Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

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Set on 160 acres in Druid Hill Park, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is the nation's third-oldest zoo. Chartered by the state legislature in 1876, the zoo has more than 1,500 birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles, representing nearly 200 species. Animals are displayed in natural settings replicating their native habitats.

Because it's located in North Baltimore, the zoo often is overshadowed by the city's Inner Harbor attractions.

But anyone who skips the zoo is making a big mistake. A zoo outing makes for a family-friendly, affordable afternoon, and the facility houses more impressive animals than you may think. Polar bears, lions, big cats, elephants, giraffes all call the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore home.

Location and Parking

The zoo is located in the heart of Druid Hill Park. Its address is 1876 Mansion House Dr., Baltimore, MD, 21217. The large parking lot near the main entrance is free and spots are plentiful.

Hours and Tickets

Open every day from 10 am to 4 pm, opening at 9:30 am between Memorial Day and Labor day. The zoo is closed Thanksgiving. In January and February, the zoo is open Fridays through Mondays.

See their website for ticket prices and to order them online.

Membership

There are several membership packages available. All come with:

  • Unlimited, year-round admission for one year
  • Free or reduced admission to over 100 other zoos and aquariums
  • Free subscriptions to members-only publications ZOOgram
  • Discounts on zoo camps and in zoo gift shops
  • Discounted guest admission passes everyday
  • Use of the members express entrance - quick entry on busy summer days
  • Invitations to the annual members' picnic and members-only events

Concessions

Food and refreshment services are provided throughout the zoo.

Vending machines are also provided in several locations. A portion of all sales directly benefits The Maryland Zoo’s conservation and education programs.

The Whistle Stop Grille is open year-round, with other options also available during non-winter hours. Food service includes cold sandwiches, salads, grilled hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers, sodas, chips and ice cream treats. 

Shopping

The Wild Things gift shop sells stuffed animals, toys, apparel, gifts, and books. Stroller and wheelchair rentals also are available.

Exhibits and Attractions

  • Ride a camel - From Memorial Day to Labor Day visitors can ride a camel for $7 per person (as of 2016).
  • Feed a giraffe - For $3 ($2 for members) visitors can feed the giraffes a leafy branch of browse. The Giraffe Feeding Station is open every day from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm (weather permitting).
  • Classic carousel and train rides
  • Petting zoo