The National Zoological Park in Washington D.C. was founded in 1889, and is one of the oldest zoos in the United States. It is popularly known as the National Zoo, and is part of the Smithsonian Institute. Admission to the zoo is free, and it is open on all days of the year, except on Christmas Day.
The 163 acre zoo at Rock Creek Park is open to the public. However, a larger 3,200 acre section of the park is dedicated to training professionals in conservation biology. At the zoo you can see about 390 species of animals including giant pandas, cheetahs and tigers. One fifth of the animals exhibited are endangered. The zoo also offers Snore & Roar Sleepovers that allow guests over the age of six years an opportunity to camp overnight at the zoo.Places nearby:
The White House: America's First Home 3 km / 2 mi
Museum of History: The Nation's Treasures 4 km / 2 mi
The Washington Monument: World's Tallest Obelisk 4 km / 2 mi
The Washington Monument: Majestic and Moving 4 km / 2 mi
National Museum of Natural History: The Natural History of the World at the Smithsonian 4 km / 2 mi