A Family Trip to the Smithsonian National Zoo in D.C.

L.A. Strucke

A great place to take the family

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Next time you are in the D.C. area, be sure to stop at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Last week we spent a wonderful family day there, creating beautiful memories.

We were a party of 10, including 5 children. We booked our free tickets online with a $30 fee for parking. Once we arrived, everyone wanted to see the pandas. You had to get separate panda tickets for that. Be sure to secure the panda tickets as soon as you get there.

Since it was raining on and off that day, the pandas weren't outside, but we had a great view of them inside. The two pandas in the photo below snuggled up together for a nap, to the visitor's delight. The panda exhibit was our favorite of the day.

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The Smithsonian National Zoo was founded in 1899 The zoo is spacious and clean with over 2700 animals and over 390 species. Here's a list of all the animals in the zoo. They have a zoo map available to help navigate.

We spent a fun day there, seeing some great animals. Our only disappointment was that since it was raining, a lot of the animals were hiding from the rain. Yet we still saw tigers, elephants, reptiles, lizards, owls, and gorillas. There were more than enough animals to keep everyone entertained. And the ice cream break was a huge hit with the children.

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We were there for about 3 hours until closing. The children didn't want to leave. Before we left, we stopped by a waterfall to rest for a moment. And before we headed back to the parking lot, we discovered these peaceful horses.

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The zoo is open 8 am - 4 pm daily, but they stop letting new people in by 3 pm. Masks are required for people 2 years and over outside for those who have not been vaccinated. They are also required in all inside areas. Vaccinated people don't have to wear a mask outside. The general info number is 202-633-4888.

There is ample parking at the zoo. We parked in lot D at the Connecticut Ave entrance.

This was one of my favorite zoos ever to visit. I would definitely go there again. Next time I'll pick a sunny day, so I can see even more animals.

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