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Smithsonian National Zoological Park

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  • Adam
    Adam2 weeks ago
    Top tip: start at the main northwestern entrance and walk down hill all the way.
  • Amy C.
    Amy CummingsSeptember 10
    Perfect (free) thing to do on a nice day!
  • Rick R.
    Rick RoudebushSeptember 10
    Another nice day in the District
  • Allicat22 W.
    Allicat22 WAugust 25
    Parking is $22 per car and a decent walk, often no parking. If you can get here another way for less than that, might be worth it. Very nice zoo!
  • Serhii L.
    Serhii LutskoAugust 19
    The best thing in this zoo - it was free. Otherwise I wouldn't go there especially after visiting
  • Richard R.
    Zoo is free parking is not. Street parking can be found. Great to spend the afternoon with the kids but rather hilly.
  • Honey R.
    Honey RushJuly 11
    Everything thing is amazing. The animals look happy
  • Valerie N.
    Beautiful zoo! Love the pandas
  • Tiffany J.
    Family fun!!!
  • Maggie M.
    Totally free and great place to see the pandas.
  • Daisy
    DaisyApril 27
    Must see place in DC, with or w/out kids
  • Briana B.
    Briana BaileyFebruary 26
    I couldn't believe he zoo was free! We were amazed and delighted. Loved the sea lion tank and seeing them from the underwater glass view. Lions, elephants, apes, zebras, beavers, birds, reptiles etc.!
  • Hannah L.
    Hannah LuddyJanuary 11
    Compared to other zoos, the lights at Christmas were nothing special. I'd love to come back later to actually see the animals.
  • Amanda W.
    Amanda WisecarverDecember 22, 2016
    Was a very enjoyable time❤
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonDecember 12, 2016
    Discover why the National Zoo is even more fun during holiday season with Zoolights. The annual event is free of charge and includes live music, winter treats, and more than 500,000 festive lights.
  • Amanda C.
    Amanda CarvalhoNovember 29, 2016
    Beautiful lights!!
  • Aerial P.
    Aerial PayneNovember 14, 2016
    Spent half a day here and didn't even get through the entire place! They have a red panda and it's adorable.
  • Gavin S.
    Gavin SchmidtOctober 28, 2016
    Now serving Sam Adams beer!
  • Katy
    KatyOctober 10, 2016
    Check out the pandas!
  • Wafa A.
    Wafa AlzahraniSeptember 25, 2016
    Panda🐼😍😍😍
  • Jon D.
    Jon DaviesSeptember 16, 2016
    Place is pretty rundown. Go in the "houses" for the best experience
  • Eliza W.
    Eliza WeeksSeptember 6, 2016
    Beautiful day! Not as crowded as I had expected. Bathrooms were clean and the animals all fairly active which was good. The Zoo map though is much to be desired. Great day with the kids overall!
  • Shashena S.
    Shashena SolomonAugust 24, 2016
    Great trails, very clean.
  • Jenna F.
    Jenna FischliJune 9, 2016
    There are seals that you can see from 2 viewing windows under water and above water. The seals do flips in the water and are awe maze ing.
  • Erin R.
    Erin RathMay 26, 2016
    Love love love this zoo! Plan for lots of walking, and on some steep hills, particularly if you take the metro -- the most sensible way to go, since parking is 20+.
  • SueAnn
    SueAnnMay 5, 2016
    Lions and Bengal tigers!
  • James P.
    James PantherApril 17, 2016
    It seems that you get what you pay for here. It may be free entry but I'd prefer to pay and see the animals treated to better conditions. Many enclosures are empty!
  • John B.
    John BakerApril 14, 2016
    The monkey line is the best!
  • John A.
    John AmschlerApril 9, 2016
    The Pandas!
  • Tom M.
    Tom MilsonApril 5, 2016
    Incredible zoo, such an inspirational and remarkable place. We're so lucky to have the Smithsonian institute to preserve and protect some of our most endangered species.
  • william v.
    william verondaApril 2, 2016
    The flamingo exhibit is often overlooked, but these beautiful bird are worth the detour.
  • william v.
    william verondaApril 2, 2016
    Woodley Park is the official Metro stop, but Cleveland Park, the next outbound station, is an easier downhill walk. Also, many restaurants in station area.
  • Russ C.
    Russ CMarch 28, 2016
    Worlds largest collection of hot, sweaty people that don't use deodorant
  • Black Family Reunions
    Black Family ReunionsMarch 27, 2016
    This zoo makes for a great afternoon with its unusual selection of animals. The zoo was constructed in a very hilly park, so prepare for a challenging walk through it. Great fun for kids!
  • Anandkarthick k.
    Anandkarthick kMarch 27, 2016
    Pandas are awesome. Download the Smithsonian zoo app in advance. Paper map costs 5$ inside.
  • Lizzie H.
    Lizzie HatfieldMarch 25, 2016
    Check out the world famous pandas, Asian elephants, Andean bears, and sea lions! All for free! Avoid during school holidays and weekends if you can.
  • Zeynep O.
    Zeynep O.March 15, 2016
    Best ever zoo I've seen so far.
  • Mary Jo K.
    Mary Jo KestnerMarch 4, 2016
    Great day trip for all ages, free admission
  • Mary W.
    Mary W.January 29, 2016
    Free admission, but $22 for parking. Go in the winter - no crowds! Big ape house is smelly though.
  • kassie r.
    kassie rodreeeegezzzzzzJanuary 14, 2016
    Find the Dippin Dots booth that sells beer!
