Baby Bao Bao at the National Zoo

Ok, who doesn’t love baby animals?

That’s why I had to give a shout out to the National Zoo this week, as it’s newest baby panda, Bao Bao, makes it’s debut!

If you are a zoo fan, then the National Zoo has to be a must see spot on your list.

Part of the Smithsonian Institution and set amid Rock Creek National Park set in the heart of Washington, D.C. it is a 163 acre zoological park.

Let me give you some specific points about the zoo.


The zoo is open 364 days a year and it has 2,000 individual animals with 400 different species.

Getting There

Here you have your choices: car, metro, bus or bicycle. The zoo is located at 3001 Connecticut Ave NW. Washington, D.C. There are two entrances on the west side of the zoo with a pedestrian and vehicle entrance on Connecticut Avenue. There are also two entrances for pedestrian and vehicle entrances which are on the East side of the zoo near Rock Creek Parkway and the intersection of Harvard Street and Adams Mill Road is the other one.

Public Transportation

Using the Connecticut Avenue entrance is equidistant between 2 Metrorail stops and there is a stop right in front of the zoo from the Metro bus.

By Bicycle

The zoo has a station at 3000 Connecticut Avenue NW and they also have an entrance at Harvard Street gate which is Harvard Street and Adams Mill Road NW. On public vehicle roads biking is permitted. On the pedestrian walkways riding bikes, skateboards, and scooters is prohibited. You will need to carry, walk or park while you are in the zoo. Near the visitor center and at Lion-Tiger Hill are the bike racks for you to store the bikes.

By Car

You can use the entrance on Connecticut Avenue, Rock Creek Parkway or Harvard Street. The parking is limited so they strongly encourage you to take public transportation. The rate for parking at the zoo will be $16.00 for the first 3 hours and $22.00 if you stay more than 3 hours. They use the money from the parking, food and gifts for conservation efforts, research and to support their education. The lots fill up early in the day during spring and summer since the zoo is such a popular destination.

Yay Pandas

Seeing the Pandas at the zoo is a fabulous experience because their giant panda cub names Bao Bao can now be seen on exhibit. The panda house is open from 10:00am to 4:30pm every day.

You will need to come early because of the long lines. You don’t want to stroll over at 4:15pm thinking you’ll get a good luck because the zoo cuts off the line early to ensure that those waiting can enter the panda house before it closes. Bring you camera so you can take pictures or a video, and have plenty of squeee worthy memories of Bao Bao in the future!

And, if you can’t visit the zoo yourself, check out the Panda Cam to get your daily fix of little Bao Bao.