Zoos in Maryland with kids

It’s animal time in Maryland, and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Maryland because The Old Line State has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo

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    Thurmont

    From the small and furry, to the large and scaly, this Maryland zoo has 319 species from all over the world, to give kids a fun zoo adventure!

  • The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

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    Baltimore

    Over 1,500 mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians at this family friendly zoo in Baltimore! There are over 200 species for the kids to enjoy, and learn about on your family day out in Maryland!

  • Plumpton Park Zoo

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    Rising Sun

    Jimmie the Giraffe, Sis the Tiger, and Zoe the Zebra are all waiting for the family to go visit at this very intimate and sweet Maryland Zoo, with over 130 animals on display.

  • Salisbury Zoo

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    Salisbury

    A fascinating collection of beautiful animals in Maryland, all the way from North and South America, as well as Australia!

  • Green Meadows Petting Farm Ijamsville

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    Ijamsville

    A family friendly petting farm in Maryland with sweet barn animals for kids to play with, as well as hay rides, cow milking, and an interactive animal show. Lots of animal fun in your family day out!

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  • Be With Me Playseum

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    Bethesda

    A fun "city" for kids where they can play freely, connect with their parents and most importantly, have fun reading!

  • Marley Bounce Party

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    Glen Burnie

    Fun indoor play for those under 12s, with fun bouncy equipment and a special toddler area!

  • Rolly Pollies Maryland

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    Crofton

    Dynamic, fun-filled gym, arts, birthday parties, open play and special programs for kids 6 months through 9 years.

  • CoCos Funhouse

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    Salisbury

    Provide a varying range of high quality inflatable entertainment from slides and assault courses to bounce houses and themed zones.

  • Kiddie Crusoe

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    Timonium

    features include the Kiddie City Play Arena, Ultimate Play Set, Inflatable Arena, Imaginarium Activity Room, and Wii Gaming Lounges.

  • Big house of bounce

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    Baltimore

    Big House of Bounce is a healthy recreational option for today’s active families. We strive to provide a clean, safe, and stimulating environment for children.

  • Fort McHenry National Monument

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    Baltimore

    An important part of Maryland and USA history at Fort McHenry! Kids can see the place that inspired the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner - great family fun out in Baltimore for the day!

  • Catoctin Mountain Park

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    Thurmont

    With 25 miles of hiking trails winding through both Catoctin Mountain Park and Cunningham Falls State Park a variety of experiences are available. The roads of the Park offer scenic driving all year; ...

  • Monocacy National Battlefield

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    Frederick

    A fascinating and educational look into history at this national battlefield in Maryland. Known as the Civil War Battle that Saved DC, families can visit a landscape that has changed little since the ...

  • Antietam National Battlefield

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    Sharpsburg

    An eye opening and fascinating historical experience at Antietam National Battlefield - a site that played a key role in 1862 invasion of the Confederate Army into the North.

  • National Aquarium in Baltimore

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    Baltimore

    The Aquarium is home to approximately 16,500 specimens and more than 660 species of animals. The Aquarium features hundreds of exhibits featuring more than 16,500 animals.

  • Irvine Nature Center

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    Owings Mills

    Enjoy Irvine Nature Center's resident animals, 116 acres of woodlands, wetlands and meadows, and an interactive exhibit hall free of charge! There are great trails for easy family nature hikes, ...

  • Wheaton Regional Park and Nature Center

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    Wheaton

    Great outdoor fun with 536 acres of park land, with trails, playgrounds, train rides, history, and a brilliant nature center!

  • Cabin John Regional Park

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    Bethesda

    Leisure options include ice-skating rink; indoor and outdoor tennis courts; miniature train; hike trails; playgrounds and sports faciltiies including soccer, softball and handball pitches, plus ...

  • Fort Frederick State Park

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    Big Pool

    offers an extensive colonial era experience, with restored barracks and fort buildings; fishing, boating and hiking opportunities on the rivers plus a traditional adventure playground.

  • Constitution Park

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    Cumberland

    A great little Maryland park with playgrounds, a pool, museum and special events!

  • Bear Branch Nature Center

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    Westminster

    A nature center set among 320 acres of trails, orchards, mews and lakes, with educational exhibits and a planetarium.

  • Cascade Lake

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    Hampstead

    6 acres of lake, within 70 acres of wooded areas - this Maryland water attractions is a great, water fun experience in a natural setting.

  • Water Park at Bohrer Park

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    Gaithersburg

    Summer fun in Maryland with this water park filled with slides, splash pools, thrills and spills!

  • Jolly Rogers Spash Mountain

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    Ocean City

    Splash Mountain does it again. Challenge yourself with the Eye the Hurricane or challenge Family and Friends at the Six Lane Super Racer!

  • North Arundel Aquatic Center

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    Glen Burnie

    A swimmingly good time with water slides, whirlpool, waterfalls and main swimming pool.

  • Frontier Town

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    Berlin

    Cmon down folks... to our replica western town circa 1860 situated alongside of Frontier Town Campground and only 5 minutes from Ocean City, Maryland. One of the many fun family places to go if ...

  • Embers Mini Golf

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    Ocean City

    Travel to a world of pirates and volcanoes just off Coastal Highway while playing two of the most innovative and challenging miniature golf courses in Ocean City. Pirate ships, caves and “water ...

  • Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament

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    Hanover

    Set inside an 11th century-style castle, the legend of Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament comes to life at Arundel Mills. Guests will experience all of the feasting, tournament games and exciting ...

  • Bengies Drive in Movie Theatre

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    Baltimore

    Re-live history with a modern twist at this Baltimore drive-in theater - the BIGGEST movie screen in the USA!

  • Planet Maze

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    Ocean City

    Indoor climbing maze with ball-pit, Laser Storm, outdoor alien themed mini-golf and arcade.

  • Old Pro Minigolf

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    Ocean City

    Ocean City's Premier Miniature Golf Courses For Over 40 Years! Play Our 7 Elaborately Themed Courses at 4 Ocean City Locations. Indoor Golf Open Year Round on 68th St. Fun for the whole ...

  • Jurassic Park Mini Golf

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    Ocean City

    Prehistoric adventures with this Maryland mini golf adventure - great for the whole family!

  • Maryland International Raceway

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    Mechanicsville

    The whole family can experience the thrill of the number 1 motorsports facility in the region! With Dragsters, Jet Cars, and Top Fuel Harleys, it's all engines and speed at this International Raceway ...

  • Jolly Roger Amusement Park

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    Ocean City

    Jolly Roger Amusement Park has rides and games the whole family can enjoy. And as always, there is never a charge to just relax and stroll through Ocean City's only full-service Family Amusement ...