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Maryland Zoo

A small, historic animal park has a modern African safari, Arctic exhibit and children’s petting farm and play area among its top attractions.

The small Maryland Zoo is a place to come and observe or interact with animals from all over the world. The African and Arctic exhibits are complemented by a Maryland Wilderness section, which includes a Children’s Zoo. All animals are housed in enclosures that replicate their natural habitats.

Founded in 1876 as Baltimore Zoo, this is one of the oldest zoos in the country. It is set on 160 acres (65 hectares) in Druid Hill Park and started out as a donation of four swans on public display. The zoo opened its first elephant house in the 1920s and remains committed to the long-term survival of elephants in the wild.

Today you can come here to see more than 2,000 amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles from all over the globe. Follow the trails of African Journey, the zoo’s largest exhibit, and observe elephants, cheetahs, chimpanzees and many more animals from the African continent. For a small fee you can feed the giraffes.

Watch for the various presentations by zoo keepers throughout the day. You’ll learn about nature and observe animals being fed. See polar bears swim gracefully underwater at Polar Bear Watch, or grab a brush to groom a goat at the zoo’s farmyard in the Maryland Wilderness section.

There is also a Children’s Zoo, which offers activities, animal encounters and playgrounds. The popular, but quite expensive, VIP-Experience Breakfast with the Animals is only scheduled on certain days during the warmer months.

Maryland Zoo is open daily during warmer months. The limited opening hours and attractions in winter are made up for by a 50 percent discount on admission. Maryland Zoo might be small, however, it is less than 10-minutes’ drive from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and makes for a good morning out with the family when the weather is fine. Parking is free and there is a café.


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Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown - Inner Harbor

Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown - Inner Harbor

101 W Fayette St, Baltimore
3.6
of 5, from 3,632 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown - Inner Harbor is a 10-minute walk from the Inner Harbor and Baltimore Convention Center. Attractions within a 10-minute walk of the hotel include Walters Art Museum and the Maryland Historical Society. Camden Yards is 12 minutes away on foot.

Baltimore Plaza Inner Harbor

Baltimore Plaza Inner Harbor

110 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore
3.0
of 5, from 1,618 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Baltimore, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, National Aquarium in Baltimore, and USS Constellation. Walters Art Museum and Washington Monument are also within 15 minutes.

Wilson House Bed & Breakfast

Wilson House Bed & Breakfast

2100 Mt Royal Terrace, Baltimore
4.5
of 5, from 32 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Baltimore, this bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, and Washington Monument. National Aquarium in Baltimore and Walters Art Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Inn at the Colonnade Baltimore - a DoubleTree by Hilton

Inn at the Colonnade Baltimore - a DoubleTree by Hilton

4 W University Pkwy, Baltimore
4.1
of 5, from 833 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Baltimore, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Johns Hopkins University and Baltimore Museum of Art. Washington Monument and Walters Art Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Nostalgic In-law Suite Escape

Nostalgic In-law Suite Escape

3400 Elgin Ave, Baltimore
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Baltimore, this apartment building is close to Forest Park Golf Course, Baltimore Conservatory, and Maryland Zoo. Local attractions also include B&O Railroad Museum and Baltimore Museum of Art.

$90
Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown

Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown

24 West Franklin Street, Baltimore
4.6
of 5, from 418 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This Baltimore hotel is steps away from the Walters Art Museum and within walking distance of the Inner Harbor.

$99
Lord Baltimore Hotel

Lord Baltimore Hotel

20 W Baltimore St, Baltimore
4.1
of 5, from 2,637 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Baltimore, this Art Deco hotel is 3 blocks from the National Aquarium and Hippodrome Theatre, and across from the Metro Station.

$129
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

202 E Pratt St, Baltimore
4.3
of 5, from 1,643 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Adjacent to the Gallery mall, this Baltimore hotel is across from Harborplace, 3 blocks from the National Aquarium, and 1 mile from Oriole Park at Camden Yards.