If you happen to Google “Best Zoos in US,” you won’t be surprised to find the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore at the top of your search results. The Baltimore Zoo was designed by famed landscaper Frederick Law Olmsted who is also known for his award-winning design of Central Park.

This beautifully lush Maryland Zoo is home to over 2,000 animals including giraffes, polar bears, leopards, chimpanzees and more. Families can book fun Baltimore Zoo events like an encounter with endangered African penguins, goat grooming in the Zoo’s Farmyard and Behind-the-Scenes tours of the Rhino Barn, Giraffe House or the Zoo Hospital where the animals receive medical care.

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is open daily and closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. Be sure to check the website before visiting in case the zoo is closed due to weather. Children ages 2 and under are welcome to visit for free. There’s also free parking if you decide to drive to the zoo. Located just 16 miles from CAMBRiA® Hotel, Arundel Mills | BWI Airport, a visit to the Maryland Zoo is a great family-friendly activity when you want to make the most of your visit to Charm City.