Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Baltimore, MD
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description:

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore engages visitors with the wonders of the living world through personal encounters with wildlife. Set amidst the quiet, forested beauty of Druid Hill Park, the Zoo is home to more than 1,500 mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles representing nearly 200 species. Visitors can observe animals in naturalistic exhibits, interact with keepers and trained educators, and enjoy attractions such as camel rides, the Giant Tree Slide, and the KidZone petting zoo.

Established in 1876, the Zoo has been a popular destination for people of all ages for 130 years. It offers a unique and compelling setting for learning about wildlife, wild places, and the importance of conservation and environmental stewardship.

In the Maryland Wilderness exhibit, visitors “walk across Maryland ” from the freshwater marshes of the Chesapeake Bay westward to a piedmont stream, mountain cave, woodlands, meadow and working farmyard. Visitors discover the wonders of their most accessible natural world, the Maryland wilderness. Through signage and school programs offered on grounds, they are encouraged to protect the Bay. They learn that the entire state falls within the Chesapeake Bay watershed and that every drop of water, polluted or pure, finds its way eventually to the Bay.

Location / Directions:

The Zoo is located in beautiful Druid Hill Park - less than 10 minutes from Baltimore 's Downtown Inner Harbor. Parking is FREE!

  • From I-83 North and South - Take Exit 7 (West) to Druid Park Lake Drive - follow signs to the Zoo.
  • From I-95 South - Take I-695 West to I-83 South. Take Exit 7 (West) to Druid Park Lake Drive - follow signs to the Zoo.
  • From I-95 North - Take I-395 North (Exit 53), continue onto Pratt Street , then turn left onto President Street . Continue straight on I-83 North. Take Exit 7 (West) to Druid Park Lake Drive - follow signs to the Zoo.
  • From I-70 - Take I-695 North to I-83 South. Take Exit 7 (West) to Druid Park Lake Drive - follow signs to the Zoo.
  • From Downtown Baltimore - Take Pratt Street to President Street and turn left. Continue straight on I-83 North. Take Exit 7 (West) to Druid Park Lake Drive - follow signs to the Zoo.

For more information about public transportation, please call the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) at 410-539-5000 or visit their website.

Address: Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Druid Hill Park
Baltimore, MD 21217
Phone: (410) 396-7102

In the Maryland Wilderness exhibit:

  • Look for butterflies, frogs, turtles and other local wildlife in a natural bog
  • Walk like a gallinule across giant-sized lilypads in a freshwater marsh
  • Pretend you're a marsh bird and sit in an oversized nest (or two)
  • Stand in an underwater viewing area and see otters cavorting overhead in a piedmont stream
  • Discover forest life from the inside out – enter a white oak snag at root level, climb into the canopy, and slide back to the ground on the Giant Tree Slide!
  • Visit a working farmyard and learn about connections between Maryland agriculture and the Chesapeake Bay

On-grounds Programming:

Visitors can investigate artifacts and chat with Zoo educators at EdZOOcation Stations, informal, hands-on learning stations that include one on the Chesapeake Bay and one on bog turtles. Visitors can get more information on the Chesapeake Bay at the Maryland Wilderness Education Outpost attached to the Maryland Wilderness exhibit.

School Programs:

The Zoo offers Free Admission for Maryland School Groups - All Maryland school, daycare and Head Start students enter the Zoo free with a pre-registered group. One adult (teacher or chaperone) enters free for every four students in the group. To register, fill out the information requested below and fax or mail this form to the Zoo (address and fax number are given below). All individuals (adult and student) entering the Zoo with an out-of-state school, daycare or Head Start pay the current group rate. Resources are available on the website at, follow the link from the school bus image.

School groups for a modest fee can focus their visit to the Zoo on the Chesapeake Bay or its watershed by signing up in advance for particular programs offered by the School Programs Department such as “Disappearing Bog,” “Wings over Maryland Meadows,” or “Walk Across Maryland.”

Birding and Wildlife Viewing Educational Programs Tours / Walking Tours

Operating Hours: Open every day from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed January, February, Thanksgiving, December 25, and the second Friday in June for ZOOMERANG.
Fees: $15.00 Adults (ages 12-64), $12.00 Seniors (ages 65+), $10.00 Children (ages 2-11), Children under 2 are FREE. Parking is free!
Visitor Facilities:

Exhibits at the Maryland Zoo: In addition to the Maryland Wilderness and Children's Zoo exhibit, visitors to the Zoo can enjoy the Polar Bear Watch exhibit and the African Journey exhibit. See polar bears, Arctic fox, snowy owls and ravens in the Polar Bear Watch exhibit and discover what it's like to live in the company of wildlife on the edge of the Arctic, in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada . Imagine yourself on safari in Africa as you wander through the African Journey exhibit, meeting leopards, lions, giraffe, elephants and many other species of wildlife along the way.

Strollers/Wheelchairs: Strollers and wheelchairs are available for a nominal fee. Please inquire at Wild Things Gift shop upon entering the Zoo.

Food/Refreshments: Food and refreshment services are provided by Aramark services throughout the Zoo. Vending machines are also provided in several locations throughout the Zoo. A portion of all sales directly benefits The Maryland Zoo's conservation and education programs.

Gift Shops: Wild Things Gift Shop carries Plush animals, toys, apparel, gifts, books and more - all with a wildlife conservation theme. You may inquire at the gift shop for stroller and wheelchair rentals.

Trams: Hop aboard our trams and be transported to the center of the Zoo to begin your journey.

Restrooms: Restrooms are handicap accessible, equipped with changing stations and available in several locations throughout the Zoo.

Public Telephones: Located at the Village Green and Oasis.

ATM: Located near the Explorer's Cantina at the Village Green.

Picnic Tables/Eating Areas: Relax at one of several eating areas located throughout the Zoo or find a quiet spot to picnic with your family. The Zoo offers plenty of space to experience the best of your visit – including scenic picnic areas by Waterfowl Lake . (occasionally closed for private events).

First Aid: First Aid is provided by Zoo Security. If you require assistance, please ask a Zoo employee to notify Security.


The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore makes every effort to accommodate visitors with physical disabilities. There are parking spaces at the entrance for disabled visitors. Wheelchairs (non-motorized) are available for rent from the Wild Things Gift Shop for a nominal fee. Restrooms at the Zoo's entrance and in the Village Green are wheelchair-accessible.

Zoo exhibits are also wheelchair-accessible. Please be aware, however, that the Zoo is an outdoor experience, sometimes over hilly terrain and along irregular paths. The Zoo welcomes service animals. In the unlikely event that the presence of a service animal disturbs animals in the Zoo's collection, however, the service animal will have to be walked to another part of the Zoo.

Group tours may arrange for sign-language, oral, or cued-speech interpreters for scheduled programs by calling 443-552-5300 at least two weeks in advance.


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