National Zoological Park, Washington DC

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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 went to one day was 1oC. Hard for me to imagine animals wanting to appear. I couldn't face. But I saw a lot. Pandas were in outside paseando happy. Lions were doing a roaring concert to see who roared louder. There were several things that I liked. Where everything seemed very quiet, reptiles, elephants, zoo volunteers found that talked with me, innermost of the animals. Adoreiiiiiii. Well, I'm a vet, I love knowing how much an elephant drinks, eats, poops and pees and breaks, where you were born, how long did it take you to make what you like to do more, to eat ... and still thinking enclosure, where they study the behavior of primates. every thing from beyond ameiiiiiiii
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  • We walked to the zoo, and it was very easy right down Connecticut Avenue. Easy to get in, and easy to walk around. Wonderful exhibits, and a few stands for eating. I loved the tiger's area and the gor...  more »
  • There are a lot of great things about the Zoo. So many different animals to see from all over the world. The National Zoo has done a great deal of renovating over the past few years. There is a huge n...  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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