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Plumpton Park Zoo, Rising Sun

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The Plumpton Park Zoo is located in Rising Sun, Maryland, United States, along Maryland Route 273, which is part of the Mason and Dixon Scenic Byway. The Jeremiah Brown House and Mill Site, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is also on the site.

The zoo was started by Edward Plumstead in 1985 on his family estate, initially with deer and a few domestic animals. Now the zoo is home to over 180 exotic animals of 60 different species and a professionally trained staff of zookeepers and professionals. The zoo welcomes over 85,000 visitors a year.

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Plumpton Park Zoo reviews

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  • I do like the animals at this zoo. But, I am sorry to say that the management has changed our view of Plumpton Park. I called ahead or our visit to discuss something that involves my daughter's... 
    I do like the animals at this zoo. But, I am sorry to say that the management has changed our view of Plumpton Park. I called ahead or our visit to discuss something that involves my daughter's...  more »
  • Very nice place for families.I came with my cousin. She enjoys zoos. Animals are well cared for .Would come back . Every peaceful place to walk around. Few small hills but not a bad walk 
    Very nice place for families.I came with my cousin. She enjoys zoos. Animals are well cared for .Would come back . Every peaceful place to walk around. Few small hills but not a bad walk  more »
  • My wife and I attended the Brew at the zoo. We had an excellent time and the animals seemed very cared for and there were areas that were being updated or built upon which were good to see. Walking... 
    My wife and I attended the Brew at the zoo. We had an excellent time and the animals seemed very cared for and there were areas that were being updated or built upon which were good to see. Walking...  more »
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  • This Zoo was amazing. What stood out to me the most was the enclosures the animals are in. They have tons of grass, shade and are well kept. The most remarkable I've ever seen in a zoo. I'm usually left feeling sad looking at animals in enclosures at the Philadelphia Zoo and Elmwood Zoo, but this place has it done right. It is reasonably priced for both admission and the giraffe experience. The gemstone mining at the end was a favorite of my oldest. I brought my two kids and we spent about 4 hours there just really checking out the animals and reading all the info boards. Which, if you've ever been to the Philadelphia Zoo, you know that is an impossibility with how crowded it is. We will definitely be back and would love to support this zoo more seeing how well taken care of their rescues are!
  • Wonderful staff always helpful. Great open air zoo. Beautiful free range peacocks are fun to watch. Walk the zoo then sit down for a snack/lunch. Great day trip for any age kiddo.
  • We love this zoo! The highlight of this zoo is the ability to feed goats, sheep, alpaca and donkeys. They are a small zoo but they have a lot to see! We love checking out the bears, lions, zebras and even the koi fish!! Don’t forget to check out the giraffe when you are there. They offer a giraffe feeding option for $5.
  • I have mixed feelings about this place. I adore the concept of rescuing animals. I am not an animal expert, but when we visited, quite a few of the larger animals seemed to have zero energy or interest in anything. Perhaps they were all sleepy at the same time? I don't know. The cougar was pacing back in forth in a worn path in its cage. The brown bear was standing motionless staring at nothing. The smaller animals seemed much more lively. The petting zoo aspect of the park was great. My toddler loved the sheep, goats, and donkeys, as did myself and my husband. We really enjoyed getting to feed them and her interacting with them. The reptile house was closed, I guess there's some construction. Some areas were REALLY stinky, but I think that just comes with small zoo territory. The staff were all very nice and friendly while also busy and attentive to the animals. We will probably come back and visit on another day and see if perhaps that was just a sleepy animal day.
  • One of the best and easiest zoos to get to. Keep in mind the zoo is not gigantic,but has a large amount of animals. I would definitely recommend visiting this zoo if you have kids or even just a date with someone. It’s not expensive and most the time you can just show up and get tickets. The best part to me is it’s not overly crowded and you can take time to look at the animals. *** keep in mind you might have to buy tickets in advance to make sure you check before you go***

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