• Phone: +1- 2026334888
  • Time Required: 02:30 Hrs
  • Timing: 10:00 am - 04:30 pm


    10:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Zoo, Family And Kids

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    Address: 3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington D.C. 20008, United States Show on map

About National Zoological Park, Washington D. C.

This massive zoo is a great attraction to visit in Washington D.C. Kids are sure to love it and adults are sure to learn a lot more here. Spanning over more than a hundred and sixty acres, the zoo is home to a wide variety of animals from around the world.

Arranged neatly into themed enclosures, the zoo houses big cats, birds, invertebrates, reptiles as well as other animals. They have been kept in the best habitat possible for a zoo and you can observe their behaviour very well.

The must see exhibits include the Asian Elephants as well as the Panda’s. In fact, the giant pandas might be the most visited exhibit at this place. Be sure to plan a whole day around this one, especially if you are going with older kids.

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National Zoological Park Information

  • Please wear comfortable shoes to the zoo as there will be a lot of walking involved.

National Zoological Park Opening and Closing Hours

  • You can visit the grounds from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm every day. The timings given are for the exhibit building.
  • During summers the zoo is open till 6:00 pm.

How To Get To National Zoological Park by Public Transport

  • Connecticut Ave NW

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  • The zoo is free and parking is $22. From all of the zoos I have been to, I think it is definitely worth a visit. We arrived around 10am and a few of the parking lots were already full. Please note that several exhibits are under construction, so if there is a certain type of animal you'd really love to see, I would give them a call first. Despite the construction, we saw many animals and enjoyed all of the exhibits. Most of the indoor exhibits require you to leave your stroller at the door. Please be prepared to walk uphill and downhill, so make sure to wear your comfy walking shoes. There are many food options on the trails and places to sit and relax. There are volunteers present throughout the zoo that give out facts. Before you visit, I would advise my fellow traveler to download the map from their website to help guide you. They do sell maps for $5 (cash) around the exhibits if you'd rather have something tangible. We spent three hours during this visit with a toddler and we had a blast.

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  • Great zoo! Awesome experience. Free admission. Their huge collection of animals is amazing. They have great facilities and well managed. Food prices there are obviously inflated but its to be expected. Highly recommend for families and animal lovers. Parking can be a pain so get there early or take the train. There is a stop about 5-10 minutes (walking) away.

  • I love this place I think it is a very good zoo and it's free!!!! The children I look after love it too. It's not to far away from 2 metro stations on the red line making it very accessible without a car. There are lots of things to see and do. There is lots of places to have your packed lunch too.

  • Not many major zoos in the U.S. offer free admission (or pandas)! Parking is $22 but the zoo is easily accessible by Metro or bus. Great exhibits that have grown & improved over the years, especially the elephant house. Awesome events like ZooLights during the holidays. Yes, it can get crowded during peak tourist seasons so come prepared. Bring a picnic or snacks if you don't want to pay inflated prices for food.

  • I had a great time. Weather was perfect, animals galore. I even saw a deer who wandered in from Rock Creek Park. The staff and volunteers were especially friendly, making me feel very welcomed. A great way to spend a beautiful day.

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