3. Check out the National Zoo

Check out the National Zoo

Nothing says summer vacation like a family trip to the zoo, so why not plan an outing to see giant pandas, lions, elephants and more at DCā€™s National Zoo?

While admission to the zoo itself is free, there is a $16-$22 fee for parking, so be sure to budget this in ahead of time or plan on taking the Metro to the Woodley Park or Cleveland Park stations on the Red Line instead.

However you get there, this is one summer outing kids and adults alike are sure to love!

Take a River Cruise