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!


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.