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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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Lord Baltimore Hotel

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4.1
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3.5 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.

$120
Wilson House Bed & Breakfast

Wilson House Bed & Breakfast

2100 Mt Royal Terrace, Baltimore
4.0
of 5, from 6 reviews
0.0 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).

$161
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Inn at the Colonnade Baltimore - a DoubleTree by Hilton

4 W University Pkwy, Baltimore
4.0
of 5, from 227 reviews
3.5 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).

Hotel Revival, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

Hotel Revival, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

612 Cathedral St, Baltimore
3.9
of 5, from 237 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Straddling Baltimore's arts and business districts, this 13-story, 1920s apartments-turned-boutique hotel overlooks Mount Vernon Square and is 10 blocks from the Inner Harbor.

Global Luxury Suites at Light Street

Global Luxury Suites at Light Street

10 Light Street, Baltimore
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Baltimore, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Baltimore Convention Center and USS Constellation. National Aquarium in Baltimore and Walters Art Museum are also within 15 minutes.

$114
Hotel Brexton

Hotel Brexton

868 Park Ave, Baltimore
4.3
of 5, from 126 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Baltimore, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Washington Monument, and Walters Art Museum. National Aquarium in Baltimore and USS Constellation are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$135
Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys

Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys

5100 Falls Road, Baltimore
4.0
of 5, from 396 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This 4-story brick hotel is located in a wooded residential community 6 miles north of downtown Baltimore and within 7 miles of Harborplace shopping and the Baltimore Convention Center.

$76
Baltimore Plaza Inner Harbor

Baltimore Plaza Inner Harbor

110 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore
2.8
of 5, from 442 reviews
2.0 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.