When you take a charter bus in Washington, D.C., make sure your customized tours stop at the zoo. The National Zoo is an important part of the Smithsonian Institution—and is completely free for visitors. Learn more from this video!
Almost all D.C. guided tours make a stop at the Smithsonian museums and the zoo, especially if you use educational tour services. The D.C. zoo is one of the only zoos in the world with a panda, which is why so many people make it part of their day trips. One D.C. zoo curator who works with lions, tigers, and bears advises children that the animals take a great deal of preparation before they are ready for the public.