National Zoological Park, Washington DC

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#2 of 22 in Parks in Washington DC
Take a trip to National Zoological Park, home to about 1,800 animals of 300 different species--including its famous giant pandas. The nation's zoo covers 66 hectares (163 acres) with habitats for lions, bald eagles, poisonous frogs, Asian elephants, meerkats, orangutans, pythons, sloth bears, and more. Volunteers in red shirts are on hand around the zoo for advice and information about the animals. If you get hungry, you can choose from several food outlets or bring your own picnic. You can plan Washington DC trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • WE spent a very hot but pleasurable afternoon visiting the National Zoological Park. We try not to miss any local zoos when visiting and this did not disappoint.  more »
  • There were much better trails at this zoo as compared with others. There were exhibits of the cheetah, and a really good exhibit for elephants. The other nice thing this zoo had was several eating pla...  more »
  • Brilliant day out at the Zoo - its completely free which is brilliant considering the animals the zoo houses - tighers, pandas, lions etc.  more »
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  • I gave the zoo a Five 🌟 stars because it's almost like a fairy tale date I could take my wife I thought when I visited, plenty of space for enjoying every minute. Also because I herd from the grape vine that they will be making the corridors where they keep the animals bigger so they can roam like in there nature of natural animal instincts, made me feel better that the animals are not caged in a box all day. GREAT!!!
  • Great zoo, the layout is a wonderful change from many zoos I've been to - feels like a park more than a zoo. Lots of walking but it's free to get in. Parking lots fill up quickly - I recommend booking a spot beforehand with the zoo or a parking app to ensure you get a spot. Plenty of food options & places to rest as needed. I went for the Giant Pandas & was not disappointed, awesome to see some of the more rare animals.
  • Fantastic place for kids and adults. Free admission. Many great animals to see. You can easily spend a day here. Street parking is free or you can park at the zoo for $20 or so. Great panda bears area. Many learning areas for kids. Make sure to bring quarters and pennies if you want to make commemorative coins. Check their website for special events.
  • How much better can it get than a free zoo with a ton of animals to see inside? The animal exhibits were very fun to walk around and explore. Parking at the zoo is $20+ if you can't find parking in the street. If you know an animal lover, this should be high on their list of things to do.
  • I loved going to the zoo! It was great fun for a casual walk and you can never beat something that is free. If you want it to REALLY be free, park away and take a little walk to get inside the zoo. It was great to see the animals. Very family friendly.

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