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel Copeland-BlochJanuary 6, 2016
    The National Zoo is an amazing experience. It's even more amazing that it's free to enter. The animals appear to be healthy and the zoo keepers/biologists do a phenomenal job at educating the public.
  • Sergio B.
    Sergio BetancourtJanuary 2, 2016
    Great place to go with the family, get ready to walk but it's worth it!
  • Tranita E.
    Tranita ExcellentJanuary 1, 2016
    There are only 3 restrooms throughout the entire park. Go go go.
  • Runnin' Donna
    Runnin' DonnaDecember 30, 2015
    Pandas!!! Zoo lights are cool but will be crowded!
  • Aditya A.
    Aditya AmbadkarDecember 24, 2015
    Lot of traffic congestion, i would take a taxi
  • Jennifer A.
    Jennifer AnthonyDecember 23, 2015
    Even though zoo entrance is free, parking is $22
  • Emma M.
    Emma McTagueDecember 22, 2015
    There's a great, permanently uncrowded exhibit where you can walk around freely with exotic birds like peacocks and Ravens!
  • Byron W.
    Byron WilkesDecember 18, 2015
    What a wonderful zoo. Also it's totally free!! Buffalo were good to see. Favorite is the reptiles.
  • Davide
    DavideDecember 7, 2015
    This zoo has 2 pandas!!! I've never seen one before, great experience!
  • Bia S.
    Bia SparkDecember 3, 2015
    Great shops, nice animals with a lot of space for them
  • Anna F.
    Anna FaderNovember 28, 2015
    Pretty cool to see orangutan swell right above you.
  • Ben H.
    Ben HundleyNovember 18, 2015
    The Andean Bears have cubs!
  • Markus T.
    Markus TarjamoNovember 13, 2015
    One of the best zoos in the US. Free admission, very photogenic, and a lot to see! A fun activity on any day
  • Peter d.
    Peter den HartogNovember 10, 2015
    Great (free) zoo, amazing animals and a good play for a run.
  • Luis G.
    Luis GoncaloOctober 30, 2015
    Start from the top side where the metro goes to and work your way down. Down at the hill you can catch a bus to Columbia heights
  • Jacob P.
    Jacob PyleOctober 21, 2015
    Pandas!!!!
  • Michelle P.
    Michelle PeglerOctober 18, 2015
    Someone else said it had free parking, but it doesn't! Parking is $22 for the day, but admission to the zoo is free.
  • Pam D.
    Pam DavisOctober 12, 2015
    The zoo is beautiful, it's getting colder so they're putting the animals away early.
  • Erik B.
    Erik BrokOctober 4, 2015
    It is free
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HigginsOctober 3, 2015
    Great zoo, but go when the weather is not too hot or cold. You don't see as many animals out during extreme temperatures.
  • Mandy S.
    Mandy SchillSeptember 25, 2015
    Set up not very user friendly. Path is curvy line with a bunch of dead ends coming off of it. Have to walk all the way back up the hill to get to exit. Pandas are cute & a lot of food choices.
  • Keith C.
    Keith ConverseSeptember 15, 2015
    Free admission. Just take the Metro and walk around. Nice in the evening, but most of the animals are resting by then.
  • Rob H.
    Rob HavasySeptember 2, 2015
    To make the misters work, push the button ALL the way in. Harder than you think you need to.
  • Victoria P.
    Victoria ParkerAugust 29, 2015
    There's all of two parking spots so if you plan on driving then maybe plan on not going to the zoo.
  • Avinash L.
    Avinash LokanathAugust 25, 2015
    Amazing zoo with all the animals and birds which is very well maintained and you need a while day to see everything :)
  • Wan Mat Ali W.
    Wan Mat Ali Wan MamatAugust 25, 2015
    All places inside the zoo are very informative
  • Robyn
    RobynAugust 24, 2015
    Parking is 22.00, maps/guides are 5.00. Probably cheaper to metro in and print out a map from the website!
  • Kai C.
    Kai CaoAugust 16, 2015
    Free admission and giant pandas!
  • Michael K.
    Michael KingAugust 16, 2015
    Check out the pandas. And the elephants.
  • Fredrik O.
    Fredrik OlasveengenAugust 13, 2015
    The pandas are the most popular. Probably the most active lions and tigers I have seen in any zoo.
  • Norie W.
    Norie WrightAugust 13, 2015
    Free admission, but kind of disappointing. Not a lot of good animals, more stores.
  • Steven V.
    Steven VegaAugust 2, 2015
    Beautiful place! Love how the habitats are build to bring the best comfort to animals
  • Shalynn H.
    Shalynn H.July 31, 2015
    The biggest zoo I've ever been to. Definitely need a full day to view the whole thing.
  • Moza K.
    Moza KJuly 27, 2015
    Nice zoo! Get your own food with you because it food sucks there
  • GT W.
    GT WhyteJuly 14, 2015
    Very roomy and lots of turtles! The day was too hot, so many animals were inside.
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethJune 23, 2015
    Not many food options once you get inside and there is lots of ground to cover. Pack a lunch (or pick one up) and find one of the many shady spits to enjoy it mid-visit.
  • Benjamin D.
    Benjamin DoyleJune 10, 2015
    Giant Zoo, easy to get lost without GPS, nothing beats free. even after it closes you can get in to some of the exhibits still. reptile exhibit smells like shit and elephant house is awesome
  • Rice L.
