Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo




Special thanks to the Savers Family of Thrift Superstores (Unique and Value Village) for providing decorative items for our Boo at the Zoo vignettes.

$62.53 million raised; 78.2% of $80 million goal

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FAQ About Boo at the Zoo

What age range would you suggest is appropriate for this event?

This is a child friendly event – we try to keep things BOO-tacular with a little less freight as to not scare the little ones. The best suggested age ranges for child attendees is 4 – 12.

Who needs to purchase a ticket?

All guests ages 2 and over, adults included need to purchase a ticket. With that being said, all ticket buyers receive a souvenir treat bag to enjoy trick or treating.

How can I avoid the surcharge fees?

Purchase your tickets directly at the zoo. Tickets and parking passes are available at the Front Desk of the Visitors Center at the National Zoo from 10AM to 4PM daily.

Some tickets may also be available the night of the event in the following locations:

The Main Connecticut Avenue Entrance

The bus drop-off point past Parking Lot A on your right

The bottom entrance to the Zoo near Harvard street

What time should I arrive?

The entire zoo will be closed to the public and Boo at the Zoo guests by 4pm on each night of Boo at the Zoo so we can make final preparations and treat deliveries to each station safely. Each of the registration points will start allowing ticket holders into the zoo at 5:30pm promptly.

If I am driving to the zoo – where can I enter?

Only the Connecticut Avenue entrance will be open for vehicles. The entrances from Rock Creek Parkway and Harvard Street will be CLOSED. Please note, only guests with a parking pass will be permitted to enter the zoo with their vehicle.

I’m taking metro, but that is a long walk, is there a shuttle?

Yes, there is! Complimentary shuttle service will be provided to and from Woodley Park metro station to our Bus Lot area where there is a registration point.

If I chose to walk – where can I enter?

The Connecticut Avenue and Harvard Street entrance will be open. However, the Harvard Street Bridge is open to pedestrians ONLY.

What happens if it rains?

The show will go on! In the event of extremely, severe weather please check our website.

What is included in the ticket price?

Admission for all guests includes a special souvenir treat bag, treats from a variety of treat stations, evening access to the certain animal houses and interactions with our animal interpreters.

What is not included in the ticket price?

Food for dinner! But meals will be available for purchase on Friday at the Mane Grill (across from Lion-Tiger Hill) and Panda Grill (near the bus stop). Saturday and Sunday evening ONLY the Mane Grill will be open. All three nights our adult trick-or-treaters can stop across the walkway from our Small Mammal House entrance where adult beverages will be available for purchase.

Merchandise items. We will have fun light-up products for sale which will be available at Panda Market and near hte Great Cats Gift Shop.

Conservation Carousel rides. It will be running each evening and tickets are $3 per rider.

Additional activities include caricaturists, handimals, and staged photography. Prices vary according to the activity.

Parking is not included.

Will we be able to see animals?

Yes, some of our animals may be sleeping, but most of the animal exhibits will be open including: Bird House, Elephant Community Center, Small Mammal House, Great Apes, Reptile Discovery Center, Invertebrates, Think Tank, Great Cats and Kid’s Farm. Unfortunately, due to the time of day our pandas are already resting for the evening and the house will not be open.

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