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Washington DC

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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A park-like zoo containing 4,000 animals and 500 different species.
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration:More than 3 hours
3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20008-2537
+1 202-633-4888
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I went the day after I ran the marine corps marathon. Started from the top entrance & walked my way down hill. Saw Bei Bei just before he left for China (he slept the whole time so I just saw a paw). Zoo is nicely laid out so it never feels crowded. Great for kids & adults.
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Free zoo. You can ride the subway to get there. Easy to find parking locally. Really nice habitats and great variety of animals. The lions were roaring!! It was amazing. Great for elephants too!!
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Plan on arriving early as the crowds pick up during the day and with young children, it can be difficult to see the animals through the crowds. The zoo is set up as a learning experience for all ages, and feeding times (despite the crowds) are interesting to watch. Stay away
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We stopped in at the National Zoological Park during one of our whirlwind road trips. We arrived early so there were no large crowds. Admission to the zoo is free, but I believe you are able to donate if you would like. You have to pay for parking, but that's not a big deal as
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This is another Smithsonian institution and so has free access. Winter sees some of the warm climate animals being taken off display, but still very impressive display conditions and impressive selection of animals. Some of the information stations were a bit tired, with some
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