    Rice LiuJune 2, 2015
    Great zoo! It's a long ass walk though so wear comfortable shoes
  • Santi C.
    Santi CaamañoJune 2, 2015
    Only got to see the baby giant pandas, such a shame of the adult ones not being there... will definitely come back to snap a pic of them.
  • Daniela G.
    Daniela GiacobboJune 1, 2015
    Very good option to visit with the kids
  • Caitlin L.
    Caitlin LawlerMay 5, 2015
    A fun and free activity, perfect for a date. A great zoo with lots of animals, but set up so there's lots of walking to see everything
  • Richard E.
    Richard EfthimApril 21, 2015
    Pandas are the highlight, but the ape house, the cheetahs, ate also pretty cool. Be prepared for walking as the zoo is located on a hill. Best to try to park at the bottom of the hill.
  • Pablo R.
    Pablo RamosApril 16, 2015
    I guess it's better for the animals but the enclosures make it difficult to spot many of the animals
  • D
    DApril 14, 2015
    Panda having its lunch!!!
  • Piyush P.
    Piyush PardeshiMarch 16, 2015
    Best Zoo I've been to till date! Feel bad for some animals though! They are alone in the exhibit!
  • Charlotte 💀
    Charlotte 💀February 9, 2015
    Free entrance, but during the winter there is no animal outside...
  • Clarissa L.
    Clarissa LoosFebruary 8, 2015
    The zoo is awesome! There are indoor and outdoor exhibits. The indoor ones close at 4:30 in the winter. Admission free, and we paid 22 dollars for parking. We made it through the zoo in about 4 hours.
  • Dave H.
    Dave HamelinkJanuary 23, 2015
    Zoo lights are free from Thanksgiving until new years.
  • Brett p.
    Brett payneJanuary 19, 2015
    Buildings close at 4:30 during the winter
  • Fairuz M.
    Fairuz MaggioJanuary 17, 2015
    Went for Zoo Lights and it was really cute but just way too crowded and messy. Also most of the animals are sleeping so you can't see anything
  • James ¤.
    James ¤January 1, 2015
    Hellbender on the loose!
  • Maria B.
    Maria BJanuary 1, 2015
    The zoo is so huge and awesome! Lots of animals and exhibits. Make sure u come without a car though, parking os 35$+ 🐺🐼🐒🐯
  • Gilles B.
    Gilles BoeykensDecember 13, 2014
    Great place! A lot of (interesting) animals, so you can easily spend couple of hours here.
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenDecember 11, 2014
    Sage advice!
  • Peter M.
    Peter MoorDecember 7, 2014
    Zoo lights. We'll worth the trip. Become a Fonz member and park for free. All year!
  • Mitchell C.
    Mitchell CurrinDecember 1, 2014
    The O-Line is really cool.
  • Christopher J.
    Christopher JimenezNovember 12, 2014
    Excellent value in a zoo, great interactive exhibits.
  • Amy Z.
    Amy ZiffNovember 9, 2014
    A national treasure! Great way to spend the day in DC -- pandas, lions, sea lions and more.
  • Arnaud R.
    Arnaud RéautéOctober 14, 2014
    It's free! Not very easy to know where the animals are but great environment!
  • Ari S.
    Ari SchuchmanOctober 5, 2014
    Elephant Trails
  • Mike B.
    Mike BarkerOctober 4, 2014
    Check out the Pandas🐼
  • Derek J.
    Derek JonesOctober 3, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Bring food and drinks to enjoy a picnic on the large grassy areas.
  • Mike B.
    Mike BarkerOctober 1, 2014
    It's free!!
  • J Nicole A.
    J Nicole AlfordSeptember 28, 2014
    Completely free but $3 for a map. Good luck with parking - you are much better taking the metro but be aware that there is a 1/2 mile walk to the entrance from the metro stop.
  • Mike B.
    Mike BarkerSeptember 28, 2014
    Great Zoo. The pandas rock.
  • Angie H.
    Angie HarmonSeptember 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Take the metro and leave the car. Go early to avoid most of the small children.
  • kara O.
    kara OkeeffeSeptember 21, 2014
    A little sightseeing at the zoo!
  • Florian V.
    Florian VoßSeptember 16, 2014
    The elephant enclosure is very interesting. And of course see the Pandas and learn about them!
  • Becky W.
    Becky WoodhouseSeptember 15, 2014
    Didn't realize the zoo doesn't loop around. Go up one side and down the other.
  • Simon D.
    Simon DobbySeptember 3, 2014
    If taking the Metro, get off at Cleveland Park rather than Woodley Park to save yourself an uphill walk to the zoo entrance on Connecticut Ave.
  • Simon D.
    Simon DobbySeptember 3, 2014
    While the map doesn't need to be bought as there are You Are Here boards around and it is not exactly a maze, the zoo is free entry so you could treat the $3 as a kind of donation.
  • Chaz C.
    Chaz CarnageAugust 27, 2014
    Pretty decent Zoo, be prepared to pay for other things. Like parking is $22 for the day. Food is ridiculously expensive. MANY of the interactive portions of the Zoo were damaged, as well as ADA fails.
  • Jaya P.
    Jaya PunethaAugust 17, 2014
    Don't miss the big cats!
  • Ana B.
    Ana BarcelonaAugust 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Lions tigers and bears oh my!!
  • Eric J.
    Eric JawAugust 11, 2014
    I wish you didn't have to leave a tip just to upload a picture
  • Eric J.
    Eric JawAugust 11, 2014
    Panda life is the life
  • Eric J.
