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The National Zoo

Part of the prestigious Smithsonian Institution, The National Zoo in Washington, DC, is spread out over 160 acres and features over 400 special species of animals. With many different unique habitats, the National Zoo is an ideal attraction for families to explore. The most popular exhibit is the world-famous Giant Pandas, Tian Tian and Mei Xiang. 



8:00 AM -7:00 PM (April - October), 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM (November-March) 




  • See Over 400 Animal Species 
  • Educational Programs 
  • Guided Tours 
  • Dining and Shopping 
  • Special Events and Celebrations 

Parking, Directions, And Public Transit

Parking is available at the zoo for $25, but it does fill up fast during the spring and summer months so come early! Alternatively, you can take the Metro's Red Line to the Cleveland Park stop and the zoo will be a short walk away.  

Interesting Facts

About one-fifths of the zoo's animals are actually endangered species. Some of these animals include the Western Lowland Gorilla, Panamanian Golden Frog, Asian Elephant, and Scimitar-horned Oryx.