National Zoo Maps and Directions

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    Maps, Transportation Options and Exhibits at the National Zoo

    National Zoo Map
    Map Data © Google

    This map shows the location and entrances for the National Zoo in Washington DC. The Zoo is located just south of Rock Creek Park, approximately 2.5 miles north of the National Mall at 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW.  There are three entrances:

    • East side along Connecticut Avenue
    • West side off of Rock Creek Parkway
    • intersection of Harvard Street and Adams Mill Road

    The Zoo entrances are shown on this map by the green circles and the parking lot entrance is shown by the blue circle. 

    Getting to the National Zoo

    By Metro - The closest Metro stations are Woodley Park and Cleveland Park. The zoo is just a short walk from the rail stations.

    By Metrobus - L1 and L2 Metrobuses stop in front of the zoo's main entrance on Connecticut Avenue

    By Car - The main entrance to the Zoo is located off of Connecticut Avenue, between Cathedral Ave NW and Devonshire Pl NW. Connecticut Avenue is a major street that runs that Washington DC, beginning downtown and extending beyond I-495 in Maryland.  From Maryland, take I-495 to MD-185S- Connecticut Avenue and continue south towards Washington. From Virginia, take the George Washington Memorial Pkwy to 12th St NW in Washington, continue onto 12th St NW to Connecticut Ave NW. 

    Parking is available at the Zoo for $25. Parking is free with some levels of FONZ membership.

    By Bike- Capital Bikeshare has a kiosk at 3000 Connecticut Avenue directly in front of the zoo entrance

    Want to know more details about what to see as you walk at the Zoo? See a closeup map of the animal exhibits on the next page.

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    Closeup Map of the National Zoo and Animal Exhibits

    National Zoo Map
    Map Data © Google

    This map shows trails along the major animal exhibits at the National Zoo. Here are some of the highlights:

    • Small Mammal House - Small mammals include rodents, insectivores, bats, slender-tailed meerkats, striped skunks and smaller primates such as golden lion tamarins, Geoffroy's marmosets, and howler monkeys
    • Great Apes - Orangutans and western lowland gorillas 
    • Great Cats Exhibit - Sumatran tigers and African lions
    • Rainforest - Underwater life of the Amazon including giant arapaima, pacu, red-tailed catfish, and piranhas

    All Zoo exhibits are wheelchair-accessible. The Zoo operates a guest shuttle that runs on a continuous loop from the Bus Parking Lot to the lower entrance of the Zoo and back.

    For more information about the Zoo, see Visit the National Zoo in Washington, DC

    See a larger map that shows the location of the National Zoo within the city.

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    Location of National Zoo in Washington DC

    National Zoo Map
    Map Data © Google

    This map shows the location of the National Zoo. It is located in the center of Washington DC, just south of Rock Creek Park, approximately 2.5 miles north of the National Mall. The Zoo address is 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW.

    Looking for more Washington, DC information? Start with the Washington, DC Home Page, where you'll find current features and an in depth guide to everything you want to know about the DC/Capital region.