Catoctin Wildlife Preserve Zoo

★★★★☆
  • 13019 Catoctin Furnace Rd

    Thurmont, MD 21788

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  • 301-271-3180

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Hours
Daily 10am-5pm
4.0 9
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What a surprise. This small zoo has bears, alligators, a lion, bears, monkeys, a kangaroo and much more. It's not a huge zoo so no Elephant capacity or lowland gorillas but some exhibits are very well done. The snake part was great, many deadly snakes in one room. Best thing for me was that you could get really close to the animals such as the tigers and lion. At some zoos they are tougher to see. Take the family and take a look at some rare animals.

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★★★★★

What a surprise. This small zoo has bears, alligators, a lion, bears, monkeys, a kangaroo and much more. It's not a huge zoo so no Elephant capacity or lowland gorillas but some exhibits are very well done. The snake part was great, many deadly snakes in one room. Best thing for me was that you could get really close to the animals such as the tigers and lion. At some zoos they are tougher to see. Take the family and take a look at some rare animals.

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This is a small zoo located right off of Route 15, so it is convenient to those travelling up from the D.C. area and those travelling down from the Gettysburg area. The admission price is a bit high, but they have some exotic animals that you might not expect in such a small zoo (like a jaguar, lions, white tigers, AND a camel--and you can ride the camel). But they do not have an elephant, which was surprising and a little disappointing. But all things considered, it's a good day out for little kids (toddler and very young school-age). For school-age kids I would travel a bit further and go to the much larger National Zoo down in D.C.

PROS: Convenient, small, not too crowded, some cool animals
CONS: No elephants!, a bit pricey

4
★★★★☆

This is a small zoo located right off of Route 15, so it is convenient to those travelling up from the D.C. area and those travelling down from the Gettysburg area. The admission price is a bit high, but they have some exotic animals that you might not expect in such a small zoo (like a jaguar, lions, white tigers, AND a camel--and you can ride the camel). But they do not have an elephant, which was surprising and a little disappointing. But all things considered, it's a good day out for little kids (toddler and very young school-age). For school-age kids I would travel a bit further and go to the much larger National Zoo down in D.C.

PROS: Convenient, small, not too crowded, some cool animals
CONS: No elephants!, a bit pricey

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My kids and I love going to the Catoctin Wildlife Zoo. We got a season pass and have gone multiple times and each time, we had fun. They have plenty of animals including baby ones which are adorable! The park is peaceful and hardly crowded so it's very relaxing. They recently put in playgrounds for the kids so that is another plus! You are allowed to bring packed lunch which helps save on having to buy concession stand food. We did get from the concession stand before and the prices are reasonable! We love it there and highly recommend it.

5
★★★★★

My kids and I love going to the Catoctin Wildlife Zoo. We got a season pass and have gone multiple times and each time, we had fun. They have plenty of animals including baby ones which are adorable! The park is peaceful and hardly crowded so it's very relaxing. They recently put in playgrounds for the kids so that is another plus! You are allowed to bring packed lunch which helps save on having to buy concession stand food. We did get from the concession stand before and the prices are reasonable! We love it there and highly recommend it.

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They have great animals here and it is actually a very nice zoo. Right now they have baby animals. The grizzly bear there is very big and very smart. It knows how to go in it's "cave" and shut the door. The only bad problem I had while there was the overpopulation of geese. They are not very nice! Also, They are a bit pricey, but the zoo is a lot of fun and has two playgrounds for kids to play and to have lunch.

PROS: Lots of animals
CONS: pricey

4
★★★★☆

They have great animals here and it is actually a very nice zoo. Right now they have baby animals. The grizzly bear there is very big and very smart. It knows how to go in it's "cave" and shut the door. The only bad problem I had while there was the overpopulation of geese. They are not very nice! Also, They are a bit pricey, but the zoo is a lot of fun and has two playgrounds for kids to play and to have lunch.

PROS: Lots of animals
CONS: pricey

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The catoctin wildlife preserve and zoo is a great place for childrens to go learn about animals. Not to mention their own area where the kids can feed the animals. they also offer interactive programs where they can learn about the animals and they were past around to pet or hold. Another plus is right across the street there is a tire park for children to play in also.

4
★★★★☆

The catoctin wildlife preserve and zoo is a great place for childrens to go learn about animals. Not to mention their own area where the kids can feed the animals. they also offer interactive programs where they can learn about the animals and they were past around to pet or hold. Another plus is right across the street there is a tire park for children to play in also.