    Eric JawAugust 11, 2014
    He sat like this for a while
  • Ellen S.
    Ellen S. P.August 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Go visit Rusty the red panda instead of the giant pandas nearby. Rusty will be doing tricks and practically tap dance for you while the giant pandas sleep in the corner.
  • Dirty B.
    Dirty BirdAugust 9, 2014
    Great zoo and the pandas are a must see
  • Maimuna A.
    Maimuna AbubakarAugust 9, 2014
    All the animals!
  • Dustin H.
    Dustin HaleyAugust 7, 2014
    Free and a long a bike/hike trail for those looking for a day trip throughout the city on a bike!
  • Michelle P.
    Michelle PowerAugust 6, 2014
    Awesome zoo, baby panda is adorable
  • Malcom C.
    Malcom Conroy-SmithJuly 17, 2014
    See the pandas!
  • Big B.
    Big BJune 21, 2014
    It's free but half the animals are missing :(
  • Lulu R.
    Lulu RamJune 11, 2014
    Get there early to get a good parking. Bring your own food. Lunch there can get pricey.
  • Jackie H.
    Jackie HennMay 25, 2014
    Nice zoo. Go early! It can get very crowded on weekends. Admission is free but parking is $22.
  • Vernon W.
    Vernon WilsonMay 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Wear good walking shoes!
  • Sarah I.
    Sarah IMay 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Free admission + baby pandas! 🐼
  • Ed H.
    Ed HouriganApril 17, 2014
    Pack a lunch. Food in zoo I'd wicked expensive and terrible!
  • Jeremy P.
    Jeremy PantinApril 17, 2014
    Don't go during spring break!!
  • Andrew A.
    Andrew A.March 8, 2014
    Taking the Metro to Woodley Park? Save your walking for inside the Zoo and take the L1 or L2 Metro bus directly to/from the main entrance.
  • Denise D.
    Denise DuttonFebruary 26, 2014
    Psst - the best place to kick back and watch the pandas is along the overlook at, naturally, the Panda Overlook Café. Don't tell anybody.
  • Kent C.
    Kent CurrieJanuary 27, 2014
    This place charges $2.00 for a map. Try downloading the app for free or printing one before you come to save some $$.
  • Ximena V.
    Ximena VelasquezNovember 19, 2013
    Go early in the morning to avoid the crowds and to have a better chance to be face to face with the panda
  • Nela L.
    Nela LichtscheidlNovember 18, 2013
    It's FREE! The next best thing to free zoo visit? Baby pandas. Yes, BABY pandas.
  • Joann T.
    Joann TyreeNovember 3, 2013
    King Kong
  • Sara A.
    Sara AllenNovember 2, 2013
    Gorilla house smells worse then ...
  • Jamie C.
    Jamie CarterOctober 22, 2013
    Its free!!!
  • Reaux P.
    Reaux PackardSeptember 22, 2013
    They should really consider a kids-free day. Those shrieking little primates are by far the most distressing, and dangerous, animals present in the zoo. I can't count how many ran into me.
  • Charlie H.
    Charlie HamiltonSeptember 16, 2013
    Really awful zoo. Employees few and far between and some exhibits seem neglected.
  • Joseph F.
    Joseph FSeptember 14, 2013
    It was okay.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostSeptember 12, 2013
    The latest baby panda at the National Zoo was born Aug. 23, 2013. It's a girl born to Tian Tian and Mei Xiang. Washington pandarazzi will have to wait four months for an in-person look at the cub. Read more
  • Jimmy P.
    Jimmy PeñaSeptember 9, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Want to get a good parking spot and avoid driving around for hours looking for one? Get here before 10am
  • Alex B.
    Alex BoozierSeptember 8, 2013
    Check out the sea lions on the America trail, there's a fun interactive space for kids
  • Jeri M.
    Jeri McCoySeptember 1, 2013
    A family of otters with 9 pups!!
  • Dae J.
    Dae JeongAugust 27, 2013
    The zoo is one big hill, so don't park near the entrance, but drive to Lot D on the other side. This way you start exploring going uphill and then the walk back to the car will be a nice downhill.
  • Tom H.
    Tom HamlynAugust 17, 2013
    Don't drive. Parking is terrible and fills up fast. Take the metro.
  • Glow I.
    Glow IngAugust 4, 2013
    What a great zoo and free admission?! Must have been designed well, allows visitors to have a good look at the animals and actually in action.
  • Alexandru C.
    Alexandru CebanAugust 4, 2013
    The panda is pregnant
  • Lisa B.
    Lisa BlonskiJuly 25, 2013
    Didn't even go in. Parking lot staff was incredibly rude. Completely ruined my trip
  • Luciana L.
    Luciana LuperiJuly 15, 2013
    The park is beautiful, lots of animals including giant pandas!! So cute. And the admission is free.
  • Erica B.
    Erica BrooksJuly 13, 2013
    Get the Premier Membership if you know you're going to visit more than 4 times per year so that you can get free parking.
  • Erica B.
    Erica BrooksJuly 13, 2013
    Per zoo volunteer - the best time to see the elephants is early in the morning. When it gets hot they may not come put.
  • Joe H.
    Joe HaglerJuly 8, 2013
    In need of a good scrubbing, and paint. Being in the Nation's Capitol, I was embarrassed... I'm sure it's Bush's fault...
  • David W.
    David WrigleyJuly 7, 2013
    Lots of walking up hill, lots of exhibits closed? #Sad
  • William C.
