Celebrating National Zoo and Aquarium Month in Baltimore

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Celebrating National Zoo and Aquarium Month in Baltimore

June 15, 2021

Do you have childhood memories of going to the zoo or aquarium, spending the day gazing up at the mysterious animals, and finishing off the experience with a trip to the gift shop or ice cream stand? Bring back that sense of childhood wonder and amusement by paying a visit to the Maryland Zoo or National Aquarium!

Best of all, June is National Zoo and Aquarium Month, so it’s the perfect time to plan a visit! This American tradition began in 1983, when President Ronald Reagan designated June as the month to celebrate the nation’s numerous and fascinating zoos and aquariums. This month is not just dedicated to the experience of visiting the zoo or aquarium, but the practice of preservation and conservation that protects the nation’s rare animals. 

The National Aquarium

The National Aquarium is at your doorstep, so take some time to see what makes this aquarium so special. 

Consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top three aquariums, the National Aquarium is not to be missed. It opened in 1981 and is located along Batltimore’s scenic Inner Harbor. The aquarium is home to 20,000 fishes, birds, amphibians, reptiles and marine mammals and works to enact local, regional, and global conservation initiatives. 

Take advantage of the special events that the aquarium is currently offering: half-price Friday night admission, extended hours for members of the aquarium, and the First Saturday & Sunday program which offers early access for visitors with disabilities. On July 17th, check out the aquarium’s annual Masonville Cove BioBlitz, where you’ll collaborate with local experts and volunteers to find, identify, and record plant and animal species that inhabit Masonville Cove. Plan your visit, today!

The Maryland Zoo 

Want to get up close and personal with land wildlife instead? Visit the Maryland Zoo in just a 14-minute drive from your home at 1305 Dock Street!

Formerly known as the Baltimore Zoo, the Maryland Zoo has been entertaining, preserving, and conserving since its founding in 1876 — it’s the third oldest zoo in the country! The Maryland Zoo is divided into four main areas for you to explore: Penguin Coast, Polar Bear Watch, Maryland Wilderness, and African Journey. In these areas, you’ll see the habitats of the zoo’s massive animal collection of birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. 

Besides the simple pleasure of strolling through the zoo and observing the animals, you can engage with the Maryland Zoo by attending one of its upcoming special events. Purchase tickets for a 60-minute Yoga at the Zoo class, or for the Sip & Stroll series, where you’ll learn about how the zoo provides excellent nutrition to meet their animals’ dietary needs. Also, make sure to stop by the daily penguin feeding at Penguin Coast!

Plan your visit for an unforgettable day at the Baltimore Zoo by purchasing tickets in advance!

Enjoy Your Trip!

We hope you enjoy your visit to the Zoo and Aquarium this month. If you do visit, be sure to tag us in your photos, @1305DockStreet


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