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  • Time Required: 02:30 Hrs
  • Timing: 10:00 am - 04:30 pm


    10:00 am - 06:00 pm
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    Address: 3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington D.C. 20008, United States Show on map
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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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  • This zoo has a great variety of animals and birds. I'm fact, the bird exhibit is absolutely fascinating. If I could change 1 thing about this zoo, it'd be the amount of open space between exhibits which results in a lot of extra walking. It wouldn't be so bad if they had additional resting areas with benches and or tables. On an extremely hot day and the amount of walking required to take in this enormous zoo, the benches would be appreciated by many, I'm sure. Exhibites have awesome enrichment toys, etc for the animals inside. Some enclosures are a bit small, but overall a great zoo!

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  • Admission to the zoo is free. If you plan on parking, there is a $22 flat fee for non-VIP members. There is convenient way of getting to the zoo by metro. You can take either the red or green line and it stops relatively close to the entrance. Overall, the zoo is huge. There is a diverse selection of animals on display. I spent four hours looking at the animals, but was only able to see half of them. The only concern is the price of food. It can get quite pricey for a small meal or a bottle of water.

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  • There were No signs for VIP parking. The Great Ape House was Depressing,The smell was overwhelming and very disturbing. The elephant conservation center smells better! The day rooms where the animals were kept are small and the glass was filthy. The outdoor exhibit was very unnatural and small as well . No natural tress vines or any natural enrichment for the primates. ALL the indoor exhibits were HOT and uncomfortable I'm sure it's not comfortable to the animals and certainly is not comfortable to your guest. I have recently visited the Philadelphia Zoo primate house with big open bright day rooms. Big grassy outdoor exhibit with natural enrichment and it doesn't smell like 10 dead rhinos inside. You guys should really consider a change for your primates. It's not fair!

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  • 32 reviews We went on 6/12/2017. I like what they've done to the zoo since I was there last in 2002. It has downsized to give more room for the animals, which I think is awesome. Sadly, when we were there, the tiger/lions were put up due to construction. We took our daughter to DC for her graduation present, and this was the exhibit she wanted to see most. Overall, it was a nice, hot day :) The staff was friendly and helpful, and the bathrooms were clean. The park is still as gorgeous as it was 15 years ago, and the cute little petting farm was adorable! I'd love to bring my grandchildren to this zoo in the future.

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  • Out of the many zoos I have visited, this one was very impressive. It provided a comfortable atmosphere and made you feel welcomed right away. The animals (Unlike other zoos) were incredibly agile and healthy looking. For example, the elephant showed healthy behavior, such as its ears flapping, and tail or trunk swinging (constant motion), and its Skin, which looked soft and resilient. The staff constantly asked us about our visit, making sure we were satisfied. One con, is that many of the exhibits were under construction, or there was just no animals in view. I would like to visit again!

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