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National Zoological Park

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Open today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good29%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“panda exhibit”(175 reviews)
“free zoo”(169 reviews)
“nice zoo”(153 reviews)
A park-like zoo containing 4,000 animals and 500 different species.
Closes in 29 min
Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
As featured in Free in Washington, DC
3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20008-2537
+1 202-633-4888
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Reviewed yesterday

Let me start by saying I am a DC native and I used to love visiting this zoo many years ago. After moving back to the area, I couldn't wait to take my children. We were sorely disappointed - many of the exhibits were empty...More

Thank Don W
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were visiting from Canada for a lacrosse tournament and visited with our team. Enjoyed the animals, especially the pandas and the elephants. I would suggest to anyone coming for the day to pack a lunch if possible. Coming from so far away we were...More

Thank Angela J
Reviewed yesterday

In town for a weekend we were staying in Adams Morgan and walked to the zoo which was a good decision as it appeared that parking, on a Sunday afternoon was pretty full. Our mistake was not studying an online map in advance so that...More

Thank Chuck S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a beautiful zoo to walk around. Loved the giant Pandas the most! Parking was $25 but zoo admission is free. We had a quick visit and just saw the animals we cared to see and spent 2 hours on a Sunday afternoon.

Thank Jenee O
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The 5 star rating reflects that the zoo is free, otherwise it would have been a 4. The zoo is huge! It took us over 3 hours to see everything and we didn’t even stop to look at everything. It was so hot, many of...More

Thank Alisonoshkosh
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

He visited on July 4th and took the metro to get there. Many animals weren’t out, but we saw most of what we wanted to. Prepare to walk a great deal, but there was shade and misting stations! We really enjoyed our visit!

Thank ahumphries
Reviewed 5 days ago

My son and I were there yesterday (12 Jul 18). We used their Metro System instead of trying to find it driving and then hoping to get a parking space that I understand is very expensive. The animals appear to be very well taken care...More

Thank tomtravels1
Reviewed 6 days ago

The National Zoo is amazing in the middle of Washington DC. It is not easy to get to the Zoo if you are not used to driving in Washington DC, but it is well worth the effort!. Parking is available on the ground of the...More

Thank Jim J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good Zoo to visit, I wouldn’t compare it to other zoos in terms of amount of “animals”. However that’s not the goal there and it’s obvious. Their goal is more animal preservation, compared to the size of the exhibits and research they do and it’s...More

Thank Don C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not all the animals were outside to view but it was a hot day and who can blame them for wanting to stay indoors where it was cooler, there was still Pleanty to see including the pandas, oranatans, reptiles and other primates in their indoor...More

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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
28 June 2018|
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Response from Vernon D | Reviewed this property |
If you get there early enough and you are able to choose, use parking lot B or A. Using the Connecticut Avenue entrance takes you there the quickest.
Brett C
25 May 2018|
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Response from JBClark | Reviewed this property |
There are tons of places up Connecticut Ave, about 4 blocks. They are easily walkable for the average person. On the same block there is a Cajun Place, Lebanese, Sushi, Indian, Burgers, Pizza, whatever you like.