Hours

Grounds: 6a.m.-6p.m.
Visitor Center: 9a.m.-4:30p.m.
Exhibit Buildings: 10a.m.-4:30p.m.
Concessions: 9a.m.-4:30p.m.
Shops: 10a.m.-5p.m.

Note: Summer hours begin on March 28. View all hours and early closing dates.


Directions & Parking

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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During peak visitation days at the Zoo, you will be greeted upon entry by one of our security personnel who will conduct a thorough but speedy hand-check of all bags, briefcases, purses, and containers. You may also be hand-screened with an electronic wand. Read more here.