All behind-the-scenes tours have been suspended until further notice. Please check back for available dates and visit our news page for updates concerning the Zoo’s response to Covid-19.

See the Zoo like you’ve never seen it before!

Have you ever wanted to venture inside the world of African penguins at Penguin Coast? Ever wanted to know what a polar bear kitchen looks like? (Who knew polar bears could even cook?!) Our dedicated keeper staff will help you discover these secrets and more as part of a special tour behind-the-scenes at The Maryland Zoo!

NEW– Pre-scheduled Behind-the-scenes dates. Private tours require one-month advance booking, but now select tours are available monthly on set dates, perfect for smaller groups or those with flexible schedules. Because these tours are not private, you may share your experience with others. Tours also include Zoo admission for the day – view Zoo hours.

Click the Pre-Scheduled Tour Date to purchase:


Click on any of the experiences below for pricing information and to learn more:


For questions regarding Behind-the-Scenes Tours contact groupsales@marylandzoo.org or 443-552-5277.

  • Touching of animals is not permitted.
  • Closed-toed shoes are mandatory.
  • Strollers cannot be accommodated.
  • A ratio of one adult per two children is required.
  • Tour requests must be made at least one month in advance.
  • Payment is due in full upon confirmation of availability.

Once purchased, tours cannot be returned or refunded. If a visit needs to be rescheduled, payment may be applied towards another date. If the tour is canceled within two weeks of scheduled date and a rain date is not chosen, no refund will be issued. In the event that the Zoo cancels a program, an alternative date or a full refund will be offered.