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National Zoological Park

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Open Now: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Excellent52%
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  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“panda exhibit”(176 reviews)
“free zoo”(172 reviews)
“nice zoo”(151 reviews)
A park-like zoo containing 4,000 animals and 500 different species.
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20008-2537
+1 202-633-4888
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Reviewed 2 days ago

we had the worst uber ride to get to the zoo but al least we were dropped off near the panda exhibit. The panda put on qite a show for 45 minutes eating, climbing, bathing and rolling down a hill. That in itself was worth...More

Thank jfd
Reviewed 2 days ago

I believe this is rated as one of the Top Ten Zoos in the US. And, it's FREE. But you do have to pay $25 to park. It was cool the day we were there so a lot of the animals were fast asleep. Many...More

Thank onthemohawk
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What a wonderful zoo! All of the animals were very accessible. The habitats were superb. The animals appeared very content. We came around 8:00 and left around 4:00. Perfect for one day. Some animals that were exceptional for us included the pandas, elephants and apes.

Thank memberat
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Close more buildings than advertised at 2pm for zoo boo setup. Also no mention of early closing in the Smithsonian app or on phone message. Parking lot sign was incorrect, more areas closed than even that showed. Asked security about discrepancy and they were zero...More

Thank NYDiamondDaddy
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

They were setting u for Boo at the Zoo as we walked around. We were there about 3.5 hours and enjoyed the indoor and outdoor exhibits until my husband discovered he lost his cell phone. Unfortunately it wasn’t able to be found - a few...More

Thank vhale1955
Reviewed 5 days ago

This was the first time I ever saw pandas in real life and I will forever remember this zoo for giving me that experience. The zoo is fairly large and clean with a lot to see. They have most things that you would normally see...More

Thank SabrinaR1317
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We all had a wonderful time spending the day at the zoo , lot of things to do and see everybody was so nice and helpful, thanks

Thank hokie728
Reviewed 6 days ago

Thee ZOO is in a great location, very easy to access by Metro. Kids loved it, especially Panda bears.

Thank Zoran T
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is free so it is a great value but I wasn't super impressed. The ape area was so stinky I had to leave. Busy on a Friday with school trips. There was a worker that was walking around and gave great information to us...More

Thank Sarah L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm a huge fan of zoos and seeing the unique assortment of animals and this is my first time visiting the National Zoo. I left disappointed after a 4 hour visit. Half of the american trail was closed, most shops were closed by 2pm and...More

Thank Eric J
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Kara G
22 October 2018|
Response from laser20814 | Reviewed this property |
It is primarily a Holiday Lights event. That said there are a several buildings that are usually open during the event that will have animals available for viewing such as the Think Tank and Small Mammal House. There are... More
Jill C
24 July 2018|
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Response from tomtravels1 | Reviewed this property |
I am not familiar with the shuttle. However, we use the 'Metro'. I checked on the DC Metro's website Mon. - Thurs 5AM - 11:30PM Friday 5AM - 1AM (Sat.) Sat. 7AM - 1AM (Sun) Sunday 8AM - 11PM Please keep in mind, it... More
aya a
18 July 2018|
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Response from samanthajfindlay | Reviewed this property |
There is no touching any of the animals especially the pandas...they are very well cared and protected for. But you should make seeing them a priority, go into the building attached to their enclosure because you may get to... More