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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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“panda exhibit” (169 reviews)
“free zoo” (167 reviews)
“nice zoo” (143 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20008-2537
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+1 202-633-4888
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I visited this zoo a month ago today. I came on the Metro, and walked the route. I covered the whole park in just a few hours, and got to see lots of species from every corner of the globe. I also had a good...More

Thank theresecallahan2002
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went on a sunny day with temperatures in the upper 60’s. With that said, over half of the animals we not on display. We did a lot of walking to exhibits only to be disappointed when there was no animal to view. Had we...More

1  Thank Arkyfromcali
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My first tip is parking is challenging and limited. We parked in a garage near the White House and took Uber to the zoo and our other destinations. We spent about 45 minutes looking for parking at the zoo. It’s very limited. The zoo is...More

1  Thank gcbuilds
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What a wonderful way to spend the day. We were thinking we might be here for two hours max but 5 hours later we're still here and we've still got a few more animals to see. The zoo has an orangutan crossing called the o-line...More

Thank MaddogLee
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Nice zoo, kids liked it. The Amazon room was interesting. We didn't see the pandas unfortunately. Very clean. It's free but map is $5 and goes towards animal protection. Kids loved it.

Thank melissa m
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited on a gorgeous spring day. Not many animals on the Asia Trail were out because of the temperature that was cooler than their habitat. Lots of others were out including one of the pandas. The grounds are beautifully landscaped. Food and drinks are...More

Thank KRadmadtown
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Reviewed 4 days ago

What can I Say?? Huge free admission zoo thats kept clean with nice exhibits that many kids will enjoy. We love the panda! Can easily spend like 3hrs or + here if you are taking your time to see everything. Get here early! We were...More

1  Thank gipsy828
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We had heard mixed reviews of the Zoo but we really enjoyed it. The location is amazing tucked into the city. I expected it to be like a lot of other zoos we've visited, but the use of the space they have is great and...More

Thank TnBB
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

If you want to minimize uphill walking, start at lot A (Uber riders, request lot A). Then you’re walking downhill the whole time. The problem is, if you’re metroing home via Woodley Park, the metro is at the top of the hill. Starting at lot...More

2  Thank Ktylerg
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Glad it was free. Nothing out of the ordinary. We walked all the way down to go see the tigers. Not a single tiger or lion was out. All the doors for them to come outside were closed. Big disappointment as tigers are my favorite...More

1  Thank BarbaraWit
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Vicki W
24 December 2017|
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Response from Nyrken | Reviewed this property |
The Metro has a stop near the Zoo or Lyft was good for us
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D202
14 December 2017|
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Response from H S G | Reviewed this property |
As I am not a Washingtonian, I do not know anything about parking during Christmas Day or the holiday. Parking was somewhat limited by the large crowd on the day we went in November. Why not call them to inquire?
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24gregoryd
28 August 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.
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