MD Summer Fun Day #43: Visit the Smithsonian National Zoo

National Zoo in Washington D.C.

LionsHead to the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington D.C. today and spend the day learning about all sorts of animals.

About 2,000 animals from 400 different species can be seen in indoor and outdoor exhibits throughout the National Zoo.

The zoo is free and there is much to see and do. Walk the American Trail and see North American animals including beavers, river otters, gray seals, California sea lions and much more. Then head over to Amazonia and check out the tropical forest, home to free-ranging animals and a large aquarium with dozens of fish species. The Asia Trail winds along a bamboo-shaded path where you can see sloth bears, fishing cats, red pandas, clouded leopards and giant pandas. In the Great Ape House you can come face to face with western lowland gorillas and orangutans. Finally, stop at the Kids’ Farm and see cows, donkeys, hogs, goats and more.

The kids can also ride on any of 58 different species at the Speedwell Conservation Carousel. Rides are just $3.

Museum hours:
Exhibit Buildings: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Grounds: 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
For more information visit the Smithsonian National Zoo website

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