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Plumpton Park Zoo
1416 Telegraph Road
Rising Sun
Tel: 410 658 6850


Conveniently located at 1416 Telegraph Road in Rising Sun, Maryland. Only 10 minutes off I-95 and 5 minutes off Route 1.

Where are we going today?

Plumpton Park Zoo is different from most zoos - it's intimate, and sweet, and home to just over 130 animals. It gives kids a more exclusive and personal look at the animals that we have on this planet.

Jimmie the Giraffe, Sis the Tiger, and Zoe the Zebra are all ready and waiting to say hello to them all!  They are just 3 of the 44 diverse and unique species that call the zoo home, in their custom made natural habitats.

Do you know the difference between a mammal, amphibian and a reptile? If not, can you guess from the list of animals that feature at Plumpton Park Zoo?

Some of the mammals at the zoo include the arctic fox, llama, pot bellied pigs, deer, Bengal Tiger, American Bison, Pygmy Goats, and cougars. As for the reptiles? These include the alligator, tortoise, Burmese Python (don't be scared now)!, and even chameleons.

The Plumpton Park Zoo is home to only one type of amphibian - the Poison Dart Frog.

Now, can you work out what the difference is between all those creatures? No? Then you might have to head on over to the zoo to find out, because it's where you will learn all about these amazing animals, and their natural habitats!

If you are a bird lover, don't you worry because there are plenty of birds at the zoo, too. From the emu, ducks, haw, owls, ostrich, peacocks and even pheasant, these feathered creatures will all make your time at the zoo extra special!  

Don’t forget to say hi to Jimmie, Sis and Zoe for us - they might even let you take a photo with them! Great one for the photo album! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$11.95
  • Children$7.95 (Ages 2 - 12)
  • Free Under: 2 years.

When can we go?

9am - 5pm summer hours. 10am - 4pm other times.

Open all year round, but closed on Christmas and Thanksgiving days

Teachers corner

The Plumpton Park Zoo is happy to offer group rates for schools, scouts, and other groups that wish to visit the zoo. Groups must consist of at least 15 paying admissions to be eligble for a group rate, but what a very cool place to visit with the kids! .

I'm Hungry!

There are concession stands which offer a variety of prepackaged foods, as well as drinks. .

Any Top Tips?

Check out what events might be held that day, then you can plan your day around it so you don't miss out on anything! .

Doing our bit

The zoo make sure that the animals welfare is the most important priority, but you can help by supporting them and making a donation too! .

Need a little extra help?

Guide and assistance dogs are welcome, but you must inform the admissions office if you are bringing a guide dog onto zoo grounds. .

Can I get one of those?

Of course there is a shop where you can find some pretty cool items to take home, from caps to toys! .

More information

Parking is free!.

What people are saying?

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    I love the family atmosphere. The animals are in good condition and the staff seems to really care about them. It's a good day trip to take with your kids and family. It is really nice to be able to walk around by yourself even. It needs the community's support and help to keep it up, so whatever anyone can do for it they should.

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    Was just there last week and it seems to me they are trying to do the best job possible. Its so funny a lot of you people think you could do a better job? Well let me just say I know it costs a lot to maintain zoo. Food and labor is not cheap. The owner and staff are doing the best job they can. If you are really concerned make a donation.

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    We love the zoo. There are many different animals for the kids and adults to see. They are always doing upgrades for the animals. The size is perfect for the kids to walk. My kids love the picnic area and the slides built into the hill. It's great that the parking is free and close. We try to visit a couple times a year.

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    This zoo has a good variety of animals, the staff is friendly and it doesn't cost a fortune to take your whole family to enjoy. Unlike the big zoos I feel like you can get close to the animals here and actually see them, instead of looking at them from a distance and through a crowd like at the big (and expensive) zoos. I got married at this zoo last April and it went wonderfully. We had a great ceremony and got some amazing photos.

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    Spent $20 and were done in an hour...the animal variety was wide, peacocks to giraffes, but me and my 4 year old had seen everything in an hour! Wish I had spent the extra money and time to go to Philadelphia.

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