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The National Zoo is open every day of the year except December 25. ADMISSION IS FREE!
|Exhibit Buildings||10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (4:30 in winter*)|
|Grounds||6 a.m. to 8 p.m. (6 in winter*)|
|Visitor Center, Shops, and Concessions||9 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
|Last Admittance||7 p.m. (summer only)|
|*Winter hours in effect from November to March.|
On occasion, the National Zoo closes early to host special events. In 2013, the Zoo will close early on these dates. Other dates and additional details will be posted when they are available.
Cheetahs, zebras, gazelles, oryx, Przewalski's horses, lions, tigers, birds, and many other animals can be seen outside much of the time, and many more animals are on exhibit throughout the day in our air-conditioned and heated buildings (including the Reptile Discovery Center, Invertebrate Exhibit, Small Mammal House, Bird House, and Amazonia).
The best time to see giant pandas is between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The Zoo is a popular destination and parking lots fill quickly, so we encourage you to arrive early in the day before animal buildings open or take Metro to the Zoo during peak attendance times.