The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

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The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore Reviews

WalterC WalterC
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The zoo outside of downtown Aug 26, 2017
Located north of the downtown area, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is a bit out of the way to get to. Getting there without a car, can be a little difficult. The nearest subway stop is about a block away, and would require walking up and down a hill. And in a neighborhood that may not feel safe. But once you reach the zoo itself, all of that is quickly forgotten.

The zoo seems to be divided into 2 distinct parts, with one part being the entrance, gift shop and just one animal, which is the black-tailed prairie dogs. And the other part is the main one, which has 3 different sub-parts. Getting between the two parts, can be an issue, as they are quite a distance. If choosing to walk, you will have to walk up and down a hill. But luckily, there is a shuttle tram, that does transport visitors to the main part and back.

But once you reach the main part, it is definitely a nice place to visit. Starting with the African penguins, to the start of African Journey. This has part of the trail on a boardwalk, where you see African animals along the way. Reaching the other side, is the elephant yard, with the African elephants. As it is mostly shaded, this part is definitely the best part of the zoo.

Other parts include the Maryland Wilderness, which has a more local focus. This has the Marsh Aviary, along with a trail through a forest, seeing North American animals as well as the Farmyard (with the farm animals). This was a very nice walkthrough. And there is the Polar Bear Watch, which is small and can be seen quickly, but underwhelming.

A small zoo, it can be seen in a couple hours. While not spectacular, this zoo is nice for its size. Definitely worth a look if you have the time and want to see some animals. And if you have a car, as parking is free. But not really worth going out of your way to see it, unless you are a zoo enthusiast.

I would give this zoo, 3 ½ stars out of 5.
"Otter Rocks" sculpture, near entr…
black-tailed prairie dogs
pink-backed pelican
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