Zoos & Wildlife

Smithsonian National Zoo

Washington, DC

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Address: 3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA Number: 202.633.4800 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

Here's what we love about Smithsonian National Zoo in the heart of Washington, DC.

First, we LOVE that there are over 1,500 animals that kids can come face to face with. Second, we LOVE that over 300 different species are represented, which means that kids can really enjoy a valuable learning experience of all the wildlife that we have on this planet!

Want to know the third thing we love about Smithsonian National Zoo - It's FREE!

So, do you love Smithsonian National Zoo yet, great, keep reading!

The zoo was founded in 1889, and today sits on 163 acres within Rock Creek Park, and not only teaches kids about the animals, their habits, and their habitats, but it also teaches them about conservation, as some of the world's most endangered species can be found at Smithsonian National Zoo.

So, shall we meet the animals!? The zoo has a number of exhibits that feature a host of beautiful creatures. Kids can see those grand big cats including the African lion, and see how clever those primates really are.

The wonders of Asia are waiting to be explored as you pass those adorable pandas, leopards, and even the cute sloth bears!

Even the icons of America are on show, with those classic American bison, and popular sea lions.

With a fun interactive kid farm, and great events across the year, it's no wonder Smithsonian National Zoo is where a lot of families head on their family day out, so will you be next?

It's WILD!

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Much of the zoo is outside so dress for the weather

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Keep an eye on the fun events they have, including ZooLights for the holidays, and Easter fun!

I'm Hungry!


There are a host of dining options at the zoo, so it's not just the animals that will get fed! There are hot dogs, sit down restaurants, seafood, sandwiches, nuggets, burgers, and those tasty treats!

Healthy Eating You are more than welcome to bring your own food, and there are tables throughout where you can enjoy them!

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Classes, sleepovers, camps, there is so much to enjoy at the zoo that kids can learn about, also with programs for K-8

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The Great Cats Gift Shop is why you will want to take your pocket money to the zoo! There are a host great gifts and souvenirs to take home!

Need a little extra help?


The zoo make every effort to accommodate all visitors, and they offer free wheelchairs on a first come basis

Click here for lots more great things to do near you in District of Columbia

Baby Facilities

You can rent strollers at the zoo

When can we go?

8am - 7pm (5pm in winter) for the grounds. Exhibits 9am - 6pm.

Open every day except Dec 25

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