Visiting the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. 2018-10-13T02:30:41+00:00

Visiting the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is a stone’s throw from the Fairfax Hotel in Washington, DC, and is an ideal place to visit for families who are staying in the nation’s capital any time of the year. If you want to relive the great memories of visiting a classic family place like the zoo, there is no better place in the state to do it than in the great, National Zoo.

Washington DC National Zoo

The National Zoo is always free to visit by anyone and is open to tourists year round, 365 days a year, rain or shine. The zoo is situated in a massive 163-acre property of the Smithsonian Institute, in Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC.

It was founded in 1889 and is currently the permanent home of more than a thousand different animals from different families of the Animal Kingdom, and there are up to 300 species that can be viewed in the zoo at any one time. Among the great animals that you can view in the National Zoo are Asian pandas, Sumatran tigers, Aldabran tortoises, Panamanian golden frogs, North Island brown kiwis, kori bustards, and many more.

There are “meet a mammal” demonstrations for adults and children, where you will get the chance to come closer to these magnificent species of the planet and even feed them when it is possible to do so. The National Zoo’s address is 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, DC. The National Zoo’s schedules year round are as follows: from March 15 to the entire month of September, 9 AM to 6 PM daily. The zoo grounds are open from 8 AM to 7 PM. From the month of October to March 14, you can visit and view the animals from 9 AM to 4 PM daily.

The rest of the zoo grounds will be open from 8 AM to 5 PM. The only time that the National Zoo is closed would be December 25, which is Christmas Day. It resumes operation immediately the next day, unless there is an announcement from the zoo in advance. Note that extreme weather conditions may also affect the opening or closure of the zoo.

Worried about dining while at the National Zoo? Do not fret! There are restaurants nearby where you can dine. Try the Mane Grill (open daily from 10 AM to 4:30 PM in fall/winter; 10 AM to 5 PM spring/summer) where they serve Angus burgers, hormone-free grilled chicken, and kids’ meals, too.

There is also the Heirloom Grille at the Lion & Tiger Hill, where you can chow down on fine Angus burgers, grilled salmon dishes, bratwursts, and different salads. This place is open from 10 am to 4 PM from April to August, and 11 AM to 4 PM (weekends only) during the months of September and October. Heirloom Grille does not open from November to March.

Book your stay early at the Fairfax Hotel in Washington DC and enjoy supreme guest amenities, great accommodations, rooms that you will love, and food that you will adore. Explore the city in style with your family this fall and winter, 2018.