Tuesday, January 1, 2013

PAST: "ZooLights" Family-Friendly event at the National Zoo comes to a close on THURS, Jan 1st, Lights are on from 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

ZOOLIGHTS at the National Zoo
"See the zoo in a whole new light!"  
Nightly Friday, November 28 - Thursday, January 1
5:00pm - 9:00pm
Closed on December 31 due to the holiday

Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland. New this year will be a dazzling light show set to music! Learn more here

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. $3 per ride. The Conservation Carousel is back this year. Composed of 58 animal figurines and highlights the Zoo's incredible research and success stories. $3 per ride.

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: It is an uphill walk from Woodley Park, much easier to get there is you walk from Cleveland Park, it is a flat walk. The zoo is equidistant from both metro stations. You can also take the L2 or L4 bus along Connecticut Ave from either metro if you don't want to walk, it drops you off right in front of the zoo entrance. Many people may not realize that there is a back entrance to the zoo on Harvard St that is walking distance from the Columbia Heights metro, about a 12 minute walk, you can take Irving or Columbia to 16th, turn left and take a right on Harvard (see walking map) 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 so you'll want to plan it, see metro trip-planner online.

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