BNHA Maryland Zoo in Baltimore


Chesapeake Bay Gateway

Interpretive Framework

Shaping a Monumental City: The City’s Growth in the 20th Century

Resource Type

Points of Interest

Parks/Green Spaces

1876 Mansion House Drive

Baltimore, Maryland 21217

One of America’s great urban zoos, the Maryland Zoo at Baltimore holds the distinction of being the third oldest zoo in the United States and is one of the most progressive in its efforts to display more than 1,500 birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. Popular exhibits include the African Journey, award-winning Children's Zoo, and Polar Bear Watch.

Maryland Wilderness is a ten-acre, half-mile walkway taking visitors on a “walk across Maryland,” showcasing the environments that make up the Chesapeake watershed, including a bog, marsh, mountain stream, woodlands, meadow, cave, and a farm.  With its innovative mix of exhibition spaces and nature-related playground spaces, where children can jump, climb, and crawl like the animals on display, the Maryland Wilderness experience has become a model for other zoos and hailed as one of the best in the nation.