Plan your visit with interactive maps, animal information, demo schedules, and more!
Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Zoo is the nation's zoo. It is a 163-acre zoological park set amid Rock Creek National Park in the heart of Washington, D.C.
You can visit the Zoo 364 days a year to see 2,000 individual animals of 400 different species. Summer and Winter Hours.
Whether by car, bicycle, bus, or metro find out how to get to the Zoo.
Print or view an interactive Zoo Map.
Tourist information and activity sheets help you plan your visit.
Note: With the birth of Mei Xiang's cub, the Panda House is closed. Visitors can see Tian Tian when he is outdoors. The best viewing time is between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Red pandas will only be visible from the upper viewing area.
Something is always happening at the National Zoo. Daily programs include animal training, feeding demonstrations, and keeper talks.
Discover the must eat locations at the National Zoo.
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The National Zoo is a wonderful place to explore, learn, and relax. Our few rules help ensure an enjoyable and safe experience for all visitors.
We make every effort to accommodate visitors with physical disabilities.
With unique ways to amaze, inform, and entertain your guests, creating a memorable event is easy at the Zoo.
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.)
ATMs are located at the Visitor Center and Mane Restaurant.
Souvenir Zoo maps are available at the Visitor Center and information kiosks throughout the park for $2.
Public restrooms are located in Panda Plaza, next to the Zoo Police Station, inside the Visitor Center, at the Elephant Outpost, and inside Amazonia.
There are no lockers or other storage facilities for visitors at the National Zoo.
The Zoo does not have a kennel where visitors may leave pets during their visit. Pets are not permitted in the Zoo (except for assistance animals) and leaving your pet unattended in your vehicle is strongly discouraged.