Last month, we took an impromptu road trip to Washington, D.C. One of the must visits on our list was Smithsonian's National Zoo. Harper has been wanting to go for years to see the pandas, and we were finally doing it!
The zoo is vast. We had no idea how sprawling it is. The exhibits are spaced apart, and there is lots of walking involved. National Zoo offers many amazing exhibits. Upon entry, take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the zoo map, decide what you want to see, and go see it!
Here are my recommendations for the 5 must-sees at the National Zoo:
Check out the live giant panda webcam here to get a sneak peek.
Check out the live lion webcam here to get a sneak peek.
Washed Ashore exhibit was on full display. The exhibit was a a larger-than-life exhibit of 17 marine wildlife sculptures—from jellyfish to sharks—made entirely of plastic pollution directly recovered from oceans. I was astounded by how much trash and waste ends up in our oceans and how this trash becomes the ocean's most deadly predator.
Check the National Zoo's website for information on current special exhibits.
We stayed at the Marriott Wardman Park (which was a hop, skip, and a jump from the zoo) and ate here and here.
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