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The Maryland Zoo
Based on 203 traveler reviews
Its something to do....
Nov 27, 2013 by: Ms F from Landover, Maryland
If you enjoy the zoo, this one is nice. This was a great field trip because it is free for students. It's small compared to the National Zoo in DC; however, there are still plenty of animals to see if they are out. Luckily, we went on a rainy day so we saw all of the animals. However, I have been when it was hot and several animals stayed inside. My favorite event that the zoo hosts is "Brew at the ZOO" which usually occurs in May. It is a fee; however, it benefits the zoo. They have several food/drink vendors, music, and games for the kids. You can also go out and visit the zoo as well.
One of the best small zoos I've seen
Nov 24, 2013 by: spinkick from Illinois
You will need a car to go here but worth the trip. Have to go through a very run down area but i would have had no fear of getting out of the car. Parking is across the street in a lot and handicapped cars along the street. The zoo itsself is more of a nature park with animals. There is a special section of native Maryland animals &plants. After the ticket area you can climb up the hill or wait for a trolley to take you up. There are many sitting places. The "restaurant" area is located by the bathrooms and petting zoo but there are snack huts by the giraffes. There is a merry-go-round and a "train". The train goes around the outside of the park and past the monkey house-is more of a cute thing for kids to ride than an actual train. There is regular maintanance. Currently they are expanding the polar bear exhibit. Animals are well cared for and are the usual elephant,zebra,giraffe etc. Was an enjoyable outdoor experience
Improves every year
Nov 24, 2013 by: Stacy K from Westminster, Maryland
I have been going to this zoo since I was a child. This is a great zoo. The polar bear exhibit is great. There are lots of special events for the family. There is a nice playground for the kids. The exhibits have all improved over the years. They are now working on a new penguin exhibit. The only thing that has not improved is the concessions. A few years ago they subcontracted the concessions to an outside source. The food quality and service dropped significantly. I recommend packing a lunch.
Good for an afternoon stop
Nov 14, 2013 by: dave6857 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
My wife and I stopped by for a quick tour of the zoo while visiting Baltimore. We have a membership to the Pittsburgh Zoo so it's a nice perk to get half price admission to other zoos with that. The zoo isn't that large so it didn't take very long to get around everything. The entrance was a little odd as you have to take a 5 minute walk or a tram to get to the main part of the zoo. The animals were up and active while we were there. We enjoyed the overlook over the elephant exhibit as there were two pulling each other's trunks and ramming heads. I think the zoo will be much improved once the new penguin habitat is completed.
Maryland zoo - a toddler's delight
Nov 07, 2013 by: Suchismita C from Elkridge, Maryland
The Maryland Zoo at Baltimore is perfect for one and a half to two year old toddlers, who are interested in animals. We took our 20 mo old to the zoo last weekend, and she was thrilled to watch the animals. The zoo is small and our toddler insisted on walking most of it. Although the zoo is small and the selection of animals small - it is perfect for toddlers with a small attention span and diverse enough to catch their interest for a few hours. Although as an adult I expected much more, I understand that as a parent of a toddler it was as much as she could handle. So based on a toddler's perspective I rate the zoo 4/5. I also like that the keepers take time to talk about animals and have a show and tell about a featured animal for that day. I was not happy about the food choice. I would say pack your own lunch and snacks, especially for a toddler. The food quality and choice is poor and over priced! We were stuck with soft pretzels, nachos from a bag, or an over priced hot dog for $4.50 at the Oasis. What a disappointment for lunch after a long trek through the zoo!
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