The newest family attraction at National Zoo in Washington gives family travelers a chance to meet wild birds up close and see them in different settings along their migrating routes. Visitors travel through immersive aviaries mimicking natural ecosystems where they make their homes and winter.
About 80 species of shorebirds, waterfowl and songbirds wade, swim and fly free in settings realistically replicating the sandy beaches of Delaware Bay, a flooded Midwestern prairie and a tropical coffee farm. Throughout these walkthrough aviaries, panels show more about the hundreds of bird species that migrate across the Americas every year.
In the first of the aviaries, Delaware Bay, visitors learn how shorebirds migrate each year between the Arctic and the southern tip of South America, as well as how the Delaware Bay is a vital refueling station. The ecosystem is complete with live fish and horseshoe crabs in addition to the shorebirds.
Pools formed in the spring by melting snow make wetlands in the Midwestern prairies, a wetland habitat for ducks and an important migratory stop for other species. A walkway winds among the pools where wildfowl swim.
Songbirds flit among the canopy trees and coffee plants of a tropical coffee farm, a favorite wintering place for some of North America’s most colorful birds, such as indigo buntings and Baltimore orioles. Outside, visitors meet a pair of barred owls, whooping cranes and flamingos.
Daily keeper talks and feeding demonstrations give more up-close views of the resident birds, and in the Observatory room, visitors can watch bird banding and learn how satellite tracking is used to follow migrating birds’ locations.
The completely re-imagined Bird House opened in March of this year. Until the resident bird grows accustomed to the new environment, visitor numbers are limited and everyone must have tickets. These are free and available at the Visitor Center or by scanning a QR code on signs throughout the park.
It’s time to start dreaming of your next family trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through these pies from around the world, and maybe you’ll be inspired to take that next trip for a delicious slice.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
Trying to plan a multigen trip? You may anticipate trouble finding a travel destination, activities and more to appeal to every member of your crew. However, a new report from Hilton found there are certain experiences all travelers want right now, regardless of generation.
With the holiday season upon us, resorts all over the world pull out all the stops to bring the joy of the holidays to family travelers of all ages. Here are five more resorts to check out this holiday season:
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
When searching for unique gifts for family travelers, Etsy is a good place to begin. A marketplace of online shops owned by craftspeople and collectors, Etsy is filled with handcrafted works in all mediums, often one-of-a-kind or custom-made. It’s like an open studio, a place to share the latest creations directly to people who appreciate handcrafted things.