Great fun for the 10year old and under crowd! Reston Zoo is small but well laid out, a relaxing way to spend a couple of hours. Easy, accessible parking. It is as "hands on" and interactive as you like -- you can walk around and observe, read about wildlife and the animals as well as choose to be more interactive. for example: They have a traditional Petting Zoo area with goats and rabbits, an aviary, Pony Rides and a "Zoofari Wagon Ride" which is a tractor ride that takes you around the grounds to view animals such as the bison, camels, zebra and ostrich. This was a highlight -- and the staff is wonderful as they pause the wagon to talk about the animals as well as ensure everyone gets a glimpse. You can purchase feed, milk bottles and honey/seed sticks to get close to your favorite creatures. For military if you show an ID card (active or retired) you are given a complimentary feed cup -- very nice for the kids! Don't expect anything fancy here, its a small patch of rural tradition surrounded by encroaching suburbian.
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