- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 23, 2000


The National Zoo's Conservation and Research Center is located in Front Royal, Va., approximately 60 miles west of the District.


Take Interstate 66 west toward Front Royal. Get off at the Linden exit and turn left at the stop sign. Proceed to the traffic light and turn right onto Route 55. Follow Route 55 approximately six to seven miles into Front Royal. At the intersection of Routes 55 and 522, turn left. Proceed approximately four to five miles and look for the Conservation and Research Center on the left.


Parking is provided on site.


Admission is free on Oct. 7, which is reserved for the Friends of the National Zoo's (FONZ) Safari Club members. FONZ membership costs $47 for a family and $37 for an individual. An additional $25 fee is charged for membership in the CRC Safari Club.

Oct. 8 is the community day, and admission is $25 per car, with a maximum of six occupants. Admission tickets will be sold only in advance by phone. This two-day event is the only opportunity to visit the CRC during the year, as its primary focus is research.


The center will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Phone: 540/635-6596. CRC Web site: www.si.edu/crc/home.htm. FONZ Web site: www.fonz.org/index2.shtml.


• The Apple House on Route 55 in Linden (on the right-hand side just after exiting I-66 and turning onto Route 55) offers homemade cinnamon doughnuts that often are still warm when purchased. It also has a selection of Virginia wines for sale for the adults. Phone: 540/636-6329.

• Oasis Winery is just a few miles down the road on Route 635. It provides sandwiches and outdoor tables with wonderful views. Phone: 800/304-7656.

• Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park in Front Royal is worth seeing any time of the year. The cost is $10 per vehicle, and the park is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Phone: 540/635-4558.

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