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

    Everyday

    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.

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

Added 37565 times in trip plans

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

    Everyday

    10:00 am - 06:00 pm

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 little free zoo!!! Gets packed, but it's fine. I suggest taking the metro there. And getting there early. The zoo is FREE if you did not know so definitely come. Enjoy the pandas, which aren't at all zoos. There are also very friendly sea lions who I had an amazing one on one experience with. Decently sized too. LOVE THIS ZOO

  • We love bringing our kids here! The elephant keepers take great care of the elephants. It's sweet seeing how well they treat them (and show kids as well). They are good about answering kids' questions. This zoo is free ($20+ parking) and is a staple of our rotation of kids' activities. They love it!

  • Most of the exhibits were closed and the elephant show that was scheduled was misleading. We thought we would get to see elephants interacting with their trainers. We were wrong. What we got was a trainer talking about elephants while the elephants weren't even nearby. The food here was awful- and expensive. This place should not be representing America. But some exhibits such as the small mammal one were amazing. You really have to hunt for the good exhibits.

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  • Nice place to visit for families on a budget as it is free but parking at times is difficult though. Several of the exhibits were closed. Do not go expecting to see the best zoo in the country though. As I said, it is nice but I've been to zoos which were much better.

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