Zoos in Washington DC with kids

It’s animal time in Washington DC, and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Washington DC because Nations Capital has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

Showing results 1 - 35 of 50

Filter by: Zoos
Show all
  • National Zoo

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Cleveland Park

    The National Zoo is a beautiful urban park offering family fun and excitement, stimulating education programs, and a peaceful place to enjoy nature. There is something new to discover on every visit.

  • National Aquarium

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    SW Washington

    The aquarium features a wide variety of marine life that includes sharks, rays, reptiles and several endangered species. The 70 tanks house sea turtles, American alligators, sharks, piranha and 1,200 ...

  • Check out other fun things to do below...

  • Jonahs Treehouse

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Washington DC

    Great mazes, obstacles courses, tunnels and bridges, low balance beams and great structured programmes for kids up to five years old. Great idea if you are looking for fun places to go with your kids ...

  • Great Falls Park

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Washington

    At Great Falls, the Potomac River builds up speed and force as it falls over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through the narrow Mather Gorge. The Patowmack Canal offers a glimpse into the ...

  • Discovery Creek Childrens Museum of Washington

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Glen Echo

    The aim of the museum is using natural and historic settings to create a living laboratory of science, history, and art exploration.

  • Botanic Gardens

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Washington

    Hey Kids! The USBG is looking for Junior Botanists! You can become an Apprentice Junior Botanist by asking for an Adventure Folder and exploring our Conservatory. Bring along an adult adviser with an ...

  • Rock Creek Nature Centre

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    NW Washington DC

    Has Discovery Room aimed at kids under 5 with lots of things to do - enjoy a wide variety of children\'s programs, including planetarium shows, animal talks, exploratory hikes, crafts, as well as ...

  • National Arboretum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    NE Washington

    The National Arboretum has 446 acres filled with trees, plants and flowers - great place for picnic, relaxing and letting the kids run round - why not take a tram tour round

  • Dumbarton Oaks

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    NW Washington DC

    These beautiful 10 acre gardens are a great place to take a baby for a walk - you can take a guided tour of both the museum and gardens

  • East Potomac Park

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Washington DC

    One of the most popular parks in Washington DC, with tennis courts, golf and play areas!

  • Smithsonian Discovery Theater

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    SW Washington

    Loads of different live children performances geared at children - ranging from acting, musicians, mime, puppet shows - you name it - great idea for places to take the kids

  • Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    NW Washington DC

    Free daily performances are held on the Millennium Stage in the Grand Foyer. There are free guided tours every day and have a section on their website just for family performances.

  • All Fired Up

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Cleveland Park Metro Area

    Express your "creative" self, take a item of bisque and let your imagination run wild - great idea for birthday and christmas presents for your relatives as well

  • Be With Me Children Playseum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    District of Columbia

    The Be With Me Children's Playseum is a space dedicated to inspiring children and parents to use their imaginations and just "be". Come in and explore our city shops and transform in to a new person ...

  • DC Ducks

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Washington DC

    DC Ducks is the most exciting way to see Washington. Climb aboard an authentic, fully restored 1942 "Duck" and let the adventure begin! From Union Station we'll waddle down to the mall where you'll ...

  • City Segway Tours of Washington DC

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Washington

    Take a tour of Washington DC with City Segway Tours and enjoy a novel way of seeing the city!

  • Open Top Sightseeing Washington DC

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Washington DC

    Come with us and hear more about the people and places that make up the nation\\\'s capital, from the legacy of Abraham Lincoln to present day Washingtonians, from historical buildings and impressive ...

  • Old Town Trolley Washington DC Tour

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    NE Washington DC

    Sit back while the expert tour guides help you discover the beauty and majesty of Washington D.C. The popular Old Town Trolley tour covers Washington's major attractions. Great idea if you are ...

  • Tourmobile Sightseeing Trams

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    SW Washington DC

    Get ready for the sights and sounds of the Nation's Capital. Tourmobile Sightseeing's narrated shuttle tours take you right where you want to go with unlimited free reboarding. You choose where to ...

  • Ghosts of Georgetown Walking Tour

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    NW Washington DC

    Among the historic streets, manicured gardens, and Victorian row houses of DC's finest neighborhood, lies deep, dark secrets about a forgotten past. Come along to hear about the ghosts and spirits ...

  • Lincoln Assassination Walking Tour

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    NW Washington DC

    It was a night that changed the history of a nation forever. Journey back in time with your guide to learn about the three-pronged attack designed to decapitate the U.S. Government. Come along on ...

  • Capital City Bike Tours

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Washington

    A fun and active way to get around Washington D.C - bikes! Perfect for families who want to see the city easily.

  • National Air and Space Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Washington

    Hundreds of artifacts on display including the original Wright 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 command module, and a lunar rock sample that visitors can touch. The Steven F. ...

  • National Geographic Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Washington DC

    At National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C., past and current expeditions, adventures, and scientific research come to life. Enjoy a wide variety of changing exhibitions as well as permanent and ...

  • National Museum of Natural History

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    NW Washington

    Top tip for kids, you might want to make your first stop the first-floor Discovery Room, which is filled with creative hands-on exhibits "for children of all ages." Every now and then, the hall comes ...

  • United States National Holocaust Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    SW Washington DC

    This internationally acclaimed museum tells the story of the Holocaust through artifacts, films, photos, and oral histories.

  • Smithsonian American Art Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Penn Quarter

    Smithsonian American Art Museum is the nations first art collection, and covers the richness and diversity of America's artists

  • National Postal Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    NE Washington

    The National Postal Museum is divided into galleries that explore America's postal history from colonial times to the present. Visitors learn how mail has been transported, emphasize the importance ...

  • Madame Tussauds

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    NW Washington

    Visit Madame Tussauds Washington DC and experience our Presidents Gallery; a brand new exhibit that displays all 44 U.S. Presidents in an exciting and interactive environment. The Presidents Gallery ...

  • Marian Koshland Science Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    NW Washington

    While families are welcome to enjoy up to the minute scientific research it's largely aimed at over 8s, though hands-on activities are offered most weekends.

  • National Museum of Crime and Punishment

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Washington

    Committed to offering an experience that the whole family can enjoy. While there may be some portions of the museum you choose to avoid with your child, there are numerous exhibits and interactives ...

  • Navy Yard

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Washington DC

    Loads of hands on things to keep the kids occupied naval artifacts, model ships, undersea vehicles, sub periscopes, a space capsule, a decommissioned destroyer - feel tired just reading it!! Please ...

  • Newseum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    NW Washington DC

    15 main galleries, many of them hands-on interactive, which are fun and interesting for all ages telling the story of NEWS down the ages!

  • National Gallery of Art

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Washington DC

    Loads of children's events - family specific things to do on the site and children's audio tour as well. Please visit our webiste for more details on family oriented activities.

  • National Museum of the American Indian

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    SW Washington DC

    The National Museum of the American Indian is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of Native cultures(check out the website)!!!