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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 3 days ago
Lamia M
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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 3 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 3 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 

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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 3 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 

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4 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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.

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Doha, Qatar
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23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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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51 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great zoo and you only need to pay for ice cream. They of course have pandas. But don't miss the Prairie Dogs!

1 Thank DCScott48
Dallas Tx
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119 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was turning out to be a beautiful day in DC, so I thought the zoo would be a good place to hang out for the day! Decided to drive into town. It was faster than the metro at an hour drive. Also need to mention the $22 parking. I wasn't sure if it was worth it, but it was!... More 

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