National Zoological Park

National Zoological Park, Washington DC: Hours, Address, National Zoological Park Reviews: 4/5

National Zoological Park
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
A park-like zoo containing 4,000 animals and 500 different species.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
How to get there
  • Woodley Park • 9 min walk
  • Cleveland Park • 10 min walk
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jacob w
Long Island, NY40 contributions
it was pretty good!!
Jul 2021
a good zoo. the pandas were clearly the highlight.. elephants were great !! gift shop was nice too. impressive but personally prefer the bronx zoo. the only thing this zoo was unique for was the pandas but still a nice trip!
Written August 1, 2021
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GK Do
Hanoi, Vietnam5 contributions
Nice city zoo
Jul 2021 • Friends
The zoo was large for being in the middle of a city but the animals were lacking. Some of the staff had a bad attitude and unfriendly. The food here is overpriced so I would recommend any travelers to find a place outside before going in. It gets pretty crowded with kids and families as well. When I went, the weather was extremely hot so most of the animals were either just laying in the shade, doing nothing or they are inside. The best attraction in my opinion was the Asia Trail/Panda exhibit.
Written July 13, 2021
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dawitango
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia14 contributions
Great place, go & enjoy
Jul 2021 • Family
Totally loved it. The park is so well designed that it'll make you walk through every corner enjoying the sight of different animals. Also found many endangered animals. We saw cheetahs, kudu, elephants, crocodiles, bison, reptiles, gorilla & many many....There are many sitting areas, drinking water spots, ice cream shops etc.

Entrance is free but you have to get a prebooked passes online. We couldn't see the panda because you have to get there first & scan the QR code to get it. However still we couldn't manage to get our passes.

Understandably very humid, we suggest going there early morning during the summer's. Also it got very busy afternoon time.

Written July 13, 2021
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Fred B
109 contributions
Disappointed
Jul 2021 • Couples
Wife and I have wanted to visit the zoo since our last trip in 2016.

This time we were able to make it, barely.

NOTE-You just can't show up and expect to get in. You MUST plan a week or more ahead. I was able to get a couple of the last passes for our day six days ahead because it was the middle of the week.

We arrived at zoo open and securef a great parking spot in lot B right out the lower lot B gate.

On entry, were were then able to get tickets to the Asia walk and the Pandas for 8:30.

The pandas were the best thing we saw all day.

For many of the exhibits the plastic barriers prevented you from getting close enough to see, in many others the greenery was so high and thick, it also prevented being able to see.

And for many other exhibits the sign in the window or on the fence saying. 'Nobody Home.'

Yes, the July heat was a contributor, but still. In addition, the signage in the park was confusing as many of the trails to where the animals actually were, unmarked.

San Deigo was much better.

On the plus side, plenty of shade, bathrooms were convenient and the park was landscaped very well. The big cat exhibit was well laid out as well.

But I don't think we will be returning any time soon
Written July 7, 2021
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Brad M
Naples, FL743 contributions
Great way to spend a few hours.
Jun 2021
Fabulous way to spend a few hours for the young and old. We had a three generation visit and we all loved it. The timed entry was a nice way to make it feel less crowded.
Written July 1, 2021
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Jerri M
8 contributions
Visit the Zoo
Nov 2020 • Solo
The zoo was very well maintained and the animals were so beautiful. I love visiting zoos and this is one of my favorite in the USA.
Written June 20, 2021
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EFW2014
Woolwich, ME923 contributions
Great walking zoo
Jun 2021 • Family
We paid $30 online for the parking pass and the 4 tickets were free. It’s still opening from covid so a few of the indoor exhibits are still closed.

Be sure to scan the QR code at the gate to get your panda tickets. The pandas were awesome!!!

The zoo was clean. They do not allow the food stands to give out straws with drinks, so you may consider bringing your own.
Written June 19, 2021
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Chris S
Tillmans Corner, AL6 contributions
You get what you pay for
Jun 2021 • Family
I’m not sure where to start, as I want to believe that some of what I saw was covid related.

Let’s start with the drive out. I was dumb enough to ignore my gps and follow the posted signs around the zoo. Of course, the signs took me to a closed gate. It appears the flow of traffic was changed due to covid. (I’ll avoid my commentary on covid, but will say that the park has signage that says fully vaccinated adults do not need to be masked outdoors but required everyone to be masked indoors).

Once parked, we acclimated quickly to the layout of the zoo. It has beautiful grounds and a terrific layout. It could be an awe inspiring sight (much like most of DC). It falls flat after taking into account the potential.

Maybe the zookeepers are scared the animals will contract covid. Maybe they’re scared we’ll contract it from them. Either way, most exhibits sit empty.

My least favorite part of the zoo was the American “trail”. In defense of the zookeepers, it’s called a trail and has no promise of animals. The entire trail is sparsely populated or cared for. Sprinklers are misaligned, yard work neglected, and animals not present. It was very reminiscent of my own back yard.

I will give props where due. The zoo carries 5 different kinds of ice cream. Prices are not posted, so parents do not have a chance to do the math before they’re gouged by zoo vendors.

When ranking zoos I’ve been to, this is clearly behind New Orleans and Jacksonville but probably ahead of the Montgomery Zoo (barely). Is covid to blame or is this typical of the experience our government gives us everywhere else?
Written June 12, 2021
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Nick P
Staten Island, NY207 contributions
First time seeing a panda
Jun 2021 • Solo
Give yourself at least three hours here. There is plenty to see. It is a Smithsonian institution, so admission is free. But be generous, tips, concessions. There are both indoor and outdoor exhibits. Be sure to get your panda pass as soon as you walk in. The scanning mechanism is not too difficult. When I was here they were allowing 54 people every 15 minutes. The two pandas were indoors and sleeping on my visit but was still worth it. Tickets are released every hour on the half hour. Found myself learning a lot more here than at a typical Zoo.
Written June 12, 2021
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Michaela B
Skyline View, PA98 contributions
Still beautiful
Jun 2021 • Family
This Zoo is one of our favorite and it is still beautiful but many attraction were closed due to covid and many of the interactive activities where Brocken or shut down. Masking was requested but not enforced. Timed tickets were required and extra for the pandas
Written June 10, 2021
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