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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. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Baltimore trip simple and quick.
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  • October 1, 2017
    We had the opportunity to visit the zoo recently with our grandson. I was impressed with a many of the displays where animals had a lot of room to move around like the giraffes, zebras and chimps. And...  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    A really nice Zoo. From the entrance, a shuttle takes some minutes until the actual Zoo. This is divided into several areas - each area for an experience. A special highlight: you can off a bus out see down into the bear enclosure and observe the animals very beautiful. The entire facility is spacious and very well kept. There are both native and exotic animals. The cave is great. A very nice day. Entry as well as the prices of extras (drinks, etc.) go in order.
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  • September 20, 2017
    I have visited the Maryland/Baltimore Zoo for over 40 years. I have always felt that it was one of the best and most accessible zoos including some that I have visited in Asia. I went to the Maryland ...  more »
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  • June 7, 2017
    You will love this zoo if you like wild animals. The animal enclosures are bigger than at most zoos and the animals seem happier. Please stop balking at the high ticket prices. Do you think that it is cheap to maintain this place?
  • June 16, 2017
    This is a really nice Zoo although rather expensive to visit especially being so close to the National Zoo in Washington DC which is actually free. Unfortunately I went on a day when they were having the Brewfest which really messed everything up at the zoo for people who just wanted to go to the zoo there was a really long walk to get to the zoo from the handicap parking area which was really hard on me because I'm handicapped. It cost $56 just to get into the zoo for my wife my daughter and myself which was really expensive. The animals all looked in great shape although some of the exhibits were not complete or open. Other exhibits were in need of upkeep or repair I really liked the new penguin exhibit much better than the older one however they need to do something with the older one other than just leaving it abandon.
  • July 4, 2017
    I have many fond memories from the zoo, both as a child and an adult. The zoo has a variety of exhibits, and staff that are dedicated to providing the utmost care to the animals. Great place for a family outing. Also impressed by the zoo's involvement in many conservation efforts.
  • March 24, 2017
    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.
  • May 26, 2017
    This place is HUGE, has a great variety of animals, and lots to do. It also seems well organized. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly too. To note: there are small train and trolley rides that can fit several families, a giant tree slide, small "farm", and a carousel. Events seem to occur daily.

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For quick and easy access to practically all of Baltimore's major attractionswhile on holiday, follow the example of most tourists and stay near the Inner Harbor neighborhood. Few cities boast such a well-defined tourist district, it shouldn't come as a surprise that all the major chain hotels in the city are located right in this busy neighborhood. If you prefer to stay in a quieter area offering a bit more local character, consider one of the city's outlying districts, offering affordable accommodations and plenty of dining and shopping options.
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