Smithsonian National Zoological Park is a part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum and research complex. The words National Zoo represent a large, complex, and diverse organization with a multifaceted mission: demonstrating leadership in animal care, science, education, and...
This is my absolute favorite place to take the kids in the city. It’s easy to get to by car, plenty of paid parking (and if you get lucky free parking on Connecticut), and lots of great things to see. They have pandas, elephants, giraffes, apes, lions and way more.
An after-hours visit to the National Zoo during ZooLights, which illuminates the zoo with more than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LEDs, animated light installations, live music and more. Bid good cheer to various animals on display. ZooLights runs Nov. 29 – Jan. 1 (closed Dec. 24, 25 & 31).
Our national zoo - and it’s free! The Amazonia exhibit and the pandas are highlights.
If you love animals you are up for a trip. Private car there is parking or Uber.
Open daily and free to the public, the National Zoo sits on 163 acres in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s Rock Creek Parkand is home to more than 2,700 animals representing more than 390 species!
“Of course the entire Smithsonian Institution is a cultural landmark; but the Air Space Museum in particular is one of our favorites.”
“One of the most popular museums on the Mall, and for good reason! After a long hiatus, the new-and-improved dinosaur hall has reopened and is a must-visit.”
“Large park that follows a creek through the middle of the city to the National Mall. The park boasts trails, bike paths, public tennis courts, picnic areas, and The National Zoo.”
“The National Mall is basically Washington DC’s backyard – it’s a grassy lawn where visitors and locals hang out on sunny days. Full of world-class museums (we’ll get to this later) and fun festivals, the National Mall is the center of many activities in the city.”
“A quick 10-minute walk from the Georgetown waterfront, you’ll find D.C.’s own version of the Metropolitan Opera House. Bringing in top performers from around the world in theater, opera, ballet, as well as various musical concerts from orchestra to hip-hip for the entertainment of all ages.”