Druid Hill Park
northwest-baltimore

Druid Hill Park is a bucolic setting for exploring the outdoors without leaving the city. Picnic in the park, visit the Maryland Zoo or tour the Rawlings Conservatory.

Druid Hill Park

A Walk in the Park

Druid Hill Park, a 745-acre urban oasis located in the heart of Baltimore, first opened in 1860. Today it’s home to a number of attractions including a public pool preparing for a multi-million-dollar upgrade, two disc golf courses, tennis courts, the Maryland Zoo and the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens. Friends of Druid Hill Park frequently schedules events to encourage use and enjoyment of the park such as a farmers market, guided walking and biking tours, night hikes, live entertainment and outdoor fitness classes.

A Wild Adventure

Dating back to 1876, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is the third oldest zoo in the United States. The Zoo’s focus is on wildlife conservation and education, and it is an active participant in breeding programs for several endangered or threatened animals, including elephants, chimpanzees, polar bears, and African penguins. Penguin Coast, the Zoo’s state-of-the-art, award-winning African penguin exhibit, houses over 70 African penguins and allows visitors to see them closer than ever. The Zoo also hosts a number of events throughout the year, including breakfast with the animals, overnights at the Zoo, paint nights, beer festivals and educational workshops.

Greenhouse Effect

Since 1888, the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens has been housed in the stunning glass Victorian-style structure. It features year-round displays of plants from around the world in five distinct exhibit areas: the original 1888 Palm House, Orchid Room, Mediterranean House, Tropical House and Desert House. Visit on Sunday to learn about the plants from an expert in a special program called Plants & People.

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