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Plumpton Park Zoo, Rising Sun

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Zoo / Aquarium
Plumpton Park offers the perfect blend of big zoo animals and small zoo comfort. Come see animals like Jimmie the Giraffe, Louie the Black Bear, and Zoe the Zebra along with Alexis and Miracle the Siberian Tigers in a very close and intimate setting. We're a wonderful destination for children and families as well as animal lovers of all ages. The is also a shaded picnic area and snack bar.
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  • We found this on accident on a long trip, when we needed a detour to get out of the car-- we've been back twice on accident! The animals are literally in your face. My daughter loves playing with the ...  more »
  • We have taken our granddaughter twice to Plumpton Park Zoo, when she was 1 and again at age 2. They have a variety of animals even though it is small. We have been to other zoos where you have to walk...  more »
  • This zoo is great, talk about ingenuity... I remember when the guys first started the zoo... over the years it has evolved to a family run zoo. The animals always come first...of course there is a bud...  more »
  • My 7 yr old & 3.5 yr old grandkids loved this little country zoo and so did I. A surprising selection of animals included two Bengal tigers (one white), an alligator, monkeys, assorted birds, camels, bobcat, bear, fox, bison, llamas and/or alpacas & much more... plus a few creatures I had never even heard of before! Very clean environment including the animal cages, well kept with lots of shade from mature trees on a hot day & even a sprinkler here & there to try and run under (great conditions for both animals and guests). We found clean bathrooms for the humans too! The animals' water dispensers and swimming pools had plenty of fresh clear water. Jimmy Giraffe was a favorite for us, he came right over to the fence to greet us -- apparently there are times you can help feed him but we weren't there at the right moment -- it didn't matter to us because he was very social and friendly anyway. The tiger enclosure has a donation box to help rebuild their pen -- the kids were thrilled to contribute a little toward it. The gift shop area is tiny (YAY!) and affordable, each kid can get a small souvenir & a hot dog, chips & soda on the way out if without breaking the bank. A very fun & affordable day out. Highly recommended!
  • I really enjoyed going to zoo it's not a very big Zoo but it's big enough to enjoy and have fun. all the employees I met were very courteous most of the animals seem to be well taken care of physically the price was very reasonable. I went with four people two adults and two children and it was $40 to get in. When I first started looking at the zoo I was afraid to go because it was in Rising Sun Maryland and I'm black American and I didn't think that I would feel comfortable or welcome there we was the only black American family there I was highly surprised that a lot of other families randomly talk to us about the animals and did we see certain exhibits it was pretty cool experience
  • It is losing its charm, the larger it gets, and more commercial it becomes. We used to love this place, and joined as a family. Now it is being over-ran with chain-link fenced cages. It is not nearly as enjoyable to come here, as it used to be.
  • For the price, a great time for kids. Especially enjoyed the ability to hand feed dime of the animals. My main issue is the quality of the exhibits for the animals. They all seem kind of thrown together. I've been to a number of well run zoos and sanctuaries, and comparatively it seems like they just kind of threw the environments together.
  • Its okay. Some of the animals, I feel, should be living in better habitats then they are. Kind of made me want to have them rescued :( I did notice though that it looks like they are rennovating the place and building new habitats. It was not the worst zoo I have been too, but it certainly wasnt the best. Hopefully they can improve for the animals sake.