Last year, we were members of the National Zoo in DC, and while it's a great zoo, it's always such a trip to get down there, with the traffic and the 45 minute, minimum drive. It always makes for tricky timing, particularly with naps, as a 45-60 minute ride home isn't long enough for Monkey to nap, and yet it also is too long to make it home without him falling asleep. Moose is still a little easier, as he can nap on the go, in the carrier or stroller. But still, we appreciate our free time during nap time, and making it home from DC in time for nap is always difficult.
So, we became members of the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore this year, and already, it's been great. It's only 30 minutes to get there, and the traffic is nowhere near as bad. There are plenty of animals, they have a great Children's Zoo section, and it doesn't seem to be as crowded yet. We'll probably still alternate every once in awhile, but for now, the Maryland Zoo is definitely better for us.