Visitor Information


Please Note: The Whistle Stop Grille is the only food area available during the winter months and wait times may be slightly longer due to limited staff. Guests are always welcome to bring their own meals and use Zoo picnic areas.

Food and refreshment services are provided by Service Systems Associates (SSA) throughout the Zoo. Vending machines are also provided in several locations throughout the Zoo. A portion of all sales directly benefits The Maryland Zoo’s conservation and education programs.

The Whistle Stop Grille – Click here for menu 
Choose from a wild array of traditional fare including hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza and more.
Natural Selections – Click here for menu
A lighter and healthier selection of choices including salads, fruits and vegetables.

Railway Express – Click here for menu
It’s BBQ at the Zoo including hearty BBQ sandwiches, fresh-squeezed lemonade and tater tots. (Open seasonally)

Refreshment Stations 
Refreshment carts featuring ice cold drinks, ice cream treats, and specialty snacks. (Open seasonally)

Menu Options Include:

Hand Tossed Pizza, available by the slice or a whole pie

  • Pepperoni and Cheese
  • Garlic Bread Sticks with Assorted Dipping Sauces

Natural Selections, a healthy option for our guests featuring both sandwiches and made to order salads

  • BLT  Salad
  • Bruschetta Salad
  • BBQ Caesar Salad
  • Add Chicken or Crab
  • Italian Cold Cut on Pretzel Roll
  • Crab Cake Sandwich
  • Kid’s Meal – Turkey Sandwich with a choice of Apples, Chips or Cookies.  Drink choice of Milk, Soda or Water


  • Hamburgers
  • Cheese Burgers
  • Hot Dogs
  • Fresh Hand Breaded Chicken Tenders
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwiches
  • French Fries
  • Kettle Chips
  • Cheese Fries
  • Kid’s Meal – Hot Dog with a choice of Apples, Chips or Cookies.  Drink choice of Milk, Soda or Water

All entrée items served as a basket with Kettle Chips.


  • Cookies
  • Rice Krispy Treats

Healthy Snacks

  • Cheese Cube Cup
  • Fresh Fruit Cup


  • Small, Med and Souvenir Cup (fountain beverages)
  • Coffee and Hot Chocolate
  • Bottled beer (must be 21 or over w/ valid ID)
  • Marga-cheetahs (must be 21 or over w/ valid ID)

Please note this menu is a sampling of complete items available and its subject to change.