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Smithsonian National Zoological Park - Washington, DC
Smithsonian National Zoological Park
Category: Family / Kids
Embassy Row, Washington, DC, 20008 202-633-4888

Get Wild at the National Zoological Park

The Smithsonian's National Zoo is located in the heart of Northwest Washington, DC and spans 163 acres. This world-class zoo is famous for one very special attraction - Giant Pandas! Yet, the zoo is also home to nearly 1,800 other animals from 300 different species. Bring the family and spend the day admiring and learning about great apes, big cats, Asian elephants, birds, amphibians, reptiles and small mammals. Visitors from around the world make it a point to include the Washington, DC zoo on their "must see" list of attractions.


Prices -

Admission is always free.

Hours -

The zoo is open every day of the year except December 25. Zoo grounds are open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily, except in winter when the zoo closes at 5:00 p.m.


  • Brew At The Zoo
  • Grapes With The Apes
  • Giant Panda Birthday Party


  • Birthday Parties
  • Kid's Farm Month
  • Educational Events
  • ZooFari
  • Lectures & Symposia
  • Boo At The Zoo


  • Can I have a birthday party at the zoo?

    Celebrate your child's birthday party at the National Zoo and support the Zoo's conservation and education efforts. Your child and your child's friends will have an unforgettable day as they put on their safari hats and join our expert tour guides to explore the Zoo! Birthday parties are two hours long and are for children ages four to eight. Birthday parties are very popular, and dates often book up several months in advance.
  • What animals will I see at the zoo?

    The zoo's most famous residents are, of course, the Giant Pandas. However, you will be able to see many more animals during your visit - nearly 1,800 to be exact! Great apes including six Western Lowland Gorillas call the zoo home, as well as big cats like Sumatran tigers and African lions. Six Asian elephants are waiting to greet you, along with a variety of exotic birds, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals.

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