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National Zoological Park

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Address: 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20008
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+1 202-633-4888
08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

A park-like zoo containing 4,000 animals and 500 different species.

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My husband and i went and were ao happy with the place. The zoo is very well kept and very good signs to direct you to the places you wish to visit. My personal highlight was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Lamia M
Doha, Qatar
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Paris, France
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As an avid fan of zoos, and having visited dozens around the world, I can honestly say that this is the worst. The animals are few and far between, the zoo is horribly laid out, and the overall time spent here would be better spent at a nearby museum.

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London, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This zoo is laid out so all the exhibits are accessible from the main path. It is very family friendly and gets very busy from mid morning (10/11), particularly at the weekends. If you want to avoid the crowds go early and midweek if you can, we arrived at 8 when the park opens. This time our focus was on... More 

Thank Wilmapx
South Amboy, New Jersey
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I love the national zoo, it's free, it's big, it's beautiful, and there is a lot to see. I especially love the panda bears, they are stunning. The only thing missing is koalas and kangaroos

1 Thank Danalovestotravel79
Boston, Massachusetts
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677 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I am an aficionado of zoological gardens. Compared to the San Diego Zoo, the NY Bronx Zoo and the Chicago Brookfield Zoo, this park in our nation's capital is pretty mediocre, except for the great panda exhibit. It was a blast to see Ling-Ling and Bao-Bao. The park docents are well informed and helpful. Unfortunately, many orders of animals are... More 

Thank Orso52
Columbus, Ohio
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I am trying not be biased as I live in Columbus, and they have an amazing zoo...but this trip was so bad I didn't have to try hard! Yes, this zoo is free - but if you are paying $22 to park (we didn't, we found free street parking on a Sunday and walked 3 blocks) and only get to... More 

Thank LongsLoveToTravel80
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I took my daughter to Zoo today and was very disappointed. Workers did not seem like they wanted us there. Very little to see. After all the talk about the Panda's they were no where to be seen. There are a lot of smaller towns that gave better zoos.

Thank Lisa S
Doha, Qatar
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and i went and were ao happy with the place. The zoo is very well kept and very good signs to direct you to the places you wish to visit. My personal highlight was watching the amazing Komodo Dragon!!

1 Thank Lamia M
St. Petersburg, Florida
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I visited the National Zoo with my 30 yr. old son. We had an amazing time. The zoo is very pretty. Even though we went in January the area and trees were still beautiful. The zoo is on various hills so you walk along these amazing trails and see the wild life in their natural habitat. I was kind of... More 

2 Thank mcollazo288
Cumberland, Maine
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47 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went to the zoo with the intention of visiting the aviary. Sadly, it is closed until 2020, as I learned from an 8-1/2" by 11" sign (after I had committed to the parking). There was no mention of this closure on the zoo website. The clear expectation is that the visitor is there to see the giant pandas. To... More 

1 Thank Luvmyredmiata
Austin, Texas
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a cold, dreary, misty day at the National Zoo, but we still had a great time! Our first stop were the Pandas, who are located right near the main entrance. They were napping and adorable, housed in an excellent, expansive indoor exhibit. The solid glass walls made viewing easy no matter how many people were in front of... More 

2 Thank Susan M

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