I was slightly suspect about the Baltimore zoo. I grew up near DC and have been many times to the National zoo and always enjoyed it. We read the reviews on tripadvisor and decided to go for my daughter's first birthday. We LOVED it! What a great zoo :) It was small enough to be ultra manageable for small kids, but designed so that you are very close to the animals and we saw every animal except the lions. The park was clean. The staff was happy, friendly, and helpful. There are places to buy food, drinks, and snacks. There are facilities if you bring your own food. There was a pretty little playground for young kids to play on. It does cost around $18 per adult, but you can buy season passes and check with your work for discounts. We will be back! Do not hesitate to go to this zoo, we felt very safe and had a great experience!