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Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Zoo and Park · National Zoological Park
3001 Connecticut Ave NW (at Hawthorne St NW), Washington, D.C. 20008, United States
Open until 7:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 8:00 AM–7:00 PM
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Smithsonian National Zoological Park is a part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum and research complex. The words National Zoo represent a large, complex, and diverse organization with a multifaceted mission: demonstrating leadership in animal care, scie... (See all)


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    Luciana L.
    "The park is beautiful, lots of animals including giant pandas!!"(10 Tips)
    Markus T.
    "Free admission, very photogenic, and a lot to see!"(9 Tips)
    Kenneth B.
    "Be sure to go visit Kyle the orangutan!"(6 Tips)
    "... relaxing stroll. The admission is free, the exhibits are always changing,..."(3 Tips)
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  • Ben H.

    The Andean Bears have cubs!

    Ben Hundley · 1 week ago
  • Markus T.

    One of the best zoos in the US. Free admission, very photogenic, and a lot to see! A fun activity on any day

    Markus Tarjamo · 1 week ago
  • Peter d.

    Great (free) zoo, amazing animals and a good play for a run.

    Peter den Hartog · 2 weeks ago
  • Luis G.

    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

    Luis Goncalo · 3 weeks ago
  • Jacob P.


    Jacob Pyle · October 21
  • Michelle P.

    Someone else said it had free parking, but it doesn't! Parking is $22 for the day, but admission to the zoo is free.

    Michelle Pegler · October 18
  • Pam D.

    The zoo is beautiful, it's getting colder so they're putting the animals away early.

    Pam Davis · October 12
  • Erik B.

    It is free

    Erik Brok · October 4
  • Joshua H.

    Great zoo, but go when the weather is not too hot or cold. You don't see as many animals out during extreme temperatures.

    Joshua Higgins · October 3
  • Mandy S.

    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.

    Mandy Schill · September 25
  • Keith C.

    Free admission. Just take the Metro and walk around. Nice in the evening, but most of the animals are resting by then.

    Keith Converse · September 15
  • Rob H.

    To make the misters work, push the button ALL the way in. Harder than you think you need to.

    Rob Havasy · September 2
  • Victoria P.

    There's all of two parking spots so if you plan on driving then maybe plan on not going to the zoo.

    Victoria Parker · August 29
  • Avinash L.

    Amazing zoo with all the animals and birds which is very well maintained and you need a while day to see everything :)

    Avinash Lokanath · August 25
  • Wan Mat Ali W.

    All places inside the zoo are very informative

  • Robyn

    Parking is 22.00, maps/guides are 5.00. Probably cheaper to metro in and print out a map from the website!

    Robyn · August 24
  • Kai C.

    Free admission and giant pandas!

    Kai Cao · August 16
  • Michael K.

    Check out the pandas. And the elephants.

    Michael King · August 16
  • Fredrik O.

    The pandas are the most popular. Probably the most active lions and tigers I have seen in any zoo.

    Fredrik Olasveengen · August 13
  • Norie W.

    Free admission, but kind of disappointing. Not a lot of good animals, more stores.

    Norie Wright · August 13
  • Steven V.

    Beautiful place! Love how the habitats are build to bring the best comfort to animals

    Steven Vega · August 2
  • Shalynn H.

    The biggest zoo I've ever been to. Definitely need a full day to view the whole thing.

    Shalynn H. · July 31
  • Moza K.

    Nice zoo! Get your own food with you because it food sucks there

    Moza K · July 27
  • GT W.

    Very roomy and lots of turtles! The day was too hot, so many animals were inside.

    GT Whyte · July 14
  • Elizabeth

    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.

    Elizabeth · June 23
  • Benjamin D.

    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

    Benjamin Doyle · June 10
  • Eric L.

    Great zoo! It's a long ass walk though so wear comfortable shoes

    Eric Liu · June 2
  • Santi C.

    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.

    Santi Caamaño · June 2
  • Daniela G.

    Very good option to visit with the kids

  • Caitlin L.

    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.

    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.

    Richard Efthim · April 21
  • Pablo R.

    I guess it's better for the animals but the enclosures make it difficult to spot many of the animals

    Pablo Ramos · April 16
  • Diana S.

    Panda having its lunch!!!

    Diana S · April 14
  • Jason M.

    This zoo is great! And it's free! They have 2 giant pandas on display, plus lots of other great exhibits.

    Jason Monstrola · April 1
  • Piyush P.

    Best Zoo I've been to till date! Feel bad for some animals though! They are alone in the exhibit!

    Piyush Pardeshi · March 16
  • Clarissa L.

    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.

    Clarissa Loos · February 8
  • Dave H.

    Zoo lights are free from Thanksgiving until new years.

    Dave Hamelink · January 23
  • Brett p.

    Buildings close at 4:30 during the winter

    Brett payne · January 19
  • Fairuz M.

    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

    Fairuz Maggio · January 17
  • James ¤.

    Hellbender on the loose!

    James ¤ · January 1
  • Maria B.

    The zoo is so huge and awesome! Lots of animals and exhibits. Make sure u come without a car though, parking os 35$+ 🐺🐼🐒🐯

    Maria B · January 1
  • Gilles B.

    Great place! A lot of (interesting) animals, so you can easily spend couple of hours here.

    Gilles Boeykens · December 13, 2014
  • Eric A.

    Sage advice!

    Eric Andersen · December 11, 2014
  • Peter M.

    Zoo lights. We'll worth the trip. Become a Fonz member and park for free. All year!

    Peter Moor · December 7, 2014
  • Mitchell C.

    The O-Line is really cool.

    Mitchell Currin · December 1, 2014
  • Christopher J.

    Excellent value in a zoo, great interactive exhibits.

    Christopher Jimenez · November 12, 2014
  • Amy Z.

    A national treasure! Great way to spend the day in DC -- pandas, lions, sea lions and more.

    Amy Ziff · November 9, 2014
  • Arnaud R.

    It's free! Not very easy to know where the animals are but great environment!

    Arnaud Réauté · October 14, 2014
  • Ari S.

    Elephant Trails

    Ari Schuchman · October 5, 2014
  • Mike B.

    Check out the Pandas🐼

    Mike Barker · October 4, 2014

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