Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



WheelChair & Stroller Rentals

Strollers, wheelchairs, and electronic vehicles are available to rent; ask at any information kiosk throughout the park for location. (FONZ members at the Household level and above receive a discount on stroller rentals.)

  Members Nonmembers
Single Stroller $6 $9
Double Stroller $9 $12
Wheelchair (non-motorized) Free Free
Electronic Vehicle $25 $30


We make every effort to accommodate visitors with physical disabilities.

Social Narratives

Social narratives are resource guides for individuals with cognitive disabilities and are useful as a pre-visit guide to animal areas within the park. The social narratives highlight what visitors may encounter while touring the zoo. In addition to showcasing animals in the collection, these guides also provide information on quiet areas, educational demonstrations, hands-on activities, and artistic works. We encourage you to use the social narratives as an educational resource, or to enhance school field trips to the Zoo.

Reserved Parking

Parking spaces are reserved for disabled guests in Lots A, B, and D. (See map.)

Wheelchair and Electronic Vehicle Rental

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 non-motorized wheelchairs.

Electronic convenience vehicles are available for a rental fee of $25 a day for FONZ members and $30 for non-members at the Visitor Center and the Information Stations at Panda Plaza and Lion/Tiger Hill. They are available on a first-come first-served basis. A state-issued driver's license is required to rent and operate an electronic convenience vehicle.

Wheelchair Access

All Zoo exhibits are wheelchair-accessible. However, please be aware that the Zoo is located on hilly terrain in Rock Creek Park.

In the Visitor Center lobby, a lift gives wheelchair users access to restrooms, water fountains, the Asia Trail shop, and "How Do You Zoo?" Restrooms located along Olmsted Walk are accessible.


During the busier season (beginning in June), a free shuttle picks up visitors in need of a lift at Kids' Farm and drops them off at Panda Plaza/Bus Lot on the hour from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Tours for visitors with hearing or visual impairments may be arranged on a Saturday or Sunday morning by calling 202.633.3025 (voice) at least 4 to 6 weeks in advance.

Service Animals

Zoo welcomes service animals. However, such animals must be walked to another area of the park in the unlikely event that Zoo animals become disturbed. Service animals may not present a safety concern for other visitors and must remain under control.

If you need any assistance, please ask at any Information Station or Parking Booth.

For more information about disabled visitor access to the National Zoo, please call the Guest Services Office at 202.633.4480 or email.