Skip to main content

[DC Tour] Smithsonian National Zoo

Make sure to stop by the Smithsonian National Zoo, right in the District!

One of the best parts of DC is the number of free activities available, both indoor and outdoor year round. The Smithsonian has 17 different institutions in DC, including the Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. All of them are accessible by public transit except the Udvar-Hazy Center. The Smithsonian is mostly museums, but one of my (Marissa's) favorites in the National Zoo. The Zoo is in the Woodley Park neighborhood of northwest DC.

Getting to the zoo is easy as there are three Metro stops within walking distance. The Red line stops, Woodley Park-Zoo and Cleveland Park get you to the front of the zoo. The Yellow line stop, Columbia Heights, is closer to the parking lots and the back entrance of the zoo. Pro-tip: use the red line and, on your way to the zoo, get off at Cleveland Park, so you walk downhill to the zoo entrance and, when you leave, walk downhill again to the Woodley Park stop. The DC circulator also goes from Woodley Park, through Adams Morgan, to downtown DC.

The Zoo, like all Smithsonians, is free and is open every day of the year except December 25. The zoo grounds are open from 8-5 from October through March 15, with the visitor center and exhibit buildings open from 9-4 and shops open from 10-4. From March 15 through September, the grounds stay open until 7pm, the visitor center and exhibit buildings until 6pm, and the shops until 5pm. Additionally, from November 29 through January 1, the zoo puts on ZooLights which is a animal-themed light show. Before you go, check their website for specifics, including sessional and weather-related changes.

I've been to the zoo a number of times in all different weather, including for ZooLights. The best time to go is between September and March on a weekday. In the summer, many people visit the zoo and DC can get extremely hot and sunny. The weather forces many of the animals inside and the zoo lacks overhead coverage so sunburn is a real possibility. As I mentioned, the zoo is on a hill. My tip here, is to start by walking all the way to the bottom and working your way back up. You might have to backtrack a little, but, as I've never followed this advice, I can assure you that walking up the hill all at once at the end of your visit is not ideal.

The zoo has many different animals to see and has split them up regionally, so it is also worth taking a look at a map to make sure you see all your favorite animals. I always have to remember to see the cheetahs because they are far away from the red pandas (my favorite) and are also far away from the tigers and lions. Also, if you don't like free-flying birds, you might want to skip Amazonia. If you're visiting with kids, or are young-at-heart, there is a kids too.

If you are lucky, or plan ahead well, you can get some great pictures!

*FTC Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links which means, at no additional cost to you, I may earn a commission if you click through the links provided and make a purchase.*


Popular posts from this blog

[Life in Korea] Part 4: How to operate air conditioner (Remote + Translations)

How to use Korean air conditioning? I saw a post on Facebook the other day asking for translations of the air conditioning remote and I realized that I've never made a post about it! So, here it is! How to use Korean air conditioner (Korean air con)

[Life in Korea] Doing Laundry in Korea - Korean Laundry Machines

How to do laundry in Korea? I thought back to what were some of my most pressing questions when I first moved to Korea, I remembered that laundry was one of those things that I was the most concerned about. Moving to and Living in Korea Series! Part 1: Packing for study/living in Korea  |  Part 2: Getting a Phone in Korea Part 3: Doing Laundry in Korea  |  Part 4: Using your air conditioner in Korea Laundry is important!

[Skincare Review] Head-to-Head Test: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair vs. La Mer The Concentrate

 As promised, here is my blog comparing the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair vs. the La Mer The Concentrate. FTC disclaimer: I was sent both of these items for free in exchange for my full and honest review. I tried to be as scientific as humanly possible. I had a blinded reviewer (my mom) who was actually unaware I was even doing a skincare test, so her opinion is completely blinded and she tried really hard to give a full and honest review of differences she noticed. I did this for 2 weeks. In the 14 days before the test, I was testing out the Estee Lauder ANP product in exchange for my review. I had enough product left (and actually received a second sample to test). My nighttime skincare routine was the same as usual. 1) DHC Cleansing Oil - Buy from YesStyle | Buy from Amazon 2) Micellar Water (for eye makeup) 3) Rosette Cleansing Paste Sea Clay Smooth - Buy From YesStyle  | Buy from Amazon I used my PMD Clean (from CAUSEBOX) to wash my face. I've been loving this device, se