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National Zoological Park

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3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20008-2537
+1 202-633-4888
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A park-like zoo containing 4,000 animals and 500 different species.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good29%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“great zoo” (254 reviews)
“panda exhibit” (169 reviews)
“free zoo” (155 reviews)
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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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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The fact that this zoo is free almost makes me ok with paying taxes (almost) I don't have any children but I couldn't help but feel like a kid. You will see Lions, reptiles, otters, elephants, tigers, apes of all sizes and everything else you...More

Thank Ivan M
Reviewed 2 days ago

...well, except for parking. We went for "Enrichment Day" and watched animal feeding. Maybe not for everyone, but goldfish for the river otters was entertaining and amazing to watch their aquabatics. Check the daily events...there's a lot of special events going on.

Thank Ted N
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We stopped here on the way out of DC. Lots of walking so bring a stroller for the little ones. We rented one for $9. There is a parking fee of $22 but come on the zoo is free. Loved how you just walked right...More

Thank jvillegurl09
Reviewed 5 days ago

I went with the lovely and talented Jacqui to visit the National Zoo in Washington DC while on a recent trip to the Nation's Capital. The Zoo is conveniently located between two easily accessible Metro Stations, both Metro Stops are a short walk to the...More

Thank TomTheCork
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Uber to zoo as there was a parking fee. Free admission. Big zoo and lots of walking. Wear walking shoes. Lots of animals and big exhibits for them but few animals were out even though it was a cool cloudy day. Had a shuttle to...More

Thank Samantha J
Reviewed 5 days ago

Take the Metro! The Pandas are on the right just inside the entrance. The males come out into the open when staff feed bamboo. Got to watch one eat his snack. They have Asian Elephants, apes, river otters, seals, reptiles and several rare species as...More

Thank Jo H
Reviewed 5 days ago

22$to park although it's free to enter the day we visited the big cats & large apes &monkeys was closed off for VIPs very disappointing didn't see many animals that day they all seemed to be inside ,very hilly and not enough drink kiosks open...More

Thank Mrst53
Reviewed 6 days ago

I was really looking forward to the visit and enjoyed the walk around the zoo but did not see many animals. No pandas, no elephants. I saw two otters swimming, two condors and a wolf. Bummer!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Plan to start at the top, and work your way down, especially if you have a kid in a stroller. Then you can get the shuttle back up. Don't forget the small mammal and bird sections, and save time for Amazonia. Pandas are always popular...More

Thank degd127
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have a top 10 in the nation zoo nearby and while the National Zoo has Panda, Gorillas, and Orangutans, the other exhibits aren't very good.

Thank Jamey G
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August 27, 2017|
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Response from arwilliams1117 | Reviewed this property |
I've been there many, many times and visited all their buildings but never seen any.
Sharon G
June 28, 2017|
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Response from Brianna G | Reviewed this property |
It appears to be ADA compliant. There is paved paths everywhere, as others noted, there are some hills. I would recommend entering in the main entrance, see the panda area, then head to the green path, which slopes downward... More
Sharon G
June 28, 2017|
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Response from KikiW21 | Reviewed this property |
I did see some people in wheel chairs. Building doors seemed wide. There were limited stairs but, if there were, there were elevators. I would say it is accessible.