National Zoo, Washington, District of Columbia

3001 Connecticut Ave, Washington, District of Columbia 20008

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Visitors can park and enter the grounds beginning at 8:30 am. The Visitor Center and Panda Plaza open at 9 am daily.


Address: 3001 Connecticut Ave, Washington, District of Columbia 20008

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Phone: 202-633-4800
URL: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/
Hours: Apr-Oct: Mon-Sun 10 am - 6 pm. Nov-Mar: Mon-Sun 10 am - 4:30 pm. Closed on Christmas Day.
Price: Free

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  • Visited: June 2013
  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2013
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Free Family Fun at the Zoo

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Tips for Families

* Parking is limited, so it may be easiest to take the red line on the Metro to the Woodley Park station. From there, it’s just a short walk to the zoo entrance, though it is uphill. There’s a McDonald’s near the station entrance, so it’s a good place to stop in for an ice cream cone after a day at the zoo. * The zoo is situated on a hill, so if you park your car in the back, you start your day at the zoo going uphill and come back down when it’s time to go home. If you take the Metro, you go downhill first, so keep this in mind when you’ve got weary zoo-goers and it’s time to head back up the hill to go home. * Food at the zoo is pricey, so pack a picnic lunch. There are plenty of areas for families to sit and eat.

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  • Visited: August 2013
  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2013
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Fantastic Free Zoo

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Tips for Families

Go early in the morning to beat the heat and the crowds. Grab a map when you get there and try to do a loop if you can so that you'll end up back at the main entrance. Although there are other exits, not all lead to a place that is convenient to the Metro or to a place where it's easy to hail a cab. If you exit from the main entrance, you can easily get back to the Woodley Park / Adams Morgan Metro station.

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Find a suite-style hotel with separate sleeping areas for kids and parents.

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Take a cab to 2Amy's pizza (a mile from the Cleveland Park Metro stop) for authentic Neapolitan pizza that is deserving of its rank as one of the top 50 pizzas in the country. Truly excellent and worth the cab fare.

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  • Visited: April 2013
  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2013
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A great zoo, but a lot of walking

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bring a stroller for young ones

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Washington, District of Columbia

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  • Visited: March 2013
  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2013
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Great Outing for Families

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1) If you have young kids, don't expect to cover the entire Zoo in one visit. 2) Parking in the D lots (bottom of the hill) is plentiful, and it puts you closer to the Pizza Garden/Kid's Farm area of the zoo, but it means a long uphill walk to see the pandas. 3) Bring your own food. It is allowed andquite frankly, anything you bring will be better than what the Zoo sells. 3) If you live in the area, it is worth it to be a FONZ member. Not only is parking free, but you often get early previews at new attractions, first priority tickets for some of the big Zoo events like ZooLights and Boo at the Zoo.

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  • Visited: April 2011
  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2013
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National Zoo: One Of DC's Best Kid Attractions

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Tips for Families

Study an online map before you go to help decide where to park along this vertical layout (you may not have a choice on busy days). At the very bottom there's a children's farm, popular among the youngest.

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