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“Enjoyable day” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Maryland Zoo

The Maryland Zoo
Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD 21217
+1 410-366-5466
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Ranked #46 of 133 Attractions in Baltimore
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: Visitors meet more than 1,500 animals including chimpanzees, elephants, leopards and warthogs as they journey on an African safari, groom goats in the Farmyard, explore the winding trails through the Lyn P. Myerhoff Maryland Wilderness and watch the polar bears swim next to you at the underwater viewing window. New in 2014 - Penguin Coast! Home to the Zoo's African penguins. Opening Sept. 27, 2014!
Bethesda, Maryland, United States
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“Enjoyable day”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

My first visit to this zoo. I work at the Smithsonian National Zoo, so I look at zoos in general with a very critical eye. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the enclosures, and did not see extreme examples of animal stress. However I did not care for the polar bear exhibit, which is too small for such a very large animal. There was an awful lot of construction in both main parts of the zoo (the African section, building the penguin enclosure, and the Maryland wildlife where most of it seemed to be under construction). I would say they are doing too much all at the same time, the construction noise was constant. We we there on a Wednesday during term time, and the school kids provided even more decibels. It was much more pleasant after about 2pm when they had all left: we almost had the zoo to ourselves. The main restaurant surprised us with their very good crab cakes. Who would have thought it? Particularly enjoyed the flight cage, and watching the superb rhinos.

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“Decent Zoo, Working on new exhibits”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Went there as part of the Brew in the Zoo last weekend. Nice set up and everyone working there was. Good for kids. Not too much walking for the little ones. Overall its a nice zoo.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Lots to see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Very extensive zoo, great children's zoo, Lion cubs not on display yet but will be soon,
Parking lots not great for strollers due to cobblestone paving.
Petting zoo a big hit with two year old
Take tram to exhibits, save yourself walking hills.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Beautiful zoo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The Maryland Zoo is a wonderful place to take the kids for some fun. The walk to get to the animals is quite pretty and peaceful or you can take the tram for free. They are doing some renovation projects, which look like they will be fantastic when completed. There were various demonstrations and talks going on the day we visited. The one area specifically for kids was closed, which was disappointing. The cost was about $45 for my husband , 10 year old son, 1 year old daughter and myself. Our 1 year old was free. Like all gift shops, the zoo's shop was pricey and food as well. We packed our lunch and ate there.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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“Wow! Very impressive!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Family trip to the zoo.
So - we've seen all the local DC zoos - National Zoo, Reston & Catoctin.... so we decided to venture to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, formerly the Baltimore Zoo. I wasn't really expecting much as my wife had been 20 years ago as a young adult and said it was "sad" and "not much".

Well --- a LOT has changed in 20 years!

Having been to Zoos all over the world both big and small, I wasn't expecting much. In the past 40 years, I've visited countless zooz including the Brooklyn Zoo, the London Zoo, San Diego Zoo, Honolulu Zoo, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (CO) and even one in Japan. From observation, I've learned somethings about zoos... animal husbandry, natural enclosures and visitor experience.

Well -- This place is great! The animals (both large & small) have ample room to roam as their enclosures allow for lots of roaming area -- yet ample access for all to see. To enter you can either take the 5-8 minute walk downhill, or take the shuttles to the interior of the park. With little children - I recommend the tram / shuttles.

While the National Zoo's big draws are their Giant Panda, new Elephant enclosure and Orangutan climbing towers -- the MD Zoo has many different 'big draws' - Polar Bears, Giraffes (with Giraffe feeding), Rhinos -- plus Lions, Elephants and a Cheetah (like the National Zoo).

MD Zoo also has a carousel, a miniature train, Camel rides ($7 per person), Giraffe feeding ($2 per group) and ample areas to stretch out and relax.

We bought the Deluxe Family pass for $125 - and although we live in Silver Spring, we know we'll be back again as we skipped some sections (Aviary & Maryland Wilderness). Normal cost for a family of 4 with 2 grandparents was over $75. So the Annual Membership is worth it - even if we only go 2x.

Recommendations for the Zoo The Gift Shop at the main entrance is weak in selection. Catoctin Zoo has more things to choose from, and just feels more like a zoo gift shop. Hardly any 'smalls' - magnets, patches, items with kids names on them, hats, etc...
Love to see more arctic animals - Martens, Caribou, Wolverines, Snowy Owls.... or perhaps an exhibit of North American Animals since the NAIB has Australia and the National Zoo has South America.

Parking: Free (grass & gravel lot)
Location: An 'improving' area of Baltimore
Cost: No cheap, but worth it
Food: Oasis Cafe has a limited selection
Bathrooms: n/a
Food: Oasis Cafe needs to add 1-2 items of substance besides a hot dog & a pretzel.

Of Note: This zoo is quite "hilly" so prepare for a moderate hike.

Visited May 2014
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