We followed the panda’s advice and spent a lot of time inside. We really liked the huge aviary.
Everyone was having a nap.
Or staying inside in the air conditioning
Outside was nice though if you found a cool shady spot to sit.
My best advice for visiting the National Zoo
Take the Metro from Washington D.C. to the Cleveland Park stop on the red line which is one stop past the stop labelled Zoo. If you get off at the zoo spot it is a long walk uphill to the zoo. If you get off at Cleveland Park it is slightly downhill.
The food available isn’t very vegan friendly on the menu but the paninis seem to be made on site so you could ask for them to be made without cheese. They weren’t very appetizing looking though. I just had a pretzel.
The zoo is large and is on a hill so be prepared to hike. To go from the back of the zoo to the exit is an uphill climb. Maybe head to the back of the zoo first and gradually make your way to the front while seeing the animals so you gradually work your way back up the hill.
I’ve decided that since we are new here we should go see all the local attractions. We should act like tourists. I was going to make a list similar to my 101 Things in 1001 Days list that I did and cross them off as I go do them. The problem is that I keep finding out about cool things to do here so I’d have to keep updating the list. Maybe I’ll make a list as I do them.
“In 1900, George and Ann Perkins, heirs of the city’s founder, Simon Perkins, donated what is now Perkins Woods Park to the City of Akron. They stipulated that the 79 acres be used for “…the sole purpose of devoting the same to the uses of a public park, especially as a place for recreation for children.” – from the Akron Zoo’s website
The husband and I went to the zoo on a Sunday. It is open every day from 10-5. It is a small zoo but it is nicely laid out. There are even workout stations along the pathways so you could exercise if you wanted while you looked. We had both already worked out that morning and it was crazy hot so we passed.
I love lemurs. I did an animal behavior project in college involving observing zoo lemur behavior so I’d sit and stare at them for long periods of time.
The black and white lemurs kept trying to take food away from the smaller lemurs. The keepers kept shooing them away.
There is a small aquarium area. I love the cephalopods. They had this one large octopus. Don’t you just want to squeeze them and take them home?
Nice great big poisonous lizard.
Whenever I see snakes in zoos now I think of the scene in Harry Potter where the boa constrictor talks about how much he hates people tapping on the glass and how he wants to go see Brazil.