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Want to get the most out of your trip to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo? Make your Zoo visit even more memorable with a guided tour! Expert guides will offer insight to the animal world with engaging stories, interesting facts and animal observations.
With three different tour options, one is sure to suit your needs and interests. (And if you want an even more unique experience, visit our Behind-the-Scenes tour page). Our tours are offered year-round, are wheelchair accessible, and are guaranteed to be no larger than 10 people per group. What’s more, ticket proceeds support educational programming at the Zoo!
The Zoo has so much to offer that it’s nearly impossible to see it all in one day, but our two-hour walking Highlights Tour is a great way to get the best out of the Zoo in a limited period of time. This is the most extensive tour available, covering the largest number of Zoo exhibits.
Want to spend more time learning about animals and less time walking? Join our Upper Zoo walking tour. The two-hour Upper Zoo Tour allows visitors to really get to know the animals in the three exhibits closest to the Visitor Center.
Have little zoogoers? Take them on a tour designed especially for them. This experience is best for children age 4 to 7 accompanied by an adult. You’ll spend part of your time in a classroom and part of your time in the Zoo—together about 90 minutes.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
All tours are offered every Saturday and Sunday at 9:45 a.m. and depart from the National Zoo Visitor Center lobby. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Tickets: Tickets are $10 per person. Children under three are free, although you must still reserve a slot for each child.
Helpful Tips: Wear comfortable shoes and prepare for the weather. This is an outdoor tour. The National Zoo is built on a hill, so be prepared for a walk back up the hill at the end of your tour.
Getting here: We encourage visitors to use Metro to get to the Zoo. Parking is very limited and may not be available after 9:30 a.m. Parking is not included in the price of your ticket. For more tips on getting to the National Zoo, click here.
Contact Lois Phoebus at 202-633-3056 or email.