Smithsonian National Zoological Park

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The National Zoological Park got established in the year 1889. It is a part of Smithsonian Institution and visiting the same with family and friends, you can check out a lot of exotic and endangered species of animals. You will be charmed to see the way the whole of this zoological park is suitably designed with elements like trees, plants, shrubs, bamboo trees, and grass beds. Some of the animals that this zoo keeps are Andean bear, Asian elephant, Allen's swamp monkey, Bobcat, Burmese rock python, Cheetah, Cheetah, Giant panda, Geoffroy's marmoset, Lion and much more. The collections of birds, mammals and marine animals of the National Zoological Park are noteworthy as well.

How to Reach Smithsonian National Zoological Park

  • Buses L1, L2 to stop - Connecticut Ave & Zoo Park Entrance

  • Smithsonian National Zoological Park Address: 3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA, United States
  • Smithsonian National Zoological Park Timing: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm
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Smithsonian 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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