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.
Photos of Animals at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
The zoo is located in the heart of Druid Hill Park. It's address is 1876 Mansion House Dr., Baltimore, MD, 21217
- Adults: $13
- Children (2-12): $9
- Seniors (65 and up): $11
- Adults: $15
- Children: $10
- Seniors: $12
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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
The large parking lot near the main entrance is free and spots are plentiful.
Open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The zoo is closed Thanksgiving. In January and February, the zoo is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and admission is half price. The zoo resumes normal ticketing and pricing on March 1.
Food and refreshment services are provided by Aramark services 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.
However, several construction projects are now taking place in the main concession area, so food service and bathroom facilities are now temporarily located next to the entrance to the boardwalk to Africa. The Oasis stand near the elephant yard is open daily. Food service is very limited during the renovations, but includes cold sandwiches, salads, grilled hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers, sodas, chips and ice cream treats. Because service will be limited, zoo officials suggest that visitors pack a picnic with drinks.
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 $5 per person.
- Feed a giraffe - For $2 visitors can feed the giraffes a leafy branch of browse. The Giraffe Feeding Station is open everyday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (weather permitting).
- Classic carousel
- Petting zoo