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Video:Tips for Enjoying the National Zoo

with Heidi Dehncke-Fisher

The National Zoo is one of Washington, DC's most famous attractions. Here are some tips on how to enjoy a day at the National Zoo.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tips for Enjoying the National Zoo

Hi. I'm Heidi Dehncke-Fisher, a video journalist with About.com. I'm going to give you some tips on visiting the National Zoo in Washington, DC.

Set within the Rock Creek National Park, the zoo covers 163 acres and showcases more than 400 species of animals. For $2 you can vend a map on your way into the park, which takes several hours to explore. Remember to wear comfortable shoes, as some of the terrain can be difficult.

Attractions at the National Zoo

Meet the gorillas in the Great Ape House. See and learn about Asian Elephants. Step into the Bird House's Indoor Flight Room and watch as parrots and many other exotic birds fly freely. View the amazing African lion pride, and Discover a whole new world of fascinating creatures. And, don't miss the giant pandas, even cuter when they're sleeping.

There are seasonal and special exhibits as well as the 3,200-acre National Zoo Conservation and Research Center, which offers classes and camps to learn more about wild life. If you join FONZ (Friends of The National Zoo) there are many discounts and benefits for an annual fee.

Snacks and Amenities at the National Zoo

Tasty snacks include burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken sandwiches, salads, ice cream, hot pretzels, cotton candy, lemonade and more…Snack stands are scattered throughout the park. But you can also bring your own food and drink.

Restrooms are also dispersed throughout the park. Parking is $10.00 for the first hour and $15.00 for the next 2-3 hours and reaches a maximum of $20.00 after that. It's recommended to get there by 10:30 AM, especially in the summer months as the spaces fill up quickly.

Getting to the National Zoo

The main entrance to the zoo is located at 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW, however, there is a back entrance off the Rock Creek Parkway with additional parking.

The Metro line stops at Woodley Park/Zoo/Adams Morgan stop and the Cleveland Park stop and is at a convenient walking distance to the park. See you there and don't forget the sunscreen.

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