While governmental maneuverings may be the mechanism driving Washington D.C. forward, the less-political visitor will find here expansive parks, a plethora of cultural sights and as assortment of landmark structures.
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my… cheetahs and elephants and seals, apes and wolves and flamingoes, what a day! Step into another world at the National Zoo, run by the Smithsonian Institution. The National Zoo provides leadership in animal care, science, education, and sustainability and has a vast number of animals in its care and protection. Visiting the National Zoo is truly a full day experience and is especially fun for kids on a visit to Washington. Think about it: see roly-poly panda bear or wait in line to hike inanimate stone monument?!
The Zoo consists of 163 acres of zoological park set amid Rock Creek Park in the heart of Washington. There are more than 2,400 individual animals of 400 different species to be found there. The Zoo is one of Washington's and the Smithsonian's most popular tourist destinations with around three million visitors every year. This means a lot of crowds so come early, late, off-season, or during the week to avoid some of the potential crowds and get the best views of the animals.
Hours + Fees
6 am - 8 pm daily except December 25
Metro Stop: Take the Red Line to the Woodley Park/Adams Morgan stop or the Cleveland Park stop. The Zoo entrance lies halfway between these stops and both are a short walk from the Zoo
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