A trip to the zoo is amazing and anyone who lives in or has visited the DC-Baltimore area knows that we are incredibly blessed to have two major zoos to choose from.
It’s the National Zoo vs. Maryland Zoo. Which zoo is best for kids? Which zoo has the animals and amenities you are looking for? Let's find out!
The National Zoo in DC has free admission as it is part of the Smithsonian Institute. The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore typically costs $24 for adults and $20 for children.
Parking at the National Zoo is a big pain. Conversely, parking at the Maryland Zoo is a breeze. All of the zoo parking lots are a very short walk from the zoo entrance.
The National Zoo is larger than the Maryland Zoo. It is also situated on a big hill. The Maryland Zoo is much more walkable, both for little legs and for strollers.
Another consideration– The National Zoo is considered a major tourist attraction in a major tourist town. When school is out this zoo will be packed.