Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Zoo, Park
3001 Connecticut Ave NW (at Hawthorne St NW)
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 633-4888
Monday
8:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday
8:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday
8:00am - 7:00pm
Friday
8:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday
8:00am - 7:00pm

Tips

  • The latest baby panda at the National Zoo was born Aug. 23, 2013. It's a girl born to Tian Tian and Mei Xiang. Washington pandarazzi will have to wait four months for an in-person look at the cub.
  • Be on the lookout for Black Squirrels. The animals were introduced by the Smithsonian National Zoological Park and can be a common sight in the city.
  • Its free and that's a plus in my book.
  • The animal that makes the most annoying & shrill sound is the young human. Their screams are enjoyed & understood by no man or woman.
  • The Zoo is a great way to spend a nice day. Take the metro to Cleveland or Woodley Park stations for less stress. Best part? It's free!
  • Use the Cleveland Park metro, then walk downhill instead of using Woodley Park and walking up.
  • Free admission, free parking, over 2,000 animals. What's not to love?
  • Created for the preservation of endangered animals indigenous to the U.S. This spacious and picturesque location was a significant innovation in zoo design by landscape Frederick Law Olmstead.
  • Bottled water - $3 each in Zoo but frz yogurt place across street sells it for 29 cents each
  • King Kong
  • If you have a toddler, bring the stroller. This zoo is twice the size of the one in Baltimore. Great place for kids and adults..if you want to save some money car pool...0-3 hrs is $16 for parking...
  • Fun .......
  • Make sure to see the otters!!
  • Simply known as the National Zoo, this is one of the oldest zoos in the U.S. Here, youll find features such as the Giant Panda Habitat, Great Ape House, and Lion/Tiger Hill. The best part? Its free!
  • You've heard about the giant pandas, but did you know there are kid play areas by the farm animal and ground hog exhibits? Powered by ParentsConnect.com
  • If you like the zoo but hate the throngs, go early. Zoo grounds open at 6am, and many animals are active then, esp. in summer (See link). Indoor exhibits (and great cats) don't open until 10am though.
  • I love pandas!!!!
  • Check out the Smithsonian Castle built with 45,000 Lego bricks. It's on display in the visitor center during ZooLights!
  • ZooLights 2012 ... 500,000 lights, train rides, Santa Paws dancing in a giant, snow globe, an 8-foot LEGO model of the Smithsonian Castle, zoo tubing, glow sticks, hot cider and kettle corn. Yes!
  • Find and hang out by the 'O Line', watch the Orangutans as they 'commute' from home to work above your head!

Nearby places

3001 Connecticut Ave NW (at Asia Trail)
3001 Connecticut Ave NW
3001 Connecticut Ave NW