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ZooLights

3001 Connecticut Ave NW, The Smithsonian National Zoo, Washington DC, DC 20008-2537
+1 202-633-4888
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New Year’s Day visit

I visited on day one of new year to checkout the zoo. There is no entry fee & the lights and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Abhishek C
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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The zoo wasn’t initially on my list of places to visit as I had a crammed itinerary but as it was... read more

Reviewed 30 January 2018
Godsgloriousworld
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London, United Kingdom
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ZooLights is a free event held at the National Zoo each year. From November's light-up launch day into early January, evenings at the zoo become a lot brighter. Colourful fairly lights are strung up around its paths and rest areas, with glowing animal and creature sculptures set around the park. Delightful for children especially, there is a light show set to music to be enjoyed each night. Everyone can appreciate the live musical performances scattered through the festivities, along with holiday stalls set up for shopping, getting a quick bite, or warming hands around hot cider or cocoa. Over 500,000 (environmentally-friendly!) LED lights dazzle, making the park a wonderland.
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3001 Connecticut Ave NW, The Smithsonian National Zoo, Washington DC, DC 20008-2537
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited on day one of new year to checkout the zoo. There is no entry fee & the lights and collection of animals was pretty good

Thank Abhishek C
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Reviewed 30 January 2018

The zoo wasn’t initially on my list of places to visit as I had a crammed itinerary but as it was Smithsonian, lit up with Christmas lights and opened long after all museums had shut for the day, I gave it a go. The lights...More

Thank Godsgloriousworld
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Reviewed 31 December 2017

We live in the neighborhood and can walk to the zoo and can avoid the parking fee that are the subject of many visitors' complaints. The seasonal lights are quite pretty, but don't expect to see many animals when its dark and cold.

Thank Robert L
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Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

We got Metro to Zoo. The lights are free and the indoor animals could be seen. When we ad finished at the far end of the back they had a free bus back to the top and then a free bus to the Metro. This...More

Thank WesUK-USA
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Reviewed 29 December 2017

I took our three children (14, 10 and 6) to ZooLights on 12/28/17. We all had a great time! The kids were excited to go to the zoo at night. We've been here many times during the day, but there was something mystical about going...More

1  Thank Samuelicus
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Reviewed 28 December 2017

Poorly organized, have seen much much better displays in other places, poor customer service, not worth to pay $22. parking fee. DONT GO!! Find another place that’s really worth going to see Christmas lights, this one is NOT!!

Thank Burkhard H
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Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile

It's free to view the lights BUT everything else is payed including parking, $22! They need those advertisements drug peddlers use to say ONLY the lights are free, everything else will cost you to participate. I understand charging for snacks and what not but the...More

Thank Kala J
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Reviewed 13 December 2017

The ZooLights were okay. I wouldn't go out of my way to go here but it's certainly worth the no-cost admission (assuming you didn't pay $22 to park) if you're looking to spend an hour or so outside and in-the-season.

Thank ForeverMaui
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Reviewed 29 November 2017

Horrible - terrible - no good very bad lights at a poorly organized zoo. $22 to park and then free to enter w/ way too many people who were equally confused by the disorganized staff and poor lighting and no signage. Stay home!

2  Thank bradenta
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Reviewed 26 November 2017

The Zoo is a great place to walk off the Thanksgiving meal. We opted to go after lunch so that we could stay for the start of Zoolights (at 5:00 PM). Parking was scarce by that time but we found a spot on the North...More

Thank Bob O
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