhibit.
Visit the Splash Zone and learn all about penguins, plus visitors can even feed them!
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
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Yup, it’s those Ripley’s of “Ripley’s Believe it or Not.” The good news is they have a really great penguin exhibit called the “Penguin Playhouse” in the Gatlinburg, Tennessee location. Not only you can get up close and personal with the penguins there, they also have a number of penguin activities.
If you have time, be sure to try out the “Painting with Penguins” experience.
St. Louis Zoo
There’s a new king in the Penguin & Puffin Coast castle! This king #penguin chick is now 11 days old! First-time parents Tubias (Dad) & Kong (Mom) are doing a great job of taking care of the chick. In the video, chick is sitting under Mom, but it will take turns sitting under Dad, too! Video cred: Bird Keeper Amanda Hausman #lepetitprince #didyouseethatyawn
The St. Louis Zoo has quite a bit of space devoted to their penguin exhibits. Dubbed the “Penguin and Puffin Coast” they have a total of six different species of penguins and puffins spread throughout the Penguin Cove and Puffin Bay.
You’ll see waterfall plunges, rocky coastlines, and cliffs that all simulate penguin habitats.
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The Indianapolis Zoo has a number of different penguins in their ocean exhibit including one of the largest species, the King penguin. The zoo allows visitors to really get a good look at penguins as they would live in their real-life habitats with a special glass bottom area. This zoo has a ton of videos on YouTube featuring their penguins at play.
There you have it. These are our top five picks for the best zoos to see penguins.
So, the next time you’re out on the road on your vacation, be sure to swing by one of these penguin hot spots to get a glimpse of these creatures in action.
Have you been to any of these zoos or aquariums? What are some of your favorite zoos in your area for checking out penguins?