The zoo is located in the beautiful Druid Hill Park in northern Baltimore city and over 2,000 animals call it home including rhinos, zebras, leopards, cheetahs, gazelles, warthogs, lions, giraffes, and elephants. All these creatures live in the African savannah exhibit. America’s largest colony of African black-footed penguins lives on Rock Island. In the Chimpanzee Forest, visitors can see primates as well as exotic birds.

The Children’s Zoo offers lily pad hopping, oriole nest perching, giant tree sliding, and goat petting. There is also a carousel, train, climbing wall, and crawl-through jungle adventure for visitors to enjoy for a nominal fee.

The Polar Bear Exhibit features two bears and visitors can view them above and below water as they play. Also included in the artic exhibit are snowy owls and artic foxes.

Baltimore Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from March 1 to December 31 (except for Thanksgiving, December 25th, and one day in June for its fundraising gala). Admission for adults is $12, seniors aged 65 and over get in for $10, and kids aged 2-11 cost $8. Children under 2 are free. Parking is also free.

Strollers and wheelchairs are available for a nominal fee. And when the bears aren’t the only thing growling, visitors will find a variety of treats available including grilled chicken sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, salads, pizza, cotton candy, popcorn, and ice cream. Refreshment carts can be found throughout the park offering cold drinks and specialty snacks.