Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



Guided Tours

Guided Tours

All tours are offered every Saturday and Sunday at 9:45 a.m. and depart from the National Zoo Visitor Center lobby.

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 available for a fee. For more tips on getting to the National Zoo, click here.

To schedule a tour or for questions, contact Lois Phoebus at 202-633-3056 or by email.

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.

Our tours are offered year-round, are wheelchair accessible, and are guaranteed to be no larger than 10 people per group.

Highlights Tour

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.

  • See the Zoo's most interesting animals—cheetahs, Asian elephants, golden lion tamarins, Aldabra tortoises, lions, and Andean bears—to name just a few!
  • Have a trained guide answer your questions
  • Learn how the Zoo takes care of its animals
  • Hear firsthand how the Smithsonian's National Zoo is working to save species