National Zoological Park
Visit Website | Category: Family / Kids
THE NATIONAL ZOO IN WASHINGTON D.C.Located less than a mile from The Normandy Hotel and nestled on 163 acres in Rock Creek National Park, the National Zoo is a destination for animal lovers of all ages. Come face to face with over 2,000 animals representing 400 species, including wild cats, sea lions, fascinating reptiles and birds, and the ever-popular giant pandas from China. The National Zoo is part of the Smithsonian Institution.
HOURS -April-October: Daily 10a.m.-6p.m.; November-March: Daily 10a.m. to 4:30p.m.
PRICES -Admission is free.
BEST EXHIBITS -Great Cats, Asia Trail, American Trail, Amazonia, and the Bird House
- Attend an animal training or zookeeper talk
- Take a ride on the Speedwell Conservation Carousel
- Step into the barn at the Kid's Farm
- Marvel at the orangutans on the O Line
- Arrive early to see the ever-popular giant pandas
Before You Go
THE GIANT PANDA EXHIBIT
Catch Mei Xiang (adult female) and Tian Tian (adult male) in action at the Giant Panda Exhibit. The two giant pandas are part of an intensive research and breeding program designed to preserve these endangered creatures. There are only an estimated 1,600 giant pandas in existence with the majority residing in the mountainous regions in central China.
NATIONAL ZOO CONSTRUCTION
The National Zoo is currently undergoing several initiatives to help expand and develop the exhibits. Call (202) 633-4888 for up-to-date closures.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ZOO’S MORE POPULAR EXHIBITS?
Must-see exhibits include Great Cats, features roaring Sumatran tigers, lions, and other cats. The American Trail is always popular, complete with playful California sea lions, beavers, and river otters. Be sure to take the kids to the tide pool where their toes can mingle with artificial barnacles, sea urchins, and sea stars.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT THE ZOO?
To really see zebras, gazelles, lions, and birds in action, arrive by morning. If you’re headed to indoor exhibits like the Reptile Discovery Center and Amazonia, the animals are sure to be out most of the day.
Why Stay at The Normandy Hotel?
- Located less than one mile from the National Zoo
- Breakfast available
- Afternoon coffee & tea
- 75 boutique rooms near Dupont Circle