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Best Zoo And Aquarium Events In Washington DC

July 26, 2013 8:00 AM

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Photo Credit: Smithsonian National Zoo

Photo Credit: Smithsonian National Zoo

With the national zoo and aquariums in DC and the neighboring city of Baltimore, Washingtonians are spoiled with animal fun. These activities feature animal encounters, special events and educational dining experiences to enhance your visit.

Global Tiger Day
Smithsonian National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 633-2614
www.nationalzoo.si.edu  

Date: July 28, 2013

Tigers are among the most magnificent creatures on the planet whose numbers are dwindling. Celebrate Global Tiger Day at the Great Cats exhibit in the National Zoo. Free to all, the day features special feedings at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. The tiger keepers will be on hand to discuss care, feedings and trainings that they do to optimize the health and wellness of these big cats at the zoo. Learn about tigers in the wild through the scientists and researchers that are working on the Tiger Conservation Partnership. There are activities for adults and kids, including tiger-striped face painting.

Fresh Thoughts
National Aquarium
1401 Constitution Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20230
(202) 482-2825
www.aqua.org

Date: Sept. 25, 2013

The future of our oceans depends on sustainably sourced seafood. Learn more about how we can ensure the future of our seafood supply and the planet through the National Aquarium’s Fresh Thoughts dinner and discussion in Washington DC. Executive chef Xavier Deshayes of the Ronald Reagan Building will serve a four-course meal in the National Aquarium highlighting sustainably sourced, wild salmon. The evening starts with a cocktail hour, the discussion with chef Deshayes and access to the Aquarium after hours.

Fiesta Musical
Smithsonian National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 633-2614
www.nationalzoo.si.edu  

Date: Sept. 29, 2013

September is Hispanic Heritage Month and there’s no better way to enjoy the vibrant colors, music and culture of Latin countries than at the zoo. Enrich your understanding of Hispanic culture with indigenous animal demonstrations and educational activities featuring the animals of South America, like sloths or the Andean bears. More than animals, there will be Hispanic and Latin music, native-dressed dancers, Hispanic crafts and Latin American cuisine. This event is free to attend.

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Dolphin Encounter
National Aquarium
501 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 576-3833
www.aqua.org 

If watching “Flipper” as a kid has left you with the insatiable curiosity to interact with a real dolphin, now’s your chance. The Dolphin Encounter at the National Aquarium in Baltimore features an up close and personal, hands-on experience that begins with learning more about the Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in orientation before it moves to the deck where you’ll be able to touch the dolphins. The encounter is held on alternating Saturday and Sundays at 9 a.m. and is $209.95 for a two-hour encounter. Those that want to watch the fun but not interact can get an observer ticket for $83.95. Children must be eight years of age or older to participate.

Dolphin or Shark Sleepover
National Aquarium
501 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 576-3833
www.aqua.org  

Every Friday, the bustling National Aquarium in Baltimore turns into a fun-filled sleepover party at night. Sleepovers are a way of exploring the behind-the-scenes world of animal caregiving and are a thrill for kids and adults of all ages. Choose from a sleepover with either the dolphins or the sharks and bring your sleeping bag as guests will be camping out on the floor of the amphitheater. The night begins with watching the dolphins play and perform. Dinner is served and there’s a 4D film and even a behind-the-scenes tour. After an exciting evening, fall asleep next to the dolphins, then awake to breakfast and a private talk with the dolphin trainers. The shark sleepover is similar and offers a visit to the food prep area. Children must be eight years of age or older and tickets are $109.95.

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Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isnt enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.


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