The ZooBalloon Will Return … to Say Farewell

One more season, zoo officials say.

The ZooBalloon is returning … but just for one more season.

Mayor Michael Nutter, Philadelphia Zoo, in partnership with 6ABC, today announced that the Channel 6 ZooBalloon will return for a final season. After an overwhelming response from Zoo guests sharing fond memories of the balloon following its February 4, 2014 controlled deflation, Zoo officials and partners responded by offering guests a chance to Soar Once More in a new tethered helium balloon for the 2014 season.


"The Channel 6 ZooBalloon was not only an iconic part of the Philadelphia skyline for more than a decade, but it also marked another innovative first for Philadelphia Zoo as the only tethered helium balloon in an American zoo at the time of its introduction," said Vikram H. Dewan, President and CEO, Philadelphia Zoo. "The positive responses and moving farewells our guests have shared since the balloon's deflation were heartwarming, and we are thrilled to give them one more opportunity to make a lifelong memory."

No word on why this is a one-year thing, especially with officials having gone to the expense of buying a new balloon, but we'll take what we can get. The balloon inflates next Friday, then will operate daily through October. Ten-minute flights will be $15 per person, or $50 for a family pack.

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  • matthew brandley

    A scam at best. For a few bucks less go to the city hall tower and get a great view and a history lesson.

  • I work for a living

    As an almost daily commuter on 76, I was glad this balloon was gone. It causes so much traffic because people hit their breaks to look at it. I’m frustrated that it will be at least another year before this is gone!!

  • Daniel

    It’s not purchased, it’s rented. This season was intended to be the final season and I would guess that the zoo had some marketing plans for the final season when the balloon got damaged by snow and ice.