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This is no ordinary camping trip!

Imagine falling asleep to the sounds of the wolves howling or being awakened by the bark of the sea lions at play. It can be so when you come spend the night at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo! It’s the best way to see the Zoo’s animals after hours and have the park all to yourself.

Perch your tent on Lion/Tiger Hill and prepare for a wild time! Your overnight begins with an exclusive keeper-led tour of an exhibit area. Throughout the event enjoy games, activities, and a walk through the Zoo. You’ll also receive a breakfast snack!

There are two Snore & Roar options, one for families, and one for adults-only. Adults without children may register for either, however please be aware that the educational activities associated with the family programs are geared towards groups with children from 6 to teen. If you prefer a more mature audience, we recommend an adult-only program.

Snore & Roar overnights take place between June and September. A maximum of twelve participants may be signed up per registration. Snore & Roar campers sleep in four-person tents. Participants are never asked to share their tent with strangers.

Ages

Adults and children ages 6 and up. All children must be at least 6 years old by the date of the program. No refunds will be granted for registrations involving children under 6 years old.

A paying adult must accompany anyone under 18, and there must be one adult chaperone for every three children. Participants in adult-only overnights must be 21 or older.

Time

6 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. the following day. A small snack will be provided, however participants should eat dinner before coming to the Zoo. All Zoo restaurants close at 5 p.m.

Registration

Priority registration for Premier Plus and above level FONZ members starts on March 25th at 10am. Registration for all FONZ members begins April 1st at 10am. Public registration opens on April 8th at 10am.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests received at least four weeks prior to the scheduled Snore & Roar will receive a 75% refund. Requests must be made via email. No refunds or changes will be made thereafter. No refunds will be granted to groups registering children that are not old enough to participate. Snore & Roars are a rain or shine event.

Snore & Roars are not just for kids!

Adult-only programs include a keeper-led tour of an exhibit area, wine and cheese, activities, a guided tour of the Zoo, and a breakfast snack.

Adults-Only Snore & Roars

Family Tour Choices

Enjoy an exclusive, keeper-led tour of one of the following areas.

American Trail

Join us on an adventure to celebrate the remarkable diversity of American species. Your keeper lead tour will guide you from the waters of the North Pacific with a visit to our playful California sea lions on up the trail past the canine predators of the open tundra through to the renowned architects of fresh water systems, the American beavers.

FEE FONZ member $130 per person; non-member $162.50 per person

DATES: June 20, June 28, July 11, July 25, August 2

Asia Trail

Wonder where those 11, adorable, Asian small-clawed otters go at night? Join us for an Asia Trail Snore & Roar and find out! You’ll be toured around the trail with front of house views of the illusive clouded leopards and the crafty red pandas. See the slurping sloth bears and sneak a peek at Mei and the family with a stop at giant pandas! Please note: We cannot guarantee that Bao Bao will be visible.

FEE FONZ member $130 per person; non-member $162.50 per person

DATES: June 13, June 27, August 29

Bird House

Ever full of sights and sounds a trip to the Bird House is not to be missed! Visit with your favorite feathered friends of all shapes and sizes, and learn about the incredible diversity of this winged, animal kingdom from the keepers who know it best.

FEE FONZ member $80 per person; non-member $100 per person

DATES: June 21, August 22, August 30

Cheetah Conservation Station

Are you as fast as a cheetah? Can you dig like a hog?How does your wing span compare to a vulture? Here’s your chance to find out. Meet the cheetahs and some of their African neighbors. See how they train the zebras and where it all comes together behind-the-scenes.

FEE FONZ member $130 per person; non-member $162.50 per person

DATES: June 6, June 28, July 11

Great Cats/Farm

Lions and tigers and cows, oh my! It’s carnivore meets herbivore in this dual action overnight experience. Learn all about our feline royalty and see how the keepers care for these majestic, big cats. Then moooove on over to the Kids’ Farm, sponsored by State Farm ® and receive a hands-on lesson in how to care for farm animals here at the Zoo.

FEE FONZ member $130 per person; non-member $162.50 per person

DATES: July 12, July 25, August 15, September 6

Reptile Discovery Center

A place where dragons still roam and alligators call home. Join us for one of the most interactive behind-the-scenes experiences available at the Zoo. You’ll see tortoises grazing and get up close and personal with some of the coolest, scaly beings around. You don’t want to miss it!

FEE FONZ member $80 per person; non-member $100 per person

DATES: August 16, September 13, September 26

Small Mammals

There is never a dull moment at the Small Mammal House, with so many creatures there is always something to see! Join us for your chance to watch the sloths come to life, see enrichment at work and meet a fury, little friend.

FEE FONZ member $80 per person; non-member $100 per person

DATES: June 21, July 26, August 8, August 22, August 30, September 26

Questions?

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