Smithsonian’s National Zoo, a 163-acre zoological park set amid Rock Creek National Park in the heart of Washington, D.C., is a place where you can learn and explore 2,000 individual animals of 400 different species. The zoo is open 364 days a year and offers free admission. The grounds open at 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. (6 in winter) and last admittance is 7 p.m. (summer only). The exhibit buildings are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (4:30 in winter) and Visitor Center, Shops, and Concessions are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
One of the zoo attractions is the custom-carved carousel which features animals of 58 different species. The carousel includes beloved endangered species including giant pandas, Komodo dragons, and cheetahs. The attraction will welcome visitors of all ages to Lion/Tiger Hill with delightful animal figures and colorful scenery.