    William ChengJuly 6, 2013
    Zoo open till 7 but all animals house r closes at 6
  • Melanie D.
    Melanie DeniseJune 27, 2013
    Kinda sucky.
  • Shannon S.
    Shannon SarinoJune 27, 2013
    Come early - fewer crowds and the animals are awake.
  • Rachel P.
    Rachel PlaterJune 24, 2013
    If you have a toddler, bring the stroller. This zoo is twice the size of the one in Baltimore. Great place for kids and adults..if you want to save some money car pool...0-3 hrs is $16 for parking...
  • Robert
    RobertJune 22, 2013
    This place is free! Your tax dollars at work!
  • Angela
    AngelaJune 22, 2013
    Habitats are so great you can't find the animals! :(
  • Hussein M.
    Hussein MusaadJune 16, 2013
    Fun .......
  • Liz P.
    Liz PomperJune 15, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The food stand near seals and sea lions has sustainable seafood and healthy snacks (fruit cups and frozen grapes). Just had a fantastic smoked tofu roll with pickled fennel.
  • Michael N.
    Michael NataleJune 9, 2013
    Bottled water - $3 each in Zoo but frz yogurt place across street sells it for 29 cents each
  • Jennifer D.
    Jennifer DayJune 4, 2013
    The map is the same cost as the app ($2). Our map didn't last the day. Also pizza play area is closed until late June.
  • Jennifer D.
    Jennifer DayJune 3, 2013
    Be sure and visit the Orangutan crossing. They can swing over the sidewalks!! Pack your lunch. Kids meals run $10.
  • Amanda F.
    Amanda FosterMay 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The animal that makes the most annoying & shrill sound is the young human. Their screams are enjoyed & understood by no man or woman.
  • Robert B.
    Robert ButlerMay 26, 2013
    Get here early and take public transportation. Parking fills up fast. Had to park on street about a 1/2 mile away
  • Jason
    JasonMay 26, 2013
    Don't go on warm summer weekends. The zoo is free and is beyond crowded. Parking can also run as much as $22, so park on the side streets for free.
  • Cameron E.
    Cameron EarleyMay 26, 2013
    Ugh. Too many people and lines for everything.
  • AJ T.
    AJ T.May 25, 2013
    Beautiful, well-kept exhibits. Great use of land with multiple levels. Even a nice bathroom (over by the NZP).
  • Anand P.
    Anand PatelMay 12, 2013
    Don't forget your Claritin if you have allergies....like I did. : (
  • Tom L.
    Tom LynchMay 9, 2013
    Join FONZ free parking!
  • Shelley
    ShelleyMay 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place to get engaged if you're animal obsessed like I am!
  • Mike S.
    Mike SmithMay 5, 2013
    Amazonia is the best part of the zoo. :)
  • Harjit
    HarjitMay 1, 2013
    Easy walk from the Cleveland Park Metro station.
  • Harjit
    HarjitApril 24, 2013
    We started with the Asia path and it took us a while before we could locate an animal. I've been to many zoos and this one falls short on animals and the ability to view them.
  • Shannon M.
    Shannon M.April 24, 2013
    Check out the pandas and the cats. Sometimes you'll see the orangutans swinging thru the air
  • Donise C.
    Donise CameronApril 22, 2013
    Saturdays in spring an summer are just a no no crowded and insane. Early am is best and park panther street if you can. Parking at zoo is very overpriced and bring snacks or be prepared to pay!
  • Joni J.
    Joni J.April 17, 2013
    If you are a nursing mom the visitors info desk will find you a private place to nurse if you ask
  • Jen K.
    Jen KarrApril 13, 2013
    Download the app ($2?) b4 you come, that way you'll have all the info the paper map gives you - but you won't lose it. :-)
  • kirstie r.
    kirstie rApril 8, 2013
    Don't go when it's winter or early spring. Most of the animals aren't on display. However it is a great zoo. Beavers and seals are fun.
  • Marie I.
    Marie IndcMarch 10, 2013
    time your visit with the octopus feeding
  • Christopher L.
    Christopher LongMarch 8, 2013
    The black bean burger at the Lion's Mane restaurant is very good. The staff is friendly too.
  • Kate D.
    Kate DrafzFebruary 27, 2013
    Best zoo I've ever been to! It has all different kinds of amazing animals!
  • Ankush S.
    Ankush SaxenaFebruary 15, 2013
    The National Zoo is home to many exotic animals. Great place to take the family!
  • Francesca F.
    Francesca FicaraFebruary 15, 2013
    Perfect place to go during the summer to see animals from all over the world. They have pandas, tigers, elephants and a whole building dedicated to reptiles. It's also a perfect place to bring kids.
  • Lia D.
    Lia DiNunzioJanuary 19, 2013
    Don't skip the Amazonia! Very cool exhibit!
  • Mark P.
    Mark PhillipsDecember 4, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Check out the Smithsonian Castle built with 45,000 Lego bricks. It's on display in the visitor center during ZooLights! Read more
  • Mark P.
    Mark PhillipsNovember 24, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    ZooLights 2012 ... 500,000 lights, train rides, Santa Paws dancing in a giant, snow globe, an 8-foot LEGO model of the Smithsonian Castle, zoo tubing, glow sticks, hot cider and kettle corn. Yes!
  • Mark P.
    Mark PhillipsOctober 29, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Boo at the Zoo is always a treat ... lots of treats, in fact!
  • Mark P.
