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Address: 13019 Catoctin Furnace Road, Thurmont, MD 21788
Phone Number: 301-271-4922
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Description: From macaws to monkeys, boas to bears, this zoo offers visitors a chance...
From macaws to monkeys, boas to bears, this zoo offers visitors a chance to get up-close-and-personal with many different animals.
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Same old, same old.

I've reviewed this zoo before somewhat unfavorably. I wish I could say it has gotten better, but that would be a lie. It has become a family tradition to go here once a year... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
TheBubble0710
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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

I've reviewed this zoo before somewhat unfavorably. I wish I could say it has gotten better, but that would be a lie. It has become a family tradition to go here once a year with our 3 children, now ages 4, 5 and 7. They still seem to enjoy it, so we will continue to come back every year until... More 

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Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

While it doesn't have as much as the National Zoo nearby, Catoctin has a lot to offer. There are so many exhibits, and animals appear to have a good amount of space & are happy (except for the wolves, but I'm no animal expert). The monkeys are very interactive; I could watch them for hours! My niece's favorite part was... More 

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Duxbury, Vermont
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53 reviews 53 reviews
9 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

We visited the Preserve on the recommendation of a local friend. Went with son and granddaughter age 22 mons. Our visit was in mid November so some of the exhibits and animals where closed or in winter quarters, but still there was more than a full days worth! Great exhibit of venomous snakes. But the real surprise was the great... More 

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Duxbury, Vermont, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

We were very surprised and pleased with this place. A local friend told us about it and I went with my son and granddaughter. It was in early November so some of the attractions were already closed, but there was so very much to see anyhow. Loved the snake house! Really nice collection of snakes. We also loved how close... More 

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Easton, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I very much enjoyed this zoo. We rode the camel and toured the zoo. We didn't have time for the safari, but I will say that we are definitely going back so that we can. The staff was fantastic and helpful especially the gentleman who took us around on the camel. It is a fantastic place that... More 

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Westminster, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

My husband and myself took our 2 grandsons. We were able to print $3 off coupons for each adult but for the 4 of us it was still $50. We realize this is a private zoo and this is how they take care of the animals. It is very walkable, no hills, great for small children and strollers. I didn't... More 

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Frederick
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532 reviews 532 reviews
265 attraction reviews
281 helpful votes 281 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This is lush little local park zoo which we visit every other year or so. This time there were lots of bird exhibits, which I love but are not what zoos are all about. It is nice to see the changes in the greenery and habitats that they expand and build each time we visit though. There is a great... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I visited this zoo 2 years ago and at that time I would have agreed with most of the negative reviews.Sun Bear enclosure was too small,as was the lions and Patas monkeys.BUT,when I visited the zoo last Sunday,I was pleasantly surprised.The Sun Bears were in a way larger enclosure,the lions were replaced with an Andean Condor and the Patas monkeys... More 

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Downingtown, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Like hands on, little pricey, larger than expected, very nice staff, up close and personal with animals

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York Springs, Pennsylvania
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53 reviews 53 reviews
20 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We recently visited the zoo. It is nice to visit. They have many animals. There is a good bit of shade. It is a great way to spend the day with your spouse, children or grandchildren. If is not large like the National zoo, but it is closer to home for us. You can leisurely take your time and enjoy... More 

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