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Smithsonian National Zoological Park

3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC, United States
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  • Smithsonian National Zoological Park
    Piper A
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    4 May 09, 2014

    Great zoo. Admission is free but parking is $22 & the zoo parking lots fill up quickly on the weekends.

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  • Smithsonian National Zoological ParkPro 2014
    Stephen Bugno
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    3 Mar 24, 2014

    On the positive side, the National Zoo is well-placed right in the middle of DC, they have Pandas!!! and it is free! On the other hand, this is one of the worst zoos I've been to. I'm not sure if it's lack of funding but animals here keep dying, they look really depressed, and some are even in old-fashioned cages. Especially sad to see the gorilla on concrete in a small cell.

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    Jon Boughtin
    5 Oct 30, 2013

    This zoo is the tops. The exhibits are well done and easy to see (no matter how tall you are) and a wide variety of animals make their home here. I love that the orangutans can be seen swinging overhead in the open air, for example, and the gorillas are almost accessible enough to be downright scary. Sometimes the animals aren't all out for viewing (lions, I'm looking at you) but all in all, considering it's free to get in, this can't be beat.

    One note: parking is $20, so if you can find it on the street or take the Red Line over instead of driving, that will save you some cash.

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    Allison Cooper
    5 Oct 25, 2013

    The D.C. zoo is certainly worth taking a day out of your travel plans to visit. Since it is part of the Smithsonian, it is free entry for the whole family! They have so many wonderful animal exhibits such as the cheetah conservation, the elephant trail, and the giant panda exhibit for everyone to see and enjoy.

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    Kat Tinney
    4 Sep 13, 2013

    The newly remodeled and very well planned Zoo is a great place to take younger children. The exhibits have been expanded and the animals seem content. I personally love seeing the apes swinging overhead and the new elephant walk means we get to play where's waldo searching for them as they traverse the park grounds.

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    Ann Potter
    3 Sep 13, 2013

    Always a popular spot with the kids -- vast improvements being made in animal habitats, well worth the visit! Take the subway to avoid the parking fee, and pack a picnic since the lunch food is over priced and not very good once you get past hot dogs, sodas, pop corn and chips.

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    Frederick Schad
    4 Sep 13, 2013

    The is a large zoo and it is free. Great to take kids. The monkey exhibit smells really bad. They have a nice panda exhibit.

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  • Smithsonian National Zoological ParkPro 2014
    Rachel R
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    3 Sep 11, 2013

    I'm having a really hard time deciding between 3 and 4 stars on this one...

    I have been to better zoo's. Maybe I'm spoiled since Cincinnati Zoo is one of the best in the country.... but the national zoo was just ok for me. Yes seeing the one panda was awesome, when he finally moved to where we could see him. But that's really all this place has going for it.

    The Amazonian area behind the kids farm is awesome as well! except that its all the way "at the back" if you want to call it that... since the zoo almost goes in a circle but not quite... once you get all the way down the hill and have seen everything you realize you have to walk up the hill all the way to the front of the zoo to go catch a metro or a street or what have you. They layout is just atrocious!!

    And to see anything you have to go "inside" to actually see anything. They out door cages are empty, and so if you want to leisurely stroll and look while you walk, well... that' not really possible.

    So I guess I'm going to go with 3 as it's just OK for me.

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  • Smithsonian National Zoological ParkPro 2014
    Travis Katz
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    4 Aug 21, 2013

    I always feel a little conflicted about zoos. The animals here are confined in some pretty small spaces by modern zoo standards. But that does make for good viewing opportunities for the kids. But the best part about the national zoo is that, as part of the Smithsonian, it is 100% free, so you don't feel guilty if you get tired and decide to leave before you have seen everything.

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  • Smithsonian National Zoological ParkPro 2014
    Lauren Baker
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    4 Jul 01, 2013

    This is a great zoo, although the enormous crowds have the potential to make it less enjoyable. Great exhibits and very informative as well.

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    Marcus Correll
    4 Apr 15, 2013

    Watch the weather for the day you plan on attending. A mildly warm day is perfect to see the animals at their prime.

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    Daniel Mason-D'Croz
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    3 Sep 24, 2012

    On weekends and during the summer the Zoo is packed. It is not an overly large Zoo, but they managed to do a great job of designing this zoo in the middle of DC to pack as much as they could. Go see the pandas, which are a huge attraction.

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    Kari Frazier
    5 Aug 19, 2012

    We loved this zoo! I wasn't expecting it to be great, being free and all, but I was pleasantly surprised. There is a lot to do and you can easily spend a whole afternoon there (if not the whole day).

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  • Smithsonian National Zoological Park
    Helen Mashuda
    5 Jul 30, 2012

    Lovely set out zoo. Well maintained and as per usual anything to do with the Smithsonian is always well executed. Food is expensive inside but the enclosures for the animals are world class. There are convenience stores outside the gates that you can grab some quick snacks to wander around the park with.

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    Kayla Preston
    4 Jul 20, 2012

    The bear exhibit was closed when I went (May 2012). The panda was worth the wait because she sat right in front of the glass and ate bamboo. I witnessed a cat fight in the lions den which was very exciting. I wish they had Giraffes. Wear comfy shoes. The whole zoo is on a hill. Going down, it's great. But after a long day at the zoo be prepared for a hike back to your car.

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    Carolyn Jones
    5 Jul 06, 2012

    Some of the animal enclosures are being redone. Bring your walking shoes your gonna need them. Hint start at the bottom and work your way up.

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    Pamela Bailey
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    This was absolutely wonderful. There was so many animals to see, you couldn't see them all in one day. Go and enjoy.

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    Renee Grandon
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    I've been to alot of zoos in my lifetime, but, I would have to say that this is one of the very best that I have ever seen.

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    Rachel Patterson
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    The Smithsonian Zoo is one of the better zoos I've been to, and probably the best free zoo I've found. The pandas are a big draw. The lion cubs were super cute. If you like zoos, worth a visit.

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    Leigh Virkus
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    3 Jul 05, 2012

    Easily reached by public transportation, this zoo is worth a visit if only to catch a glimpse of the adorable pandas! Keep in mind that they might be sleeping, but they are still fun to see.

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4.5 out of 5
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Widely regarded as one of the country’s top zoos, the Smithsonian is home to over 400 different species of incredible animals such as giant pandas and lemurs. Scattered throughout the zoological gardens are also excellent exhibits that provide insightful displays on everything from animal thinking to re-creations of various ecosystems. Kids will love the whole experience but will especially love ... read more
the hands-on barnyard petting zoo.

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Aliases: National Zoo, Smithsonian Zoo