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Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo

13019 Catoctin Furnace Road, Thurmont, MD 21788
301-271-4922
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Ranked #6 of 11 Attractions in Thurmont
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos
Description: 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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York Springs, Pennsylvania
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51 reviews 51 reviews
20 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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Wallingford, CT
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We took my three year old son to this zoo last week with my in laws. We were very disappointed. Our bad experience started right at the admission booth. My father in law had a coupon for a discounted admission along with a discounted safari ride. We discussed with the cashier that we also had AAA, as they also offer... More

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Milwaukie,Oregon
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136 reviews 136 reviews
35 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

Spacious compared to most I've seen in many other states. Animals look well cared for. Grounds clean. Lots of interactive stuff to do and you can focus on what interests the kids. Kids enjoyed feeding the animals but were fascinated with feeding the big "gold fish", especially the ones that ate right out of their hands. I thought the price... More

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Chase Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I have been taking my Children and Grandchildren here for years. Don't expect the San Diego Wildlife park, but for a family owned park, it is great! The staff has always been very friendly and helpful. I took a few kids from our neighborhood that had never been there and they loved feeding the animals. A great way to spend... More

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Fayetteville, PA
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Zoo was not very well kept, a lot of the exhibits were closed, and worst of all, a lot of the animals appeared to be in poor health. There were baboons which had what appeared to be massive tumors in their rear ends, birds with no feathers, etc. We felt very sorry for all the animals there, and left feeling... More

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1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The first thing I noticed was the horrible smell of feces near each exhibit. Most animal housing resembles cages vs. a habitat. I felt sorry for the larger animals who paced (captive behavior). Smaller zoos really have a hard time keeping up with humane treatment of their animals.

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Washington, DC
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We sent to the staff at the Catoctin Wuildlife Preserve and Zoo the following commendation of this magnificent zoo: We wish to express our appreciation of the CWP and the staff who make it such a wonderful wildlife preserve. The number and variety of animals is extraordinary. Each animal inhabits a beautifully tailored environment, and all appear so well cared... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I visited the zoo today with my two kids, ages 3 and 7. My kids love animals so we decided to visit Catoctin, based on the ability to get up close to and feed the animals. We paid the extra $10 per person for the safari ride. Unfortunately, the safari was canceled due to mechanical problems. Before our safari was... More

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South Daytona, Florida
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58 reviews 58 reviews
26 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Have only been here a few times in my life, but always enjoy it. My little nephew has been here a few times recently, so he kind of acted like our personal tour guide, lol. I may be kind of bias but my favorite part was getting to see the tiger. :)

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Baltimore, Maryland
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103 reviews 103 reviews
39 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This place kind of reminds me of that movie "We Bought A Zoo" - very mom and pop but the staff is friendly and the kids love this place. Parking was easy and convenient. I recommend spending the extra $10.00 for the safari ride - it really makes the whole trip worth it. My suggestion is pack your own water... More

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