Summer Fun—Day 50: Take the kids to the National Zoo

Wolves, tigers, orangutans, and many more wild animals await your family at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

Orangutan Redd WVisit the orangutan exhibit to catch a glimpse of Redd, the zoo's orangutan infant riding on his mother's back or exploring his surroundings.

Head to the Kids' Farm, home to alpacas, cows, goats, donkeys, and pigs. Children can even pet some of the animals. Other highlights include a large Asian elephant exhibit, the great ape, reptile and bird houses.

If the kids get hot, they can dip their feet in the American Trail Tide Pool. The shallow wave pool is open for wading and features model sea stars, barnacles, and mussels.

The grounds of the zoo are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the exhibit buildings are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission to the zoo is free, though if you choose to drive, parking costs a flat rate of $25. The zoo is also accessible via the metro.

For more information, visit the National Zoo website.

For more summer fun ideas, check out our 100 Days of Summer page for daily family activities and our daily calendar of events.

Photo courtesy of the National Zoo.