2 Hours at the Smithsonian National Zoo

See the world famous Giant Pandas and more than 2,000 other animals from around the globe.

National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave. NW
Daily, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Stop One

Get some quality time with the zoo’s resident giant panda family

The National Zoo is known for its Giant Panda program and the zoo’s current family of pandas, Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and the youngest, Bei Bei, always attract a crowd in the summertime. Follow the Asia Trail Exhibit to the Giant Panda habitat to catch Bei Bei’s super cute antics.


Stop Two

See the seals at the ‘American Trail’ exhibit

The Giant Panda’s don’t have the market cornered on cuteness since a gray seal pup was recently born at the zoo. Visitors can see the gray seal colony, as well as California sea lions, otters and even patriotic bald eagles in this section of the expansive zoo.  


Stop Three

Commune with the primates in the Great Ape House

Gorillas, monkeys, orangutans and lemurs all live in the popular Great Ape House. Keep the cuteness them going and look for Redd, the first Bornean orangutan monkey born at the National Zoo in 25 years. He was born Sept. 12, 2016 and is still young enough to be monkeying around!


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