    Mark PhillipsOctober 29, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Check out the "Smithsonian's National Zoo" app at http://bit.ly/MCrpPm. Zoo map, visit planner, live cams, animals A-Z ... it's all here!
  • Dustin H.
    Dustin HedrickOctober 28, 2012
    Go to Boo at the Zoo. You have to sign up in advance. They are always sold out at the gate.
  • Dustin H.
    Dustin HedrickOctober 28, 2012
    I love this park. We actually saw EVERY animal!!!!!! Amazing! And everyone was so nice to us.
  • Rico J.
    Rico JonesOctober 27, 2012
    Very good had fun 1st time for it be a free zoo only spent less then 25 bucks with my family.....love to go back just hate the walking
  • Linda .
    Linda 🐔🐥🐣October 20, 2012
    Wonderful park. So much to see especially the panda area. A must see place
  • Mark P.
    Mark PhillipsOctober 17, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the black bean burger at the Mane Restaurant (near the Kids' Farm); it's one of my favorites.
  • Kayla G.
    Kayla GailOctober 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Use the Cleveland Park metro, then walk downhill instead of using Woodley Park and walking up.
  • Melissa P.
    Melissa PlummerOctober 13, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Download the app for iPhone or Android and find out what time feedings and keeper talks are for the day, as well as a map of the zoo.
  • Will D.
    Will DevineOctober 9, 2012
    If you can't find the pandas outdoors, check inside the giant panda house.
  • Lisa M.
    Lisa MOctober 3, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't make eye contact with the locals
  • Ernie S.
    Ernie SpycherAugust 30, 2012
    Make sure to get there early in the the spring and summer if you want to find a parking spot.
  • Anita
    AnitaAugust 11, 2012
    Be sure to visit the baby Cheetahs.
  • The Bozzuto Group
    The Bozzuto GroupAugust 6, 2012
    Two words: cheetah cubs. Stop by at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. this summer to see the baby cheetahs playing in their yard.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SpanosAugust 3, 2012
    The visitor's center has the ONLY cold water fountain in the zoo.
  • Víctor S.
    Víctor SanchoJuly 29, 2012
    Free entrance. They feed sloths at 11.30am (Asia trial)
  • Chris M.
    Chris McdevittJuly 25, 2012
    Not a big zoo. If you are looking for a big adventure may have better zoo near home town. Only took about 2 hrs to go through and look at/for the limited animals they actually have.
  • Debbie Q.
    Debbie QuinnJuly 22, 2012
    Food service is sooooo slow!!!
  • Mike A. H.
    Mike A. HallJuly 7, 2012
    Come very early during summer months. Visit the Indoor Bird House to cool down and pace yourself.
  • Brad H.
    Brad HarrisJuly 3, 2012
    Theres no A/C here its way too hot
  • Greg B.
    Greg BeutlerJuly 2, 2012
    Easy peasy train ride from the mall-orange line to red line- 23 min + 5 min walk and youre there
  • Dan P.
    Dan PJune 10, 2012
    Spent 20 minutes in the parking lot driving around only to be directed out. Once we got to the zoo it was over crowded and animals were few to be seen.
  • Danny O.
    Danny OwensMay 31, 2012
    Where are all the animals??? Do not come mid day.
  • Tim H.
    Tim HuizengaMay 24, 2012
    Despite its name, the Panda Overlook Cafe does not serve Panda..
  • Jenny G.
    Jenny GreenMay 20, 2012
    Make sure to see the otters!!
  • Kimberly (Yiaya) P.
    Kimberly (Yiaya) PetersMay 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Become a member.
  • Nick W.
    Nick WilkesMay 18, 2012
    Its a good thing its free... When I went, Before I had Foursquare, August 21, 2011, there where not a lot of animals, and exhibits where spaced out rather far.
  • Kelly O.
    Kelly O'KeefeApril 16, 2012
    The people watching can be just as good as the animal watching.
  • Tai F.
    Tai FungApril 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    DC resident? Join FONZ. Seriously a no-brainer.
  • Tai F.
    Tai FungApril 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you come with children, park "downhill," so lots D or E. It's well worth it for the walk DOWN, as you are on the way out.
  • Chris L.
    Chris LallyApril 6, 2012
    Highly disappointing, although we are spoiled by having the Philly zoo nearby
  • John L.
    John LundApril 6, 2012
    Parking is full today, look for neighborhoods nearby to park in
  • Meagan B.
    Meagan BridgesMarch 13, 2012
    They have pandas!
  • Samuel Y.
    Samuel YuMarch 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't miss the orangutan crossing!
  • Jason H.
    Jason HartMarch 4, 2012
    Join FONZ and get free zookies (cookies) for the kids at each visit.
  • Edrea
    EdreaFebruary 23, 2012
    Yes! FREE Admission! :) Thank you Smithsonian Institution! Wonder what would happen if the animals ran rampant in the city!? :D Night at the Museum action!? BANANAS I tell you! :D ENJOY!
  • Jon M.
    Jon MulhollandFebruary 20, 2012
    Find and hang out by the 'O Line', watch the Orangutans as they 'commute' from home to work above your head!
  • Caitlin R.
    Caitlin RushFebruary 13, 2012
    Entrance to the zoo is FREE! Don't miss out on this great attraction. The large cats exhibit is awesome.
  • Stephanie C.
    Stephanie CJanuary 29, 2012
    Just watched a cheetah devouring a rabbit. Look hard under the rushes along the fence bordering the path.
  • Brian T.
    Brian T.December 31, 2011
    The Reptile House rules!
