80 MINUTES IN: Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
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.