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National Zoological Park

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Closed Now: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“panda exhibit”(176 reviews)
“free zoo”(171 reviews)
“nice zoo”(151 reviews)
A park-like zoo containing 4,000 animals and 500 different species.
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20008-2537
+1 202-633-4888
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had a nice visit. Some of the walking paths are in a incline. The panda exhibit is the highlight. Great family outing. Parking is $25.

Thank haileythegolden
Reviewed 4 days ago

Haven't been to the zoo in some time. What a wonderful walk, early morning. The animals were pretty active in the cool weather. Don't miss this, especially if you live in the metro area.

Thank Dan T
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Myself and a friend visited this zoo today and had a really distressing experience. Many of the animals are kept in tiny enclosures but the worst part was witnessing a poor orangutan distressingly consume their own sick (please note this is caused by captive gorillas...More

Thank Lewinmia
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was 95o with a heat index of 105 when we chose to walk...and walk...and walk. No regrets at all. The otters were playing in and out of the water, and the Siberian tiger lolled in his moat and then came out to roll in...More

1  Thank SpryWidow
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My colleague and I visited this zoo before a conference. Entry is free but donations appreciated. The zoo has a variety of animals including cheetahs, gazelles, elephants, pandas, and more. I appreciated the zoo wasn’t too large. It is easily walkable in as short as...More

Thank Joanna Z
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The National Zoo was much larger and nicer than I expected, although I find it dubious to call it "free" when parking is $25. There are also quite a few hills which may tire some groups out, so try to plan your parking/exploration accordingly. Overall...More

Thank August L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful, clean zoo in a convenient location. Not as expansive as the Bronx Zoo but has plenty to see. Easily reached by the Metro. There are plenty of eateries in the vicinity. Prices for food within are expensive.

Thank sushiguy79
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were here all day,there's lots to see and lots of walking involved.we did visit on a super hot day and while we did not see all the animals you could hardly blame them,because would you want to be on display in 40c heat. The...More

Thank coopergirl2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The National Zoo is free. Parking is a flat fee of $25. If you go on Sunday you might be able to park in the surrounding neighborhood. If you have young children I would pay after a day at the zoo who wants to fight...More

Thank tew22018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For a start, it's free (minus any donation you might want to make). It's also quite big, my wife and I were for more than 3 hours today and we didn't cover everything. There are many exhibits to look at, inside and outside. There are...More

Thank Chris K
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Jill C
24 July 2018|
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Response from tomtravels1 | Reviewed this property |
I am not familiar with the shuttle. However, we use the 'Metro'. I checked on the DC Metro's website Mon. - Thurs 5AM - 11:30PM Friday 5AM - 1AM (Sat.) Sat. 7AM - 1AM (Sun) Sunday 8AM - 11PM Please keep in mind, it... More
aya a
18 July 2018|
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Response from samanthajfindlay | Reviewed this property |
There is no touching any of the animals especially the pandas...they are very well cared and protected for. But you should make seeing them a priority, go into the building attached to their enclosure because you may get to... More
28 June 2018|
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Response from Vernon D | Reviewed this property |
If you get there early enough and you are able to choose, use parking lot B or A. Using the Connecticut Avenue entrance takes you there the quickest.