Hours

Grounds: 6 a.m.- 8 p.m.
(last admittance 7 p.m.)
Visitor Center: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Exhibit Buildings: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Concessions: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Shops: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Note: Winter hours begin in November. 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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FAQ's & Tips

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Today's Events

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PLEASE NOTE: During peak visitation days at the Zoo, you may 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.