Tips for Enjoying the Trip and Babywearing
3. Choose your favorite carry or carrier. Pick something you’re comfortable using and that you’re comfortable wearing for a few hours. Odds are good you’ll be doing a few ups and downs during the day and you want a carrier that you feel completely comfortable with and that is comfortable for both you and baby.
5. Be realistic. The zoo is huge. Before you had kids, a day at the zoo probably meant visiting every single exhibit. Now, you've got small people in tow. Children tend to like to watch one thing for a while rather than seeing every single thing. Let each person choose ONE animal that they want to see. Then, aim to see those and take your time really watching each animal. This way no one feels rushed or hurried and everyone gets to see what they want to see.
- If you are driving and it’s a beautiful day outside, you MUST arrive before 10. Seriously. The parking lot at 9:30 is nearly empty. At 10:05 on a nice day, you will be lucky to even find a place to park.
- If you’re taking the metro, get off a Cleveland Park. It’s all downhill to the zoo from there. On the way home walk the other direction on Connecticut to Woodley Zoo. It’s also downhill to Woodley/Zoo from the zoo. This way you’ve got an easy walk both ways!
- If you’re driving, park in the very last lot. The zoo is one big steep hill. The last lot is at the bottom of the hill. If you park there, you and the kids will be walking uphill when you're fresh and have lots of energy. On the way home when everyone’s more tired, you’re walking downhill.
Our Favorite Parts of the Zoo
There’s a beautiful carousel near the lion exhibit. It’s about $3 per person to ride (and adults need a ticket too). We usually make sure to either have enough cash with us to be able to ride it or to talk about it in advance if we aren’t going to be able to ride it that day.