The National Zoo revealed that one of its gorillas, Calaya, is expecting a baby any day now, bringing the zoo its first new gorilla in nine years.
The arrival of a new baby animal always brings new crowds to the zoo, and with warm weather arriving we figured it may be a good time to remind people of the easiest ways to get to and from the zoo.
Metro: Taking Metrorail is a good option for zoo visitors. The National Zoo is located not far from the Woodley Park/Zoo/Adams Morgan stop on the Red Line. You’ll get off the Metro and walk north on Connecticut Avenue, and the zoo entrance is on the right. Note: It is VERY hilly in this part of the city, and this is a solid 10-15 minute walk just to get to the zoo. So bring comfortable shoes and be prepared to get some exercise.
Driving: I’ve never been a fan of driving to the zoo because parking is limited and expensive. The zoo just increased parking rates to $25, which is really only worth paying if you have a car full of people. You can get to parking from Beach Drive, but beware of ongoing construction. The official zoo lot is usually full by 10 a.m. in warmer months. It’s possible to find street parking, but you will have to search hard to find spots in the Woodley Park neighborhood. You may be able to reserve parking at nearby lots using Parking Panda.
Biking: The zoo encourages people to bike to the zoo, but doesn’t want people riding bikes in the zoo itself. There are bike racks, however, near the visitors center and the lion-tiger hill. Capital Bikeshare also has stations nearby.