CLOSURE NOTICE: The outdoor flight aviary by the Bird House is now closed as part of ongoing renovations to the Bird House exhibit.

Summer Hours


Grounds: 8 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Visitor Center: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Exhibit Buildings: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Amazonia and Bird House open at 10 a.m.
Concessions: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Winter hours run Oct. 1-March 14 View all hours and early closing dates.


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Getting to the Zoo

The Smithsonian's National Zoo is located in the heart of Northwest Washington, DC and spans 163 acres. There are several entrances to the Zoo and all are pedestrian and vehicle-friendly.

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