3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Operating Season: Year ‘Round (closed Christmas Day)
The National Zoo (also known as The Nation’s Zoo) is a 163-acre zoological park located in the heart of Washington, DC (about 20 minutes from the National Mall by Metro (Washington, DC’s mass transit system)). The zoo has 2,000 animals of 400 different species and is best known for the Giant Panda Habitat.
It takes several hours to see all of the animals and exhibits at The National Zoo so make plans to arrive early. Parking is $16 for the first 3 hours and $22 for more than 3 hours. Space is very limited — especially during the months of April and May (the parking lot usually fills up by 10:30AM during those months). Tour bus parking is extremely limited as well.
The zoo is FREE to visit. If you have a small group for your family reunion (10 or less), consider a private walking tour led by a volunteer Zoo guide. The cost is $40 and the service is available on weekend mornings. To discuss tours or to schedule a tour, call (202) 633-3056 or (202) 633-3061.
The zoo features plenty of places to satisfy your palette.
Single strollers ($9), double strollers ($12), wheelchairs (FREE) and electric scooters ($30) are available for rent at the information kiosks.
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