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The Maryland Zoo, Baltimore

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For a chance to see polar bears and elephants without ever leaving Baltimore, visit The Maryland Zoo, located in the northwestern part of the city. Established in 1876, this is one of the country's oldest zoos, noted for its conservation efforts and penguin-breeding programs. In addition to an African safari exhibit, the zoo also contains an area dedicated to animals found in Maryland. This section features artificial streams, submerged archways, and life-size cave models housing native bog turtles, river otters, snakes, and bats. The zoo's farmyard, a popular family-friendly attraction, includes a petting area with rare breeds like African pygmy goats and Cotswold sheep. Save time by purchasing and printing your tickets at home. Plan to see The Maryland Zoo and other attractions that appeal to you using our Baltimore vacation builder.
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  • We visited the Maryland Zoo on Palm Sunday 2017. The weather was wonderful so it made this trip just pleasant. As we entered the parking lot was extremely busy. However when we got through the entranc...  more »
  • I visited the Baltimore zoo with a group of friend and the main reason I wanted to go was to feed the giraffe. Well apparently in the colder months they do not allow giraffe encounters, so I was disap...  more »
  • The family enjoyed to walking the zoo. The animals were out and about. We did however, miss the polar bears. Loved visiting again.  more »
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  • It's hard to compete with the National Zoo so close, but the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore does a good job. We visited on a particularly cold day and got half off admission. Several exhibits were closed for the comfort of the animals in the chilly conditions, but the weather meant that the ones the were on display were easily accessible. The animals' habitats are well designed to make sure that they are comfy while still allowing visitors to appreciate them. The new(?) penguin exhibit is really well put together, and I'm looking​ forward to seeing what improvements they've made to some of the other exhibits once it warms up.
  • Even though the DC zoo is free and about equal distance from us, my family still loves to go to the Maryland Zoo. It is really well done; my kids love the penguin exhibit and feeding the giraffes. We have also had really good luck catching the polar bear up and about. My daughter is also obsessed with the shuttle ride; the walk through the woods is scenic and peaceful too if you'd rather walk. One of our favorite summer activities!
  • Generally nice exhibits, several nice new additions, overall the facilities are in acceptable condition, food court area could be a bit better. Parking is consistently a painful process, and if you get pushed up in the grass on the hills... it just doesn't seem safe. Ground is not consistently level. They need more legitimate parking spaces or more people guiding the parking that's happening in the grass to avoid these people trying to park their cars on some of these steep/awkward inclines.
  • Great little zoo. Perfect for kids. You can do the whole zoo in a half day. While the people national zoo in DC is free, you have to pay for parking there or find parking on the street an walk forever. Here, you pay admission and parking is on their property and free.
  • Awesome Zoo! Worth way more than the cost of admission! Every employee was helpful and would ask if we needed directions to certain exhibits. They would remind us of feeding times, and zoo-keeper talks. It was a really good time and I'd go back if I'm in the Baltimore area again. The only negative factor was the layout of the zoo was not extremely clear. Not a huge issue but more painted paw prints may have led us to certain exhibits as opposed to backtracking a couple times.