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National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Avenue NorthWest
Cleveland Park
DC
20008
Tel: 202.633.4800

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The National Zoo is a beautiful urban park offering family fun and excitement, stimulating education programs, and a peaceful place to enjoy nature. There is something new to discover on every visit.
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    I lived in DC for a long time and was regular visitor. This beautiful zoo is conveniently located just a few blocks from the red line on metro. Being part of the Smithsonian means that it is yet another free attraction.

    The zoo is well laid out on a very hilly area, just on the outskirts of Rock Creek park. With informational signage and frequent keeper led informational talks, in various areas, you don't just get to see beautiful animals, but learn along the way.

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    Horrible experience! The worst zoo I ever even to. I understand it is a non-profit zoo but the zoo was horrible. No animals seen in the first 5 cages. The landscape was overgrown and was keep uptight. The zoo was also under construction but it seems like the zoo was just just there just because. Other than that, for a national zoo to be in the DC area, and for it to have an appearance like that was unacceptable.

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    The DC Zoo is beautiful and fun! The staff and volunteers are knowledgeable and helpful.

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    Absolutely wonderful for family!

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    typical zoo stuff... stuffed animals, back scratchers, huge pencils.

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by Veda Taylor

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I lived in DC for a long time and was regular visitor. This beautiful zoo is conveniently located just a few blocks from the red line on metro. Being part of the Smithsonian means that it is yet another free attraction.

The zoo is well laid out on a very hilly area, just on the outskirts of Rock Creek park. With informational signage and frequent keeper led informational talks, in various areas, you don't just get to see beautiful animals, but learn along the way.

There are drink and snack carts throughout, as well as a couple locations to sit and eat. The fare is pretty standard, unhealthy and over-priced zoo fare. Personally, with so many restaurants in walking distance of the zoo, I would say eat before, after, or pack a lunch.

The cons of this zoo is that funding is sometimes lacking for updates that would make it more comfortable and more interactive. It is one of the older zoos in the US and as such, is often undergoing construction. Because they care for the safety and peace of the animals, that tends to mean no animals near the construction. The other aspect is walking. If you're not in shape when you go, you may be when you leave. The park is accessible, but not easy to walk with little ones or disabilities, due to the hills.

If you're not from DC, do note that it has a widely varying climate. That means that when it is too hot or cold for the animals, they may not be available for viewing. With a little research about feeding times and climate, you can make the most of the your trip. Contact FONZ or check the website for cool behind the scenes and learning classes.

I would definitely recommend this zoo to anyone visiting the area.

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