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National Zoo, Fairfax
National Zoo
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly, Virginia, 20151 877-635-1775
Category: Activities
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The National Zoo in DC

With a mission of education and conservation, the Smithsonian National Zoological Park is one of Washington, DC's best public treasures. Spend a whole day exploring this family-friendly attraction in a beautiful, peaceful setting. Learn about the planet's wildlife through dynamic exhibits like the Cheetah Conservation Station and the Think Tank, which researches the language and communication systems of highly intelligent, social animals like orangutans and macaques. Visitors can also enjoy delicious dining choices in one of the many restaurants, and take home a special souvenir from the gift shop. BEST WESTERN Fairfax hotel near the National Zoo, is only a half-hour away.


Prices -

 Admission is FREE.

Hours -

 The Zoo is open every day except Christmas Day. The grounds are open 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. in Winter, and 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. in Summer.


  • Zoofari
  • Brew at the Zoo
  • Boo at the Zoo


  • Animal exhibits
  • Guided tours
  • Zoo Shops
  • Exhibit Buildings
  • Dining and concessions


  • How big is the National Zoo and where is it located?

    The Smithsonian National Zoological Park is 163 acres. It's in Rock Creek Park, in the northeastern part of Washington, DC. Both the Metro bus and Metro rail have stops near the Zoo. Cleveland Park and Woodley Park Metro stops are a short walk away from the Zoo entrance.
  • What kind of animals are featured at the Zoo?

    About 300 species are represented by over 1,800 creatures at the National Zoo. The most well known Zoo residents are the Giant Pandas from China, but the Zoo is also home to Asian elephants, American bison, great cats, reptiles, invertebrates and much more. Children will love a visit to the Kids' Farm, where they can pet barnyard critters like goats and alpacas, and romp in the Giant Pizza Playground!

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