You'll have one heck of a good time at the National Zoo. Discover 1,800 animals from 300 various species, including lions, gazelles, cheetahs, tigers, zebras, horses, and giant pandas, most of which can be spotted outside in their natural habitats. Indoor exhibits run the gamut from the Small Mammal House and Reptile Discovery Center to Amazonia and the Bird House. And when you're a guest at Comfort Inn Arlington at Ballston, you'll be less than 15 minutes from this amazing zoo.
Admisson is free.
Open daily, except December 25. Grounds: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. (6 p.m. closing in winter); Exhibit Buildings: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (4:30 closing in winter).
Brew at the Zoo
Boo at the Zoo
Night of the Living Zoo
What activities are there for kids at the zoo?
If you’ve got a little one between the ages of 3 and 8, you’ll want to bring them to the Kids’ Farm. They’ll enjoy seeing some pretty rare animals, such as goats from San Clemente Island and hogs from Ossabaw Island. Hands-on experiences include grooming the animals in the Caring Corral with the help of keepers.
Can I take the metro to the zoo?
Yes, and it's the smartest way to travel. Not only is it environmentally better but parking at the National Zoo is extremely limited and usually fills up by 9:30 a.m. The Woodley Park and Cleveland Park Metro stops are both within walking distance. The former stop is uphill while the latter stop is flat.