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Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Smithsonian National Zoological Park

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National Zoological Park, Washington
292 Tips and reviews
  • zoos
  • trails
  • free admission
  • orangutans
  • pandas
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  • 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.!
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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
  • 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.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
    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.
  • 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
  • Charlotte 💀
    Charlotte 💀February 9, 2015
    Tijdens de winter zit er geen enkel beest buiten, sjans dat gratis is 👍
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