Philadlelphia Xoo & Shofuso Japanese House & Garden – A Tour for Adults
Spend a lovely spring day in Fairmount Park. We’ll start by visiting the beautiful Philadelphia Zoo, the first true zoo in the country and still considered one of the best. We’ll stroll through the charming 42-acre Victorian garden with its treelined walks, formal shrubbery and historic architecture. In small groups, we’ll be introduced to the animals by the docents who know and love them and who are passionate about preserving their natural habitats. We’ll meet some of the world’s most endangered species and learn what is being done to conserve them. We’ll be surprised at every turn by animals using the innovative Treetop Trail that allows you to safely view from below apes, gorillas, big cats and meerkats that have left their enclosures to explore the zoo with us. After lunch at Jack’s Firehouse on Fairmount Avenue, we’ll return to the park to visit Shofuso, a serene and elegant traditional Japanese house and nationally ranked garden. Our guide will introduce us to the pond garden with its weeping cherry tree, a tiered waterfall, the pond with its island and koi fish, the tea garden with a traditional tea house and its courtyard garden leading to a bathhouse. NOTE: We must wear shoes that can be removed, so wear or bring socks to protect the historic floors. Only canes with soft tips are permitted inside the house.
Cost includes transportation, entrance fe e s, lunch, snacks and gratuities
551 – $112
8:30 a.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m.
Bus leaves Cheltenham High School promptly at 8:30 a.m.