Visitor Information

Guest Amenities


Strollers and non-motorized wheelchair rentals are available at the Wild Things Gift shop upon entering the Zoo. See prices below.

  • Single child stroller- $6
  • Double child stroller- $9
  • Wheelchair- $9


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.
Plus, enjoy the Natural Selections Menu for a lighter and healthier selection, or Railway Express for BBQ at the Zoo.

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

Wild Things Gift Shop
Plush animals, toys, apparel, gifts, books and more – all with a wildlife conservation theme. You may inquire at the gift shop for stroller and wheelchair rentals.

Attractions and Rides 

RideCarousel ($)

Experience the fun of a real old-fashioned carousel ride! Children of all ages will enjoy this famous classic. Carousel rides are $3 per rider. The Carousel operates weather permitting daily during the regular season. The carousel is handicap accessible.


GiraffefeedingFeed a Giraffe ($)

Please note, exciting changes are coming to the giraffe, lion and elephant habitats. The giraffe feeding station is currently closed while these renovations take place. Giraffes can be viewed indoors. Click to learn more.


penguinencountersquarePenguin Encounters ($)

Experience the Zoo’s new Penguin Coast exhibit and see the penguins, closer than ever! For $50 per person ($45 for Zoo Members) you will take a 20-30 minute private tour with a keeper, complete with special photo opportunities and up-close penguin interaction. Click to learn more.


face paintingFace Painting ($)

Don’t just see wildlife, be wildlife with amazingly lifelike face painting at the Zoo! Face painting, provided by Not Just Faces, is $7 for half face and $10 for full face. You can find this attraction at the train plaza or giraffe feeding station on weekends only in April, May, September and October, weather permitting and daily memorial day through labor day.


TrainRideJones Falls Zephyr Train Ride ($)

The Zephyr’s 10-minute ride will leave the train station near the Zoo’s Farmyard and move on the one-mile track behind the African Journey returning to the station through a beautiful section of the Jones Falls Watershed. Members are $3 per rider, non-members are $4 per rider.  This ride is open daily from 10am-4pm year round, weather permitting. The locomotive is a detailed scale replica of the original CP Huntington Train built in 1863 and was manufactured by Chance Rides Manufacturing, Inc., Wichita, KS. Please note: In order to receive member pricing you need to present your membership card. The train is wheelchair accessible but cannot accommodate strollers or motorized scooters. Please note the train does not operate in inclement weather.

Shuttle Services

Climb aboard our FREE Zoo shuttles and be transported to the center of the Zoo to begin your journey. The Zoo shuttles are handicap accessible and accommodate both wheelchairs and strollers. 


Restrooms are handicapped accessible, equipped with changing stations and available in several locations throughout the Zoo.


For your convenience, we have an ATM machines located in the Zoo’s gift shop and adjacent to Village Green near the main concession area.

Picnic Tables/Eating Areas

Relax at one of the several eating areas located throughout the Zoo or find a quiet spot to picnic with your family. Guests are welcome to bring food and drinks into the park when visiting.  However, please avoid bringing alcohol or glass containers.

First Aid

First Aid is provided by Zoo Security. If you require assistance, please ask a Zoo employee to notify Security.


The Maryland Zoo does not permit smoking or use of any tobacco products on Zoo grounds. If visitors want to smoke, they have the option to leave the Zoo grounds to do so, with re-entry permitted.

For more information on the Zoo’s smoke-free policy click here.