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National Zoological Park

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Address: 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20008
Phone Number: +1 202-633-4888
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08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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A park-like zoo containing 4,000 animals and 500 different species.

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Nice place to hangout with kids

We liked this park, we saw different kind of animals, enjoyed a quick meal in the food court and we were lucky to see the Christmas lights decoration 😀 I advise families to visit... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Ohio
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251 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

You will see animals here that you will see in very few other zoos. They have expanded some of the exhibits so the animals have more room. A great place to take kids.

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Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We liked this park, we saw different kind of animals, enjoyed a quick meal in the food court and we were lucky to see the Christmas lights decoration 😀 I advise families to visit this park in a nice sunny day since it is all outdoor..

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a rather small, but very walkable zoo with very nice exhibits and it is free! The volunteers were more than happy to answer any questions you or your children may have on the animals. Seeng the pandas was truly the best part of the day. if you can visit during the holidays, the zoo lights are awesome!

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Hastings, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Normally wouldn't have visited the zoo but there were pandas and we don't get to see them in New Zealand so that was pretty cool. Other than that it was a pretty average zoo and I guess we were expecting a little more in terms of some of the enclosures.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The National Zoo is special. Everyone at the zoo was enjoying the weather and the animals. While I enjoyed everything about the zoo, the Panda, Primate and Pachyderms were the best. The set up of the exibits, the animals and the look of enjoyment on everyone's face make the National Zoo a must place to go. The National Zoo is... More 

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Saint Albans, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We took our grandson here. From downtown we took the Circulator Bus which was about a 20 minute ride and costs only $1. Good way to get around town. We had a great time but be prepared to walk. From the main entrance it is mostly all downhill which means it is all uphill on the way out. Lots of... More 

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Lakewood
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

They do a great deal with a small space, expect a lot of walking. We were there in November and very little was open but a few gift shops and one restaurant(which has no restrooms)with minimal staff presence but many offering wonderful teaching moments. Pandas, cheetahs and orangutans free climbing over your head. Amazonia a great exhibit

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It may have simply been that my expectations were set too high I mean it's not like where in the capital of the Free World one of the largest super powers in the world I mean that could have made my expectations yes a little bit High for young daughters we go to zoos just about everywhere we travel to... More 

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austin, tx
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I wasn't sure what to think about going to the zoo when we had so many other things planned in DC. My teenage son insisted on seeing the pandas, and it was worth the trip! While there were a number of exhibits closed, it's still a great zoo, especially if you want to see the pandas, lions, cheetahs, bears and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great areas for all walks of life but my personal favorite was the Amazonian aquatic center. It was warm, had cool fish and even a monkey named harry! Very relatable for what I was interested in.

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