Free Admission to Smithsonian and National Zoo
Ever thought of visiting the Smithsonian Museum or the National Zoo located in Washington, D.C.? If you have, you’ll be pleased to know admission to both institutions is free. This is great for frugal vacationers or travelers. Visiting the Smithsonian Museum is not only fun, but educational too, making it a great place for a family destination.
The Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum and includes 19 museums and galleries, as well as a research complex. Each of the museums and galleries will spark the interest of someone in your traveling party. The museums available to visit through the Smithsonian Institute include:
African Museum History and Culture Museum
African Art Museum
Air and Space Museum
Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center
American Art Museum
American History Museum
American Indian Museum
Anacostia Community Museum
Arts and Industries Building
Freer Gallery of Art
There is so much to explore in museums you would want to dedicate a weekend to the museums alone. If you decide to visit the National Zoological Park, you can enjoy a population of over 2,000 animals from 400 species. Many of the zoo’s highlights are endangered or threatened species including: giant pandas, Asian elephants, western lowland gorillas, tigers, cheetahs, and more.
If you desire to take your family on an educational vacation, consider traveling to Washington, D.C. What you save in free admission to the museum and zoo, you can apply to your hotel stay and food purchases. Your vacation will also give you the ability to tour and see some of our nation’s capital buildings and monuments in Washington, D.C.