The best thing about hanging with my little man is seeing the world through his eyes. I took Jackson to the zoo for the first time and honestly laughed the entire time as he made the funniest faces at every animal he laid eyes on. He gasped at every new animal he encountered and laughed so hard when they made a noise or walked over to the fence/glass. Watching him have fun and enjoy life always serves a reminder to me to take a few moments to stop and smell the roses. And smell the roses we did!
I would recommend the National Zoo to anyone with a little child who loves animals or at least loves making animal sounds like Jackson. The Zoo is free, but you do have to pay $22 for parking. I would say public transportation is a good idea, but I had to carry a stroller, diaper bag, food in a cooler, and an active toddler. Translation…I had too much crap with me to hop on a bus and a train. But if you have the patience or no other option…it’s still worth the trip! The bonus is that you can bring your own food and not spend a ton on the options at the park. So, you’ll save some moolah by doing that.
A lot of the animals decided not to grace us with their presence and I can’t blame them because it was hot as hell outside, but we did get to see a lot of cool things. We were able to hit up the Kiddie Farm that has a pond with fish, we saw cows, an alpaca, sheep, and hogs. This is an ideal spot if you have small children who don’t really know about any animal besides those on Old McDonald’s Farm. Since I live a little ways away from the zoo, I wanted to make sure Jackson saw enough to justify the drive. And so we were there for about three hours.
Over three hours, we were able to see the pandas, a sea lion, a regular lion, a meerkat, an alpaca, chipmunks, cows, a tortoise, beavers…you name it!
More pics from our adventures:
As you can see…we had a blast. So if you’re in the DC area and can’t figure out what to do with the little ones, check out the National Zoo …I promise you won’t be disappointed.