National Zoological Park

4.63911 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
  • Address: 3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington D.C. 20008, United States, Washington D. C.
  • Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1- 2026334888
  • Time Required: 02:30 Hrs
  • Tags: Zoo, Family And Kids
Tickets From $44.41

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.

National Zoological Park Travel Tips

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

National Zoological Park 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 Reach National Zoological Park

  • Connecticut Ave NW

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  • National Zoological Park Address: 3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington D.C. 20008, United States, Washington D. C.
  • National Zoological Park Contact Number: +1- 2026334888
  • National Zoological Park Timing: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Time required to visit National Zoological Park: 02:30 Hrs
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  • 33.67% of people who visit Washington D. C. include National Zoological Park in their plan

  • 42.59% of people start their National Zoological Park visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs 30 Minutes to see National Zoological Park

Monday, Friday and Sunday

90.45% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting National Zoological Park

People normally club together Washington National Cathedral and John F. Kennedy Center while planning their visit to National Zoological Park.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

National Zoological Park Reviews & Ratings

  • Amazing to have such a great park tucked into the city with free admission. Very hilly so plan like it's a "hike" if you're going for the whole day. The best thing about a free park, however, is that you don't have to try to do it all in one day, especially if you're here for a week or so (or you're a resident). There are better, more expansive zoos, but you can't beat the price. It's a rather long uphill walk from the metro, so factor that in. Parking is convenient to the zoo but pricey ($25). Finding street parking is possible but not a guarantee. Everyone loves to see the pandas, but our family favorites are the otters and the prairie dogs; if you can catch the orangutans climbing on the "O-line", huge bonus. NOTE: if you're traveling with somebody with limited mobility, they do have manual wheelchairs (free) and electric wheelchairs that you can rent ($30). both have to be returned by 4:00 p.m., even though the park usually stays open later. You might want to arrive early in the day to make sure that the manual wheelchairs aren't all taken. Definitely plan to be pushing the wheelchair up steep hills. There is also a free shuttle that runs regularly between one end of the zoo and the other, so a good plan would be to start a Connecticut avenue, work your way downhill through the zoo, and take the shuttle back up.

  • Of all the Smithsonian stuff to do for free, their collection and ability to cater to all ages is wonderful. Our little one was less interested in all the animals but we had a great time. Huge huge huge park but all very nicely organized with plenty of rest stops. Take your own food or buy something there. A full day is not enough. Love this place and a must visit!

  • Really beautiful place with some spectacular animal habitats. We only did a small portion, but we were treated to some great close ups. I really like how you can bring your own food and picnic. I definitely plan on visiting again. The gift shop was a bit underwhelming in variety.

  • Very nice. Shaded with great views to the animals. Both indoor and outdoor viewing for some animals. Definitely worth city traffic to visit. For those who have accessibility needs consider a wheel chair or motorized wheelchair. The park has many hills, some slightly steep. It does have many resting places as well, which is great.

  • The Zoo is only a metro ride from the city centre and well worth a visit as it is a free zoo with plenty to see and do. They have educational events on most days. Lots of different animals to see and there are plenty of places to eat. The zoo itself is like walking around a park with enclosures around it. A very unique style of zoo. Plenty to keep the kids and adults interested for at least half a day

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