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The National Zoo

The National Zoo

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 11:50am
The National Zoo offers a great opportunity to spend the day walking outdoors. High on scenery and low on cost (free!), the Zoo is must see destination on any trip to the District. Over 2000 different animals are available for observation.
Distance: 
1.8mi
Difficulty: 
Easy
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Scenery: 
Excellent
Photo Op: 
Way too many to name. If you have a good zoom lens bring it, as it will come in handy for photographing the lions, tigers, and other animals that are kept at a distance.
Trail Map: 
Location: 
National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave NW
20008 Washington, DC
Metro Accessible: 
Yes
Distance to Metro Station: 
0.40mi
Additional Directions: 
There is parking at the Zoo, but it fills up early on nice weather weekends. You are best served taking the train.
What to Bring: 
Zoo map.
Food Options: 
There are plenty of food options in the Zoo. However, the food is expensive and let us just say, not gourmet. There is a 7-11 across the street from near the main entrance to get water and snacks. Woodley Park and Cleveland Park have many restaurants to eat before or after your visit.
Additional Information: 

The main walkway of the Zoo, the Olmsted Walk, is about 0.9mi from one end of the Zoo to the other. However, if you plan spending the day visiting the different animals expect to walk over 3mi.

The Zoo gets really crowded and hot in the summer. The best times to visit are the Spring and Fall.

You should be able to see everything within a day. If you are strapped for time, spend some time before your visit figuring out what exactly you want to see. The website is a good resource for information. Check it out before visiting.

A few things we highly recommend:
1. The Pandas - on loan from China, don't miss your opportunity to see Tien Tien and Mei Xiang.
2. The Great Apes - if you are lucky you will get to watch the organgutans travel along the o-line.
3. The American Trail - observe sea lions and seals on this new addition to the zoo.

If you have children, take them to the Kids' Farm on the far end of the Zoo to pet various farm animals.

Disclaimer: 
Environmental conditions in cities, parks, etc. can change rapidly and without our knowledge. We do not make any claims as to the accuracy of information presented on this page. Further, hiking can be a dangerous activity that may result in bodily harm and possibly death. We hope the information that we provide will help you prepare for your hike, but do not imply that the information provided is complete. It is your responsibility to prepare yourself for whatever challenges you may face. If you decide to use any of the information on this page, you do so at your own risk.
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Submitted by Linda Vickery (not verified) on

I'm in my 60s and was with 2 children 3 and under. It took us 4 hours to see the entire zoo. We walked thru the petting zoo but it was closed. If you start at 1 PM or earlier. You can see the entire zoo. It was a beautiful experience for all of us.

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