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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.

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

Phone: +1- 2026334888

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Time Required: 02:30 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 04:30 pm Details

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  • The National Zoo hosts an impressively diverse collection of animals in exciting, dynamic, and relatively natural habitats. Includes a reptile house, primate house, animals from Asia, marine mammals, big cats, a kid's zoo, a greenhouse with free-range animals, and an insect house. There are several food options throughout the park as well as multiple gift shops. However, most of the trails are on an incline that can be challenging to those with mobility issues, and it is NOT an easy walk from the metro - it's fairly far and uphill. However, free admission, a wide varied selection of animals, and friendly park staff make it well worth the walk! Definitely would recommend a visit!

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  • Nice and well kept zoo! It's nice that's it's free but parking is pretty pricey at $22/car. Ideally you can metro in and save some cost. We started at the bottom of the hill because the first 3 parking lots were filled. Be prepared to walk A LOT! There are a lot of pretty neat animals that you don't see in a lot of zoos but everything is pretty spread out so you will be walking and then turning in to see animals. We were there for about 2 hours and that was all the kids ages 2-16 could handle. Didn't eat any food there but it was definitely a focus of the zoo, gotta make their money somehow since it's free I guess. The Orangutans were fun and everyone loved the pandas. My favorite was the prairie dogs ;o) Wish they had an app with the map since it was difficult to see where everything was exactly from their signs.

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  • Entrance to the zoo is free!!! There weren't a lot of animals on display though. It was a hot day out and the kids of all ages enjoyed walking through the sprinkler mist. Parking is $22 if there's no parking available on the street. There was a good variety of concession options and the prices weren't too bad. Would have given 5 stars if the animals posted and advertised were available.

  • Large public zoo with many different types of exhibits. Home to the Pandas in DC. Beyond that, there is a renovated area for the elephants. Other areas include great ape exhibits, small mammals and lizards. You can easily spend a couple of hours here if you slowly take it all in. Just be wary of the fact that from the main entrance, the walk goes steadily downhill. When you turn around and start heading back, you're going uphill, possibly in sweltering temperatures. Be mindful of that, keep hydrated and take occasional breaks in the indoor exhibits in the summer.

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  • Had a pleasant trip to the zoo. We were impressed with the selection of exhibits. The grounds are also fantastic with native plantings thoughtfully landscaped about. Eat before you go so you don't end up hungry as you'll be walking around a lot. There are food stands throughout, but is appropriately expensive and not exactly fine dining. They do though have a decent selection of beer among the several stands selling drafts.

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