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This preserve and Zoo is open daily from 9 to 6. One can see a lot of animals like Bears, Lions, lemurs, macaws, monkeys, panthers, prairie dogs, giant reptiles, Rare White Tigers, an Amazon Parrot Aviary, venomous snakes and lots more. A lot of shows and activities are conducted daily. You can even camp in at the zoo!! They even conduct Jungle nights where a group of people are taken into the zoo at night to see Nocturnal animals. The entrance fee is $7 for kids and $10 for adults.

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★★★★☆

This preserve and Zoo is open daily from 9 to 6. One can see a lot of animals like Bears, Lions, lemurs, macaws, monkeys, panthers, prairie dogs, giant reptiles, Rare White Tigers, an Amazon Parrot Aviary, venomous snakes and lots more. A lot of shows and activities are conducted daily. You can even camp in at the zoo!! They even conduct Jungle nights where a group of people are taken into the zoo at night to see Nocturnal animals. The entrance fee is $7 for kids and $10 for adults.

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Unfortunately, this zoo is quite small and fairly expensive. They have some interesting animals but really need a bigger place. It was almost disappointing the first time we went there. We just expected so much more for the price we paid. The kids loved it of course especially the petting zoo. Good stop if you are already in the area but I wouldn't make a special trip.

3
★★★☆☆

Unfortunately, this zoo is quite small and fairly expensive. They have some interesting animals but really need a bigger place. It was almost disappointing the first time we went there. We just expected so much more for the price we paid. The kids loved it of course especially the petting zoo. Good stop if you are already in the area but I wouldn't make a special trip.

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A one-day pass to the Catoctin Zoo is a bit pricey: Adults (13 and up)--$12.95; Seniors (60 and up) / Military--$11.95; Children (2-12)--$8.95; but season passes are a deal at $32, $27, & $20 respectively. If you purchase a day pass and decide that you want to buy a season pass, do it before you leave and the fee you paid for you day pass will be applied to the season pass. The Catoctin Zoo is a relaxing place to spend the day. You're permitted to bring in picnic lunches, and you can buy cups of food to feed (most of) the animals. There are two, shaded play areas for children. In the heat of the summer, the zoo can smell pretty bad, and there are so many (aggressive) ducks and geese that you have to be careful where you sit. There are lions, tigers, bears, jaguars, snakes, tortoises, crocodiles, monkeys, parrots, kangaroos, camels, and more. What you won't find are giraffes, elephants, or other more "exotic" animals. It's a small, regional zoo that doesn't claim to be anything more.

PROS: Season passes are reasonable; lots of animals; nice gift shop.
CONS: Too many aggressive ducks and geese; expensive day passes.

3
★★★☆☆

A one-day pass to the Catoctin Zoo is a bit pricey: Adults (13 and up)--$12.95; Seniors (60 and up) / Military--$11.95; Children (2-12)--$8.95; but season passes are a deal at $32, $27, & $20 respectively. If you purchase a day pass and decide that you want to buy a season pass, do it before you leave and the fee you paid for you day pass will be applied to the season pass. The Catoctin Zoo is a relaxing place to spend the day. You're permitted to bring in picnic lunches, and you can buy cups of food to feed (most of) the animals. There are two, shaded play areas for children. In the heat of the summer, the zoo can smell pretty bad, and there are so many (aggressive) ducks and geese that you have to be careful where you sit. There are lions, tigers, bears, jaguars, snakes, tortoises, crocodiles, monkeys, parrots, kangaroos, camels, and more. What you won't find are giraffes, elephants, or other more "exotic" animals. It's a small, regional zoo that doesn't claim to be anything more.

PROS: Season passes are reasonable; lots of animals; nice gift shop.
CONS: Too many aggressive ducks and geese; expensive day passes.

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I joined the zoo this year as a season pass holder. For a small one time fee you get free admission, discounts on gift shop items, discounted guest passes and special events. The zoo has a petting area, live interactive shows and of course wild animals. The white tigers are fun, and I understand that they have a new joey -- but I haven't gotton a chance to meet him yet :)

If you like animals -- this is a great place to go just up the road from Walkersville.

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★★★★☆

I joined the zoo this year as a season pass holder. For a small one time fee you get free admission, discounts on gift shop items, discounted guest passes and special events. The zoo has a petting area, live interactive shows and of course wild animals. The white tigers are fun, and I understand that they have a new joey -- but I haven't gotton a chance to meet him yet :)

If you like animals -- this is a great place to go just up the road from Walkersville.

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