  • Cozmik
    CozmikDecember 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Yeah - NO free parking. But if you're a FONZ its only $16!
  • Cozmik
    CozmikDecember 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Who doesn't love a zoo? Its the first & foremost place to see clubgoers in their stilettos pushing 8 year olds in strollers. Oh, and the pandas are super awesome.
  • Cheryl O.
    Cheryl OwensNovember 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to the Reptile exhibit!
  • Liz P.
    Liz PomperOctober 29, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Be sure to visit the new Jessie Cohen photography exhibit in the visitor's center. Spectacular.
  • Tray
    TrayOctober 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Recycle cell phones/accessories, iPods, handheld gps units, laptops and portable hard drives in the great ape house.
  • William X.
    William XOctober 15, 2011
    .29 cent for water at the icecream shop
  • David T.
    David TayOctober 8, 2011
    Line at Panda Plaza Grill are atrociously slow. Maybe they should outsource the whole food concessions to McD.
  • Jared S.
    Jared SakOctober 5, 2011
    Free admission and Giant Pandas?! How can you say no.
  • Kenneth B.
    Kenneth BradfuteSeptember 13, 2011
    The gift shop ladies are very nice. Be sure to go visit Kyle the orangutan!
  • David W.
    David WhitneySeptember 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Take Rock Creek Pkwy to the Zoo's back entrance. Lot E fills up last, and it's easier to start at the bottom of the hill so that when you're tired and leaving, you can walk downhill.
  • DHR.com
    DHR.comSeptember 9, 2011
    Simply known as the National Zoo, this is one of the oldest zoos in the U.S. Here, you’ll find features such as the Giant Panda Habitat, Great Ape House, and Lion/Tiger Hill. The best part? It’s free!
  • Lisa J.
    Lisa JohnsonSeptember 5, 2011
    Free zoo, check out the panda exhibit, although they will probably be sleeping as usual.
  • Matt R.
    Matt RosenbergSeptember 3, 2011
    Go on a Wednesday during the school year. No lines, no crowds.
  • Ferchichi A.
    Ferchichi AhmedAugust 21, 2011
    My favorite one, and it is for free, My Best places inside are the Amazonia and the house of reptile
  • Chas L.
    Chas LumAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Why isn't there an app for this? : -|
  • M Squared Real Estate
    M Squared Real EstateAugust 14, 2011
    Free admission, free parking, over 2,000 animals. What's not to love?
  • Tripsetc T.
    Part of the Smithonian. One of few places that you can see a Panda bear. Free admission but you will have to pay for Parking that is difficult on a weekend.
  • DC Preservation League
    Created for the preservation of endangered animals indigenous to the U.S. This spacious and picturesque location was a significant innovation in zoo design by landscape Frederick Law Olmstead.
  • TerryJo F.
    TerryJo FilipietzJuly 5, 2011
    Love this zoo. Read more
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJune 21, 2011
    Did you know? An Act of Congress created the National Zoo in 1889. It was intended in part to serve as a refuge for native wildlife, such as bison and beaver, that were vanishing from North America. Read more
  • Liz P.
    Liz PomperJune 18, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    There's a new seasonal food kiosk that sells microbrew BEER, along with brats (including vegetarian!) & BBQ, in between Reptile Discovery Center and Think Tank. BEER, people! Read more
  • Mike D.
    Mike DaughertyJune 16, 2011
    If you bring a lunch or just need some shade, head to the great meadow. Covered tables and orangutans climb by overhead.
  • Mike D.
    Mike DaughertyJune 16, 2011
    If you are going to spend $2 on a map, donate it instead. There are big maps throughout the park.
  • Chad R.
    Chad RJune 15, 2011
    Damn lemur stole my churro!
  • Billy S.
    Billy SmithJune 4, 2011
    Food sucks
  • Samurai D.
    Samurai DogJune 3, 2011
    I always head to Frozen Yo after the zoo for some yummy frozen yogurt and toppings.
  • Thomas K.
    Thomas KrederMay 26, 2011
    Take a look on the Great Pandas.
  • Scott Y.
    Scott YimMay 20, 2011
    If traveling by metro, get off at the cleveland park metro stop. Its an uphill walk from woodley park, but downhill from cleveland.
  • Kim D.
    Boo at the Zoo is fun for the kids. Parking is bad so metro. It gets cold so bundle up.
  • Brette C.
    Brette C. 😎🎶April 22, 2011
    Expansive and hilly, get ready for a workout. Nice for family outing.
  • Juan A.
    Juan AliceaApril 21, 2011
    Small mammals has a line in the afternoon.
  • Cameron B.
    Cameron BApril 9, 2011
    Start with the lions and then see the rest ... typical zoo nothing spectacular
  • WorldStrides
    WorldStridesApril 8, 2011
    Must see: An elephant training session, a giant octopus feeding, and a sea lion training session.
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MagrumMarch 21, 2011
    Weekday/Early/Gloomy (Possibly even raining) -- Best time to go in my book.
  • Hannah S.
    Hannah SolbachMarch 20, 2011
    Foursquare tip: check-in to exhibits based on distance not where you actually are if you want the points. 4square keeps telling me I'm not where I actually am then doesn't award points
  • Christopher v.
    Diaper changing table at the restrooms at the police station are nice and large
  • Anastasia D.
    Anastasia DellaccioMarch 18, 2011
    Don't forget to get some homemade all natural gelato at the Dolci Gelati stand!
  • Katie H.
