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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 p.m. closing in winter*)|
|Grounds||6 a.m. to 8 p.m. (6 p.m. closing in winter*)|
|Shops||9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (10 a.m. opening in winter*)|
|Visitor Center and Concessions||9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (4:30 p.m. closing in winter*)|
*Winter hours begin early November and run thru end of March. Exact dates may vary each year. Please check back for updates.
|Visitor Center & Exhibit Buildings||9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (4 p.m. closing in winter*)|
|Grounds||8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (5 p.m. closing in winter*)|
|Concessions||9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (4:30 p.m. closing in winter*)|
*Winter hours begin October 1 and run through March 15.
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 the Metro to the Zoo during peak attendance times.
On occasion, the National Zoo closes early to host special events. This information is subject to change. Please check back prior to your visit.
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, 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.