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National Zoological Park

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Closed Now: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good29%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“free zoo”(175 reviews)
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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
3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20008-2537
+1 202-633-4888
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed April 18, 2007

Every guidebook ever written tells you to take the Metro red line to the Woodley Park/Zoo exit....it even says 'zoo' exit, right? Well, we were given a wonderful tip by a Metro attendant, who told us to get off for the Zoo at the NEXT...More

19  Thank miznina
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed May 2, 2015

Our visit was a great disappointment. First, we were surprised by the $22 parking. We only had an hour and a half, so that was a lot to spend. Then we discovered after paying for parking that the Panda exhibit was closed. We went in...More

6  Thank Angela H
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Reviewed 3 days 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.

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Reviewed 4 days 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
Reviewed 5 days ago

The zoo has many animals you often don't see in zoos, including pandas and elephants. The workers and volunteers were all happy to answer any questions we had. I would definitely recommend visiting.

1  Thank Phillytraveler218
Reviewed 5 days ago

I don't think a lot of people realize the National Zoo is free. And for being a free zoo, it's really well done. I think it's a must-do for anyone visiting the DC area, for those two reasons alone. Because it is free, you can...More

Thank Lindsay M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Plenty to see and free as a Smithonian museum. Free wifi. 4 main areas. Pandas are major draw but plenty else Not a major fan of wils animals in captivity but this is done well and only captive bred are now allowed in responsible zoos...More

Thank jacqui3744
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were able to take the whole family to the zoo for the $20 price of parking. The pandas are beyond cute and they have experts at most of the exhibits to give you those interesting facts about the animal or their behaviors that really...More

Thank theresaeck
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great zoo, right on the Metro, Free admittance. Must take Metro as parking is all but impossible or expensive or far away. Good variety, many well done sub-houses specializing on specific environments or animal niches. Eat outside as there are many wonderful eateries just outside....More

Thank Erik D. F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's not often you can find free family fun in the city. The National Zoo is a gem and only one of four in the US to host giant pandas.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here on a nice November day. Fairly easy walking distance from the Cleveland stop on the Red Line. It is hilly with a lot of walking. The pandas and the elephants were pretty awesome, the remainder was ok. It was fairly crowded on this...More

1  Thank 53gregp
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The good - It’s a free zoo. On a crisp November day, it was nice to walk the grounds and see the fall foliage. The Pandas are of,course what everyone goes to see, and early in the day, they were pretty active and enjoyable to...More

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October 21, 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
July 23, 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
July 17, 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