Written by Jody Trammel

The National Zoo

National Zoo ParkThe National Zoo, formally named the National Zoological Park, is located in Washington, D.C. and is a part of the Smithsonian Institution. Founded in 1889, it’s one of the country’s oldest zoos. Admission is free, and it’s open every day of the year, except Christmas.

If you’re interested in having a fun-filled day at the National Zoo, use Affinity Airport Sedan to get you there. Let our professional, reliable ground transportation service navigate D.C. traffic so you can relax and rest up for outdoor fun. So whenever you need to get around in the D.C. area, just call Affinity!

About the National Zoo

When the zoo was created, officials strives to acquire one or two examples of as many species as possible. However, as many species of wild animals began to decline in numbers and become more difficult to find, it became apparent that something more had to be done.

In the mid 50s, the Zoo began focusing on taking better care of its animals, in addition to aiding conservation efforts. And by the 60s, the Zoo also took on work studying endangered and threatened species, as well as researching the breeding and behavior of zoo animals and how best to meet their needs. As a result, today the Zoo’s animals live in natural groupings, as they would in the wild, as opposed to alone. And many of its rare species are able to successfully breed and raise offspring.

Visiting the Zoo

Today, the Zoo hosts approximately 2 million guests each year. Many visit to see one of the Zoo’s main attractions, the giant panda habitat. The Zoo’s two pandas, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, gave birth to a female cub, Bao Bao in 2013, and the family is being studied to learn how to preserve the species. Other popular exhibits include the Asia Trail, Elephant Trails, Lemur Island, an interactive visitor think tank, and the Great Ape House.

Enjoy your time exploring the National Zoo! And for a ride there, you can always count on Affinity!

Shuttle to Air and Space Museum
Written by Jody Trammel

Air And Space

Shuttle to Air and Space Museum

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Travelers visiting the Washington, D.C. area would be remiss not to check out any of the Smithsonian museums. The largest, and one of the busiest, is the Air and Space Museum. This institution maintains the world’s most extensive collection of spacecraft and aircraft. While Affinity Airport Sedan, Inc. can’t offer intergalactic travel, we can provide professional shuttle service during your D.C-area visit. Call us to schedule your ride today.

About the Air and Space Museum

The Air and Space Museum is a research center studying the history of and science behind aviation and spaceflight. It also takes a look at planetary science and terrestrial geology. The museum’s collection includes many original space and aircraft, like the Spirit of St. Louis and SpaceShipOne. Air and Space Museum experts are currently hard at work making discoveries about Mars, Mercury, and the Moon. They’re even researching the history of Star Trek, a fictional television series that debuted in the ‘60s.

Planning your visit to the Air and Space Museum

In addition to museum exhibits and standard collections, the Air and Space Museum offers many other features. Visitors enjoy the realistic, 4-minute flight simulator rides. The Albert Einstein Planetarium offers virtual tours of the universe. And the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater shows films exploring the depths of space, among other wonders. The Air and Space Museum is one of the most popular museums in the District. To avoid huge crowds, get there early in the day or later in the afternoon. Also, know that there is much more than you can see in one visit. So, block off at least 2 – 3 hours to give yourself enough time to see your must-see exhibits. Note that both the Planetarium and IMAX are extremely popular. Make sure to get your tickets in advance or as soon as you get to the museum. Have a blast while you tour the Air and Space Museum. And when you need a ride to the airport for some air travel of your own, call us. Affinity Airport Sedan, Inc. is happy to help.