Trip Planner:   USA  /  District of Columbia  /  Washington DC  /  Zoos & Aquariums  /  National Zoological Park

National Zoological Park, Washington DC

(3.5/5 based on 3,200+ reviews on the web)
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. Plan to visit National Zoological Park during your Washington DC vacation using our convenient Washington DC trip itinerary maker.
Create a full Washington DC itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Washington DC

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Washington DC by other users

5 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, kids, culture, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, kids, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 30 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, culture, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: February, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM CANADA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM CANADA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, kids, culture, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: April, kids, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 9 days in Arlington & Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, kids, culture, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: March, kids, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 22 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Washington DC & New York City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, teens, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: April, teens, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • My husband and I enjoyed the zoo. It was large, clean, and the animal looked very well cared for. Best of all no admission cost. One of the better zoo to visit. It's a must do if you are in D.C. 
  • There's a lovely carousel and the grounds are attractive. However, both times I visited I saw very few animals, Parking is relatively expensive. Travel by metro when possible. 
  • We live in a small town, and our local zoo is nice, but we don't have the exotic animals. So, when we come to Washington, DC, we have planned a stop at the zoo at least 2 times. The highlight for us i...  more »