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The Maryland Zoo
Based on 252 traveler reviews
Average zoo in a bad area.
Aug 30, 2014 by: GuitarGuy7 from Washington DC, District of Columbia
I went to the Maryland Zoo in May 2014. While I had an overall good time, the majority of my visit was just average. The zoo itself just seemed weird -- from the layout to animal selection. The zoo had no rhyme or reason. Upon arrival, I had to walk down a long, steep walkway for what seemed like forever and then the first thing I see is construction everywhere. I then realize that a deck is the walkway between exhibits, which seemed to be on man-made hills (as if the zoo made it purposefully more difficult to get places instead of just being on flat land). Many of the animal exhibits were poorly designed. In several of them, the exhibit was actually so big that the animals were tiny specks in the distance as they were so far away. Good for the animals, not so good for those actually wanting to see them. The entire "Maryland Wilderness" wing of the zoo (north end) is a total waste of space. It is simply a long and winding path with trees and plants--things you can see by looking out of the zoo's parking lot. No animals seen at all. Don't waste your time. The employees were fairly rude. The few that actually acknowledged my existence when I said 'hi' as I passed either rolled their eyes or sighed when they realized they had to say hello back to me. The drive to the zoo within Baltimore city itself was fairly bad. The area immediately outside of the zoo seemed to be very rough and crime-ridden. Perhaps not the best place to be driving a family of young kids. The zoo grounds itself, however, seemed fairly safe. The surrounding area isn't the zoo's fault, of course, but it is important to keep in mind if visiting. I say skip this zoo and go to the National Zoo in Washington, DC instead.
Aug 19, 2014 by: pa_shopgirl from PA
Really enjoyed the variety of animals - from polar bears and penguins to rhinos and crocodiles. Well-educated staff available throughout the zoo to answer questions. Very reasonably priced. Best part was feeding the giraffe. Worst part was all of the construction (however, the improvements should be great once done).
Aug 18, 2014 by: Carla H from Richmond, Virginia, United States
We visited the zoo on Saturday. The weather was perfect and we were excited to visit the zoo. Heck I didn't know Maryland had a zoo. It cost $33 for two people for enter the zoo. You're given a map of the zoo and at first glance, you think the zoo is large, but it's not. Once you enter the zoo, there are iron statues of lions, a gift shop and a prairie dog exhibit. After visiting the prairie dog exhibit, you have to walk pass a large covered picnic area and then decide if you're going to walk down the hill to see the animals or wait for the trolley. It's a short walk. At the bottom of the hill, there is a section for kids to ride a merry go round or get something to snack on. According to the map of the zoo, you can go in one of 2 directions an see everything. The animals looked sad and did not seem to care of guests were excited to see them. The chimpanzees were outside in an area that had a tire and other things they could play with. However, they were just sitting there looking at each other. One of them had a sore on his hand and he looked scared. The elephants were walking around eating hay that their handlers put out for them. There were zebras, ostriches, and rhinos in one area. We were talking to other zoo guest and they said the same thing about the animals looking sad. I would not recommend this zoo. We'll visit the DC Zoo on our next visit.
Aug 15, 2014 by: 4mntnlvrs from Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
Visited zoo today with my 2 sons. While we enjoyed the zoo overall, we left with mixed reviews/feelings about the exhibits... some were very spacious and well-planned, such as the polar bear area & giraffe exhibit and the MD native species/children's zoo ara. Others were very small and the animals looked bored, sad or were engaging in repeated/stereotyped behaviors. My sons were especially excited to see the large cats; however, their enclosures were probably the worst of all. Unacceptably small and lacking the features found in larger cat exhibits in other US zoos we've visited. Hopefully, after the new penguin exhibit is completed, the MD zoo will focus on improving the living conditions for these magnificent creatures.
Renovations everywhere still nice though
Aug 09, 2014 by: Kelley B from Buckhannon, West Virginia
I have very find memories of this zoo from when I was a child so I was eager to take my own child. Many of the same things that I enjoyed as a child are still there so it was somewhat nostalgic for me. The zoo is undergoing a lot of renovations. The penguin area will be awesome when it is done, but right now, the penguins look like they live the the ghetto. They don't seem to mind. The polar bear exhibit was cool, but there was only one polar bear and he seemed very lonely. My four year old daughter lived it, especially the area with the farm animals. She loved brushing the goats and sliding down the big tree slide. I would say she would give the zoo a full 5 stars and I think I would too once the renovations are done. Overall we enjoyed our trip and would go back without hesitation!
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