    Katie H.March 13, 2011
    Still can't get over it being free. Great animals plus not having to pay makes it my favorite zoo ever.
  • Narnia Fans
    Narnia FansFebruary 15, 2011
    Narnia film stars Georgie Henley (Lucy) and Skander Keynes (Edmund) got to name one of the Smithsonian National Zoo's seven new lion cubs. They named him "Aslan" in honor of the Narnia character. Read more
  • Jim S.
    Jim SnowdenJanuary 1, 2011
    Zoo Lights during the holiday season is fun, beautiful and FREE!
  • Debbie F.
    Debbie FriezJanuary 1, 2011
    Feeding time for the lemurs and Johnny Appleseed squirrel is funny!
  • Drew B.
    Drew BiondoDecember 31, 2010
    Get in by 9 am and out by 11 to beat the crowds.
  • Brandon E.
    Brandon EarhartOctober 23, 2010
    Boo at the Zoo can be a lot of fun but very crowded.
  • Bob E.
    Bob ErlenbackOctober 21, 2010
    The ice cream vending machines take credit cards but only few are functioning.
  • Andrea N.
    Andrea NewlandOctober 13, 2010
    Volunteers at almost every exhibit to give you fun facts about each animal..
  • Andrea N.
    Andrea NewlandOctober 13, 2010
    The Pandas are adorable :) Free! Boo in The Zoo event is supposed to be fun....not the SanDiego Zoo but still fascinating, metro accesible/Woodley Park.
  • Bowdoin M.
    Bowdoin MontgomeryAugust 28, 2010
    Parking lot D is great spot if you packed a lunch.
  • Dora
    DoraJuly 21, 2010
    You've heard about the giant pandas, but did you know there are kid play areas by the farm animal and ground hog exhibits? Powered by ParentsConnect.com
  • Lora T.
    Lora TuronJuly 20, 2010
    Go early...zoo opens at 6am. On a hot day the earlier you go the more animals you will see. Once it gets too hot the animals don't move so much. You will have to wait til 10am to see the indoor exh
  • Gretchen K.
    Gretchen KrimmelJuly 13, 2010
    Great place to run through...cooling stations and water fountains!
  • Roxanne L.
    Roxanne LorenzoJuly 5, 2010
    Bring water! In case you forget, there's a 7-Eleven right across the zoo entrance where beverages are cheaper.
  • Valentina F.
    Valentina FernandezJune 27, 2010
    Haven't been to the zoo yet, but I hear its nice. Definitely have to check it out.
  • Rob S.
    Rob SmithJune 9, 2010
    Its free and that's a plus in my book.
  • angela n.
    angela nJune 6, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    If you like the zoo but hate the throngs, go early. Zoo grounds open at 6am, and many animals are active then, esp. in summer (See link). Indoor exhibits (and great cats) don't open until 10am though. Read more
  • Abby
    AbbyApril 20, 2010
    The Zoo is a great way to spend a nice day. Take the metro to Cleveland or Woodley Park stations for less stress. Best part? It's free!
  • Simone S.
    Simone SampsonApril 19, 2010
    Play with the MONKEYS- It's absolutely awesome!!!!!
  • Jen D.
    Jen DeAngelisMarch 20, 2010
    hope to avoid some crowds
  • Lynn M.
    Lynn MillerMarch 7, 2010
    If you plan to visit the zoo more than once by car, a FONZ membership is a must as it comes with free parking. One of the best values in DC!
  • John R. E.
    John R. EakinFebruary 20, 2010
    Great location for parking at events at the Marriott at Wardman Park hotel... $20 and it includes a shuttle service to the location. Great bargain! ($33 to park at the hotel)
  • Rob H.
    Rob HowardJanuary 30, 2010
    I love pandas!!!! Read more
  • Nicolle
    NicolleJanuary 12, 2010
    On the Asian Trail, don't miss the "red pandas" or "firefoxes." They are So Cute & are always outside.
  • National Wildlife Federation
    Be on the lookout for Black Squirrels. The animals were introduced by the Smithsonian National Zoological Park and can be a common sight in the city.
  • Lumisol R.
    Lumisol RamirezSeptember 12
    Amazing!!! El lugar es increiblemente grande y hermoso!
  • Giovanni C.
    Giovanni CajasDecember 3, 2016
    Entrada gratuita para un lugar educativo y divertido para toda la familia.
  • Victor R.
    Victor RomanoSeptember 10, 2016
    Gratuito e com grande variedade de animais!!
  • Maria
    MariaAugust 31, 2016
    Бесплатный зоопарк!
  • Edison G.
    Edison GonzálezAugust 11, 2016
    Hermoso, lo recorrimos en 2 días aprendiendo y tomándonos el tiempo necesario en cada animalito del lugar.
  • Rapiszal R.
    Rapiszal RusliJuly 28, 2016
    naik ketapi baru tak penat
  • Rapiszal R.
    Rapiszal RusliJuly 28, 2016
    ada panda kat sini
  • Briceyda H.
    Briceyda HernandezOctober 2, 2015
    ☺☺☺😊😊😊😊😊😊
  • Anna S.
    Anna SotnikovaSeptember 6, 2014
    На Хоторн стрит бесплатная парковка на 2 часа, парковка зоопарка - 22$
  • Babí L.
    Babí LimaDecember 18, 2013
    Boom de mais.
  • Fabiana G.
    Fabiana GutierrezOctober 20, 2012
    Tem mais bicho da mina casa ate a escola das criancas do que no zoo. Decepcionante.
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