The National Zoological Park, located in Northwest Washington is part of the Smithsonian Institution and is a great attraction for the entire family. Packed to the brim with a variety of mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and numerous other attractions, the National Zoological Park is a definite must-visit when in Washington. The zoo is spread across 163 acres and is home to over 2,000 animals like elephants, apes, sea lions, orangutans, bears, big cats, otters and many more. Its main attractions are however the pandas, especially a baby panda named Bao Bao who was born in 2013.To catch a glimpse of exotic animals native to South America, visitors must make it a point to visit the Amazonia exhibit. There are also numerous shows that take place daily at the zoo, such as keeper talks, animal training and feeding demonstrations.
Grounds: 6am-6pm Visitor Center: 9am-4:30pm Exhibit Buildings: 10am-4:30pm Concessions: 9am-4:30pm Shops: 10am-5pm
Around 2 hours or more
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
The Amazonia exhibit and the Giant Pandas
Muslims visiting the National Zoological Park will not be able to find prayer facilities, but they should be able to find a clean and quiet place in the park to offer their prayers. The Islamic Center of Washington, Masjid Al-Hikma, Idriss Mosque and the Islamic Center of Kent are a few of the many mosques in the city. Muslim tourists can therefore ask to be guided to the closest mosque to the park when needed.
The National Zoological Park has numerous cafés and restaurants like the Seal Rock Café, Mane Grill, Hot Dog Diner and Panda Overlook Café. There are also many snack stands and kiosks located all around the park. While these establishments will not be Halal certified, many of them are sure to serve vegetarian and seafood options. For those looking specifically for Halal certified restaurants, there are quite a number in Washington.