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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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  • The zoo is not too large and is easy to navigate with children. There is a delightful tram that will take you back to the parking lot at the end of hour visit when you are all tuckered out. The new pe...  more »
  • We have some experience with zoo's having visited six different zoos in the past year. I have to say, I believe the exhibits at the Maryland Zoo are top notch. The viewing areas are vast and unique fo...  more »
  • We have two little ones (age 3) and love Zoo visits. We are members at our local Zoo so get members savings all over the US--including the Maryland Zoo. Great exhibits, and can conquer this zoo in 2 t...  more »
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  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!