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National Zoological Park: Tours & Tickets

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Open Now: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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A park-like zoo containing 4,000 animals and 500 different species.
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Hours Today: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20008-2537
+1 202-633-4888
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Parking was $25. I was surprised. But the grounds and everything there was so clean and well taken care of. It had been a rainy cloudy morning. We went anyway thinking Why not enjoy the zoo. The shops and surroundings were more than expected. We...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank frankie b
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was our first visit to the National Zoo and we were very pleased with our experience. First, we used the DC Metro for our transportation. It was much less expensive to take the Metro than to park our vehicle on site for $25. We...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Blazerfun
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed a cool, sunny day at the zoo. The grounds are well maintained. Many of the animals were hiding from the tourists but we were fortunate enough to see a panda, cheetahs, a wolf, seals, and lions. One of the lions gave us a...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank ElaineG570
Reviewed 5 days ago

The zoo always provides a great venue for families, or adults who want to appreciate the world's varied creatures. We enjoyed the elephants, lions, reptiles, and other magnificent animals. The buildings on the grounds are as historic and impressive as the animals. The reptile house...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank oglethorp
Reviewed 1 week ago

My son and I made a return trip here. We did not drive to it, we took their Metro System. (Probably far more parking spaces and you do not need to deal with city traffic.) The zoo was very clean, the staff was very helpful,...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank tomtravels1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were at a wedding In September and had some free time on Saturday so a group of us decided to visit the National Zoo in Washington. (NO - not the one at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave!!) We've been to quite a few zoo's but this...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Spank0905
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There were some nice animals there; for example, the lion and the gorilla. There were too many empty stations though. For the most part, the animals were well displayed with multiple viewing angles. The layout can be confusing at times and I felt like I...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank tshep42
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not going to go into too much detail as others have covered the zoo pretty well with their reviews. We parked in one of the lots, literally the last one at the very bottom so we worked our way through the zoo that way. First...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank mrlaidbakk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The National Zoological park has quite a variety of animals to see ranging from birds to elephants. Parking ($$) is on site though one of 5 lots that I have noted and access to the zoo grounds is reasonably close to each lot. Admission to...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank bjudo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wandered in with a curious 6 year old and delighted he could see most of the exhibits, find plenty to keep the whole party interested and happy. Delighted with the circulation about the area on a Saturday afternoon. I wish there were more benches, but...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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July 30, 2019|
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Response from AERDC | Reviewed this property |
There is a new free zoo shuttle bus from Woodley Park Station — so definitely use that metro station. Shuttle will stop in front of zoo and inside it. You can return to metro from either stop (shuttle will operate through... More
May 29, 2019|
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Response from skey1952 | Reviewed this property |
It's free- but getting there or parking costs $
May 19, 2019|
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Response from loren h | Reviewed this property |
To beat the heat, arrive early, and pay the $25 to park within a hundred yards of the enterance. Drive in on the North road, at 815am, we were the third car in the lot.