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

Polar Bear Watch is home to polar bears, grizzly bears and different species of arctic mammals and birds. Tour participants will walk through the bear building and see the kitchen and food preparation area, the video surveillance stations, and the bear dens. Keepers will explain how the bears are cared for and managed, and the status of grizzly and polar bears in the wild. The Maryland Zoo’s involvement with international conservation programs, such as Polar Bears International will be explained. The bears may be inside the dens depending on the time of year and breeding status, which would preclude scheduling a tour.

Price: $500 (for up to 4 people)

  • All day Zoo admission included
  • Additional guests can be added for $75/person

Max. Group Size: 6 people

Days Available: Sat, Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri (Must be reserved at least a month in advance)

Scheduled Time: 9:00am (Time chosen by area manager)

Tour Length: 30 minutes

Minimum Age: 8 years old (Groups including children under 12 years of age must have a ratio of one adult per two children)

Schedule Experience

Have less than 4 people or a flexible schedule?

New pre-scheduled Behind-the-scenes dates are perfect for small groups and those in a time crunch. Pre-scheduled tours are priced per person and have all the perks of a regular Behind-the-scenes tour but because these tours are not private, you may share your experience with others.

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Behind-the-scenes tours make great gifts! Contact the Group Sales Office for more information or to purchase a tour as a gift. Phone: 443-552-5277 Email:

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