Sunday, June 3, 2012

PAST: HOLIDAY: Family Friendly event at the National Zoo! "ZooLights" takes place on select nights FRI, Nov 23rd - TUES, Jan 1st from 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

ZOOLIGHTS at the National Zoo
"See the zoo in a whole new light!"  
Select nights Friday, November 23rd  - Tuesday, January 1st
5:00pm - 9:00pm
Remaining dates:
Wednesday, December 26th - Sunday, December 30th and New Years Day, Tuesday, January 1st.

This year, ZooLights is brighter than ever! More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland. Lit animal silhouettes, musical light displays, and a new garden scene light sculpture make for truly magical sights!

In addition to the free event, the following paid attractions are also available: Zoo Tubing on Lion/Tiger HIll at the bottom of the park by Harvard St entrance,  There will be two 150 foot long "snow tubing" tracks. Be sure to take the plunge down this magical snowless track! Ride the Merry-Go-Round, also known as the Speedwell Foundation's Conservation Carousel, which is solar powered!  New this year, the Conservation Carousel is composed of 58 animal figurines and highlights the Zoo's incredible research and success stories.

Note: I recommend that you take metro there as parking is $16 per vehicle, unless you are a member in which case it is $9, and I when the lot is full it can take a very long time to get out of the zoo area onto the main road. 

The National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave, NW
Metro: Woodley Park, Cleveland Park or Columbia Heights - see note about metro and bus options below. Note: Free shuttle bus service will be offered on Saturday, December 29th from the Woodley Park metro station, provided by Open Top Sightseeing.

Note: If you have small children especially, or if it is a cold night, you might want to choose from one of these options rather than getting off at the Woodley Park Metro and walking uphill. Most folks might not realize this but the zoo is actually equidistant to the Cleveland Park stop (about a 9 minute walk or so from either stop), so I suggest that you get off at Cleveland Park and walk from there as it is an easy, flat walk. From either station, you can also wait for the L2 or L4 bus on Connecticut Ave if you don't want to walk, it drops you off right in front of the zoo entrance. Another option is to metro to Columbia Heights and access the zoo from the Harvard Street side near Adams Morgan. It's only an 12 minute walk or so from the metro if you walk across Irving to 16th, turn left and take a right on Harvard (see walking map). By bus, you can get closer if you take the 42 or 43 bus from Connecticut Ave downtown or from Dupont to Harvard St, where the bus turns left off of Columbia Rd,  it's about a 6 min walk or so downhill on Harvard, or you can catch the H2 bus  right to the zoo from Columbia Rd at 14th St, it drops you right by the zoo entrance at the bottom of Adams Mill at Harvard - though that line does not run that frequently. For bus info, visit metro online

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