WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Feb 13, 2012) - Factoring in a population of nearly 2,000 animals, there's always a good chance something new and exciting is happening at the Smithsonian National Zoo. And, with Washington, DC vacation packages that include premier hotel accommodations and a map of this exciting "must see" attraction, families can get a head start on trekking an adventure while enjoying nearby resort-like accommodations.

The Washington Marriott Wardman Park hotel near National Zoo is just a block away and through December 31, 2012 is offering a special hotel deal that includes a quality room with one king or two double beds; complimentary hotel self-parking; free meals for kids 12 and under, and a National Zoo map. From the popular giant pandas to tiny tree shrews, the National Zoo is home to a remarkable gathering of animals, many of which are endangered. Through the zoo's exciting offering of exhibits, visitors have the opportunity to marvel at the animals and their antics, while also learning about the importance of wildlife conservation and research -- all within the boundaries of this 163-acre preserve in the midst of Washington, DC.

Rates for the National Zoo Package start as low as $159* with a variety of rooms available, including concierge level accommodations for added amenities. A prominent choice among hotels near Washington, DC zoo, all rooms at Washington Marriott Wardman Park are luxuriously furnished and feature Marriott Revive® bedding, high-speed Internet access, Plug-In technology, an iPod dock, flat screen TV with premium movie channels and pay-per-view movie options. The hotel also offers guests on-site dining options, including the Stone's Throw Restaurant which features exceptional steaks, chops and seafood; Harry's Pub for an Old English menu and fine selection of microbrews; a coffeehouse, deli and lobby bar.

Booking with the National Zoo Package can easily be completed online by using promotional code ARN at http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/wasdt-washington-marriott-wardman-park/ or by calling 1-800-228-9290.

*Rates are per room per night and valid for Thursday through Sunday stays through 12/31/12 based on availability at the time of reservation. Length of stay may be required. Offer does not apply to groups of 10 or more rooms and may not be combined with any other discount or promotion. Please visit hotel website for additional terms and conditions.

About Washington Marriott Wardman Park

Prominently situated on 16 lush acres, Washington Marriott Wardman Park is a distinctive landmark hotel which offers travelers spacious guest rooms and expansive hotel suites in DC, graciously continuing the tradition of meeting the needs of both family and business travelers. Hosting a long list of U.S. Presidents, dignitaries and VIPs, this impressive retreat includes 195,000 square feet of state-of-the-art event space with the flexibility to provide meeting rooms, banquet halls and exhibition space for business conferences, trade shows and political gatherings. The hotel's award-winning event venues and comprehensive conference services are supported by a staff of dedicated event managers, professional caterers and well-trained technicians to ensure every detail is perfectly executed.

Contact Information:

Amanda Nichols
Washington Marriott Wardman Park