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Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo

Address: 13019 Catoctin Furnace Road, Thurmont, MD 21788
Phone Number: 301-271-4922
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Ranked #6 of 11 Attractions in Thurmont
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Owner description: From macaws to monkeys, boas to bears, this zoo offers visitors a chance to get...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner 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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Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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51 reviews 51 reviews
9 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

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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7 reviews 7 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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515 reviews 515 reviews
259 attraction reviews
266 helpful votes 266 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
7 helpful votes 7 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
40 helpful votes 40 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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