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National Zoological Park

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Open Now: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Terrible2%
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“free zoo”(181 reviews)
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A park-like zoo containing 4,000 animals and 500 different species.
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20008-2537
+1 202-633-4888
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The National Zoo is a good though not great zoo. Newer exhibits are great though older ones still very much menagerie like collections of interesting animals plonked together. If you’re taking a cab get dropped off at the top near the pandas and walk down...More

Thank Matvl
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went here last month with my friend and her two children and had good time. The animals are a bit spread out but have plenty of room to roam. Saw some interesting animals I have never seen before at this zoo.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

WhT a great visit. I went first thing in the morning on a cold winter morning. (The zoo is within walking distance of the Omni Shoreham. ) The staff was very helpful and friendly, and the facilities were clean. The animals were quite lively and...More

Thank profmom1
Reviewed 5 days ago

Being part of the Smithsonian Institution the zoo is high standard. Great place for adults and kids. TOP TIP: The zoo is located on a fairly steep hill. It is much easier to tour the zoo from the upper entrance and walk downhill, than start...More

Thank johnb16121
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This zoo is part of the Smithsonian museum so is free (anywhere else it would be bucks to see a zoo like this). The pandas are great and best to see earlier in the day. There are many other great animals to see like elephants,...More

Thank tac0matraveler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The facility needs a little help in sprucing up the exhibits. The animals need some fresh surroundings. Hope the money can come thru to help the animals.

Thank SandyR502
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoy out day trip to the zoo. We found parking street side on a Sunday. The Zoo is very walkable. There are indoor exhibts where you have to leave your strollers outside in a designanted area. It is cold outside so some animals are...More

Thank chocalanta
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of sloping hills with great exhibits. Go in the various animal houses to see exhibits and hear zookeepers talks.

Thank 355stevez
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This zoo was a delightful experience for our 8 & 5 year olds. The Panda’s and Tigers were there favorites. The weather was accommodating for this lifetime experience. “Kids Park” really brought out their curiosity with the “B” theme. A really great FAMILY day.

Thank JohnP761
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve been to the National Zoo in the summer before and there was lots of animal activity. I was a little disappointed today with several of the displays off line for the winter and some of the buildings closed for renovations. Got to see cheetahs,...More

Thank StigJim
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Kara G
22 October 2018|
Response from laser20814 | Reviewed this property |
It is primarily a Holiday Lights event. That said there are a several buildings that are usually open during the event that will have animals available for viewing such as the Think Tank and Small Mammal House. There are... More
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