The National Zoo in Washington DC

Zoo Closest Metro Stops:
Cleveland Park Zoo
Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Zoo
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Zoo Admission: Free

Zoo Phone: (202) 633-4888

Zoo Website:

Zoo Address: 3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20008

The National Zoo is located right in between Cleveland Park Station and Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Station. Both stations are on the Red Line of the Metro System. Although the zoo entrance lies halfway between both stations, it is recommended that you take Metro to Cleveland Park Station because it is a downhill walk to the zoo. It is an uphill walk of the same distance if you take the Metro to the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Station. It is a 7 to 10 minute walk from each station.

When exiting the Cleveland Park Station, take the exit on the east side of the street and walk south, toward the Uptown movie theater and the restaurants that line Connecticut Avenue (away from 7-11 and the Exxon station). The National Zoo is on the east side of the street, about three blocks from the stop, after a bridge and just past a large apartment building.

National Zoo in Washington DC

From Cleveland Park Station
Approximately 0.5 miles, 10 mins
Zoo Walk southeast on Connecticut Ave NW toward Newark St NW. Turn left

From Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Station
Approximately 0.4 miles, 7 mins
Zoo Walk northwest on Connecticut Ave NW toward Woodley Rd NW. Turn right

The National Zoo is a great place to spend the day with family and friends. There is something for everyone. There are hands on activities for the kids, animals galore, and amazing botanical specimens. Be prepared to walk uphill, downhill and all around. During the summer, don't forget hats, sunglasses, sun block and cold drinks. Pack a lunch and eat in the shade of the wisteria pergola on the steps of the sea lion exhibit. Strollers for the little ones will make your visit more enjoyable. In some buildings, strollers must be left outside of the building due to space limitations. It will take about four hours to see the whole zoo.

Bicycles, Skates, or Skateboards are prohibited on all pedestrian walkways at the zoo. Only people in wheelchairs and kids in strollers get to ride around the National Zoo. Smoking is also prohibited in the public areas at the zoo.

Can we bring food into the National Zoo?

Yes, the National Zoo is a great place to picnic. Also, you can purchase food inside the Zoo. The meal menus range from burgers, hot dogs, and pizzas to grilled chicken sandwiches, made-to-order subs, and salads, as well as snack foods like Dippin' Dots and frozen treats and hot pretzels.

There are many food vendors throughout the park. There are two large outdoor eating areas: the Panda Plaza (in the upper section of the Zoo) and the Picnic Pavilion (in the lower section). Also, there are many smaller seating areas throughout the Zoo. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Can I get a wheelchair or stroller?

Non-motorized wheelchairs are available from the Visitor Center Information Desk (near Lot A) and the Information Stations at Panda Plaza (Lots A/B) and Lion/Tiger Hill (Lot D). There is no charge for wheelchairs. All Zoo exhibits are wheelchair-accessible. However, be aware that the Zoo is located on hilly terrain in Rock Creek Park.

Visitors can rent a single or double stroller; ask at any information kiosk throughout the park for locations. There is a storage compartment behind the strollers. FONZ members receive a discount on stroller rentals. The member rates are $3 for a single stroller and $4 for a double stroller. The nonmember rate is $9 for a single stroller and $12 for a double stroller.

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