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Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Washington DC

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Take a trip to Smithsonian 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 Smithsonian National Zoological Park during your Washington DC vacation using our convenient Washington DC trip itinerary maker.
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  • Out of all the Smithsonian affiliates, the zoo is my favorite site. Most zoos are very expensive but this zoo offers a great experience for free. You can see most of the animals a majority of the time...  more »
  • Zoo is great - my favorites were the sea lions, seals & otters - but I wish someone had warned me just how much walking/climbing was involved in this zoo trip. My fit bit registered about 14k steps ju...  more »
  • We had a great time wandering around this park, such a well-maintained facility with so much to see and learn. This wasn't at the top of our list, but absolutely ended up being one of our favorites! A...  more »