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Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Zoo and Park
National Zoological Park, Washington
290 Tips and reviews
  • zoos
  • trails
  • orangutans
  • free admission
  • pandas
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  • Amanda C.
    Amanda Carvalho6 days ago
    Beautiful lights!!
  • Aerial P.
    Aerial Payne3 weeks ago
    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
    Now serving Sam Adams beer!
  • Katy
    KatyOctober 10
    Check out the pandas!
  • Chelsea C.
    Chelsea CraneSeptember 29
    Shitty place to be if you're an animal
    Upvoted Sep 30
  • Wafa A.
    Wafa AlzahraniSeptember 25
  • Jon D.
    Jon DaviesSeptember 16
    Place is pretty rundown. Go in the "houses" for the best experience
  • Eliza W.
    Eliza WeeksSeptember 6
    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.
    Great trails, very clean.
  • Jenna F.
    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
    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
    Lions and Bengal tigers!
  • James P.
    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
    The monkey line is the best!
  • John A.
    The Pandas!
  • Tom M.
    Tom MilsonApril 5
    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.
    The flamingo exhibit is often overlooked, but these beautiful bird are worth the detour.
  • william v.
    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
    Worlds largest collection of hot, sweaty people that don't use deodorant
  • Black Family Reunions
    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.
    Pandas are awesome. Download the Smithsonian zoo app in advance. Paper map costs 5$ inside.
  • Lizzie H.
    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
    Best ever zoo I've seen so far.
  • Mary Jo K.
    Great day trip for all ages, free admission
  • Mary W.
    Mary W.January 29
    Free admission, but $22 for parking. Go in the winter - no crowds! Big ape house is smelly though.
  • kassie r.
    Find the Dippin Dots booth that sells beer!
  • Daniel C.
    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.
    Great place to go with the family, get ready to walk but it's worth it!
  • Tranita E.
    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
  • 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.
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