The National Zoo is open every day of the year except December 25. ADMISSION IS FREE!

Location Hours
Exhibit Buildings 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (4:30 p.m. closing in winter*)
Grounds 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. (6 p.m. closing in winter*)
Shops 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (10 a.m. opening in winter*)
Visitor Center and Concessions 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Last Admittance 7 p.m. (summer only)
*Winter hours in effect from November to March.

Early Closings and Late Openings

On occasion, the National Zoo closes early to host special events.

Brew at the Zoo – Zoo Hours for July 17, 2014:

1:00 p.m. The Zoo will be closed from Think Tank to Crossroads to prepare for Brew at the Zoo. This includes Think Tank, the Carousel, Great Cats Gift Shop, Great Cats, and the Mane Grill.

Boo at the Zoo - Zoo Hours for October 24, 25, and 26:

3:00 p.m. Zoo closes from below the Small Mammal House to the Cross Roads including Great Apes, Reptile Discovery Center, Think Tank, the carousel, Great Cats, and the Mane Grill.
4:00 p.m. Small Mammals, Panda House, Bird House, American Trail, Amazonia, and Amazonia Science Gallery close.
4:30 p.m. Entire Zoo closed.

Animals and Exhibits

Cheetahs, zebras, gazelles, oryx, Przewalski's horses, lions, tigers, birds, and many other animals