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Reviewed yesterday 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, elephants, bison and several others, though. A great free event for all!

Thank StigJim
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Reviewed 2 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.

Thank Phillytraveler218
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Reviewed 2 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 fit it in your plans in that you can choose how long you want to spend there without feeling like you need to 'get your money's worth.' It's right on the Metro line too, so it's easy to get to. Our hotel happened to be really close so we just walked. It does get a little busy later in the day, so I recommended going early to beat the crowds (and heat if it's spring/summer).

Thank Lindsay M
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Reviewed 4 days 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
Good gift shop & places to eat
Can be reached on big bus tour

Thank jacqui3744
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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 help a person retain a greater understanding of who they are seeing. They let the oragutans cross overhead at certain times so try and be around for that.

Thank theresaeck
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Reviewed 1 week 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. Otherwise, your standard amusement park deals. Overpriced food, some long lines, lots of walking. Remember to grab a map or risk getting turned around or worse, missing whole wings.

Thank Erik D. F
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Reviewed 1 week 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.

Thank Navigator67641369824
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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 day, I couldn’t imagine it in the summer. A lot of the areas looked abandoned

1  Thank Greg P
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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 watch. I found myself just wanting to stay at the Panda exhibit, but the keepers called them in for feeding time, so onto other things. The Orangutan exhibits are also really cool and the newest baby was adorable.
The not so good - It is a LOT of walking to get from exhibit to exhibit. It seems llke there should be so much more to see given the amount of land the zoo is on. A lot of that walking can be uphill, so be prepared to get your workout in. And if you add the walk to and from the Metro, well it is a bit much for a single day. The indoor exhibits seemed a little outdated, and not equipped to handle the modern day crowds. There is not enough room, for viewing and keeping walkways accessible. There were exhibits closed for renovations, but if the Smithsonian is modernizing then I can’t talk badly of the improvements that are needed. That is just bad timing for my visit. Overall, I did enjoy my visit, but e petted more to see for the amount of walking I did, and that is required to get from one attraction to the next.

1  Thank RSBA65
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very nice zoo for both children and adults. Though it does measure up to the size and scope of some others, being that it is free, if you like animals it is worth a visit. Go early so that you don't miss out on the inside exhibits which close a bit earlier than the zoo itself. 2-3 hours to see everything.

Thank Claudia E
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