Zoo Hours

The Zoo is open year-round rain or shine! We close only for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. Please visit the homepage for any weather-related closing.

Regular Season Hours (March – December)

Daily: 10 AM – 4 PM

Winter Season Hours (January – February)

Friday – Monday: 10 AM – 4PM

What animals will you see on a visit to the Zoo when it’s cold outside? More than you would think!

UPDATE: The Maryland Zoo has switched to a timed ticketing program.
  • All visitors and Members of the Zoo must hold a timed ticket purchased online for entry.
  • Your ticket purchase is good for the chosen date and entry time period ONLY.
  • Please choose the date and entry time period that you wish to enter the Zoo. Times indicate entry only. Guests may remain in the Zoo as long as desired or until 4 pm closure.
  • View ticket availability on the purchase page. Entry will be permitted up to 1 hour after the ticketed time.
  • Guests may tour up to 2 hours after the last entry at 2:00 pm.
  • All visitors should read the new Zoo guidelines before arrival.


Gift Zoo Tickets






Free, unlimited visits for 12 months from the date of purchase — pays for itself within two visits.


(Ages 2+)



General admission for one guest, all ages
(Valid Dec. 1, 2021 – Feb. 28, 2022)


(Ages 12-64)


General admission for one adult


(Ages 65+)


General admission for one senior


(Ages 2-11)


General admission for one child

Additional ticket information:

  • Parking is FREE
  • Winter tickets are valid for all guests ages 2+ for full Zoo admission December 1 – February 28 only. After March 1, guests must pay the price difference for year-round use.

Gift Zoo Tickets



Wait! Before you buy…
Basic memberships pay for themselves in less than two visits.

If you plan to visit more than once youshould consider purchasing a membership! You’ll get 12 months of unlimited entry PLUS a gaggle of great deals and discounts.

Explore the benefits of membership

Admission Ticket Guidelines:

  • Tickets are good for the designated date and entry time only. Entry is permitted up to 1-hour after ticketed time. The last entry time is at 2:00 pm and the Zoo closes at 4:00 pm daily.
  • Tickets must be purchased online, in advance (dates are available four weeks in advance).
  • ZooMORE tickets are for unlimited rides. Rides are weather permitting.
  • Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and may sell out.
  • Tickets cannot be combined with any other discount or offer.
  • Tickets may be rescheduled up to 48 hours in advance and are subject to a rescheduling fee (fee waived for members!). Please email tickets@marylandzoo.org with your order number to reschedule.
  • Tickets cannot be refunded for any reason, including weather.
  • For those 2 years old and up, masks are required indoors for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status. Indoor locations include Wild Things Gift Shop, Chimp Forest, Giraffe House, Penguin Education Center, and the Tundra Buggy; the Cave, the Tree and box turtle tunnel habitats in The Maryland Wilderness, as well as all restrooms. Guests who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are no longer required to wear a mask outdoors while visiting the Zoo. We do expect unvaccinated guests to wear masks when social distancing is not possible such as in line at concessions, Giraffe Feeding Station, on the train and carousel, and during special events or experiences. Please review this page before your visit.