80 MIN­UTES IN: Mary­land Zoo in Bal­ti­more

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THE THIRD OLD­EST zoo (page 20) in Amer­ica was founded in 1876 with 52 deer and a flock of do­nated sheep. To­day, the Druid Hill Park me­nagerie counts 1,500 an­i­mals (nearly 200 species). Start your visit at Pen­guin Coast, which opens at 10:30 a.m. and of­fers up-close views of North Amer­ica’s largest colony of African pen­guins from above and be­low a 175,000-gal­lon pool. Next door at Po­lar Bear Watch, hop on a sta­tion­ary Tun­dra Buggy, an authen­tic ve­hi­cle that pro­vides an im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence of th­ese Arc­tic mam­mals. Then, stroll through the Mary­land Wilder­ness, and get to know the state’s na­tive wildlife. Start at the Marsh Aviary for a quick peek at lo­cal birds, then spend a few min­utes with playful river ot­ters in the Stream Habi­tat. Fi­nally, make a bee­line to African Jour­ney, where vis­i­tors of­fer up aca­cia branches ($2) at the Gi­raffe Feed­ing Sta­tion from 11 a.m. un­til 2 p.m., weather per­mit­ting.

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