Tigers, lions, gorillas, and giraffes are just a few of the animals you will find at the National Zoo. Everywhere you look, there is something new to discover, like orangutans swinging from building to building on overhead cables or elephants rolling logs in their play yard. If you want to see the entire zoo, you will need comfortable shoes, snacks or a picnic, and three to four hours. The best time to visit is the morning when the animals are most active, people are fewer, and parking spaces are still available. Consider joining Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ), there are lots of benefits and it’s a good cause. Take the metro to Woodley Park/Zoo/Adams Morgan or Cleveland Park station. If you do become a member of FONZ and have your child’s birthday at the National Zoo, you’ll support conservation and education efforts. Parties are held Saturdays and Sunday from 10am to noon based on availability. You get to choose between 3 indoor party rooms, take a walking tour of selected Zoo exhibits led by FONZ staff, get a Zoo-themed goody bag and more. Parties are 2 hours long and are for kids ages 4 to 8.
Each of the Spring Safari programs explores the lives, habitats and conservation of animals around the world. Week-long sessions include exciting hands-on activities, lessons, craft projects, science experiments and walks through the Zoo. There’s no better way to spend your spring break than with Friends of the National Zoo! Please note: There is no direct contact with animals, and campers do not participate in animal care.
Talk with an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo’s lions and tigers twice daily between the animal yards to the right of the carousel in Great Cats Circle.
Overview of the Zoo. 2 hour walking tour subject to volunteer availability.