• National Zoological Park
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National Zoological Park

Type: Family Friendly, Zoos

Map / Directions 10Best Says

Lions, monkeys and elephants, oh my! Located in Northwest Washington, D.C., The National Zoological Park features a variety of mammals, reptiles and amphibians. The stars of the show are the pandas,...  Read More


Map / Directions Hours:

  • Apr - Oct  Daily 10am-6pm
  • Nov - Mar  Daily 10am-4:30pm

Map / Directions Admissions:

  • Free;
    $10 - $20

  • Outdoor Activities, Sightseeing: "While the zoo buildings don't open until 10 a.m., you can still come early to see some animals in their outdoor environments."
  • Free Things to Do: "While the buildings don't open until 10 a.m., you can still go early to see animals kept outdoors like the pandas and lion."
  • Best Attractions & Activities: "Come before the 10 a.m. opening. The buildings will not be open but you can see many animals in their outdoor habitats and you most likely will get a good parking spot."
  • Things to Do with Kids: "Come before the 10 a.m. opening to see animals that have outdoor exhibits before the crowd show up."
  • Best for Outdoor Activities Because: See some of the world's most fascinating mammals, reptiles and amphibians in one of the best zoos in the country.
  • Best for Free Things to Do Because: Have you ever seen another free zoo with this caliber of animals? Not likely.
  • Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: Two words: Panda bears. The National Zoological Park is one of just a few places in the country to host pandas.
  • Best for Sightseeing Because: Few zoos in the United States have pandas so be sure to get some pictures of the four-legged cuties.
  • Best for Things to Do with Kids Because: Where else in the U.S. can you see mammals, reptiles and amphibians from around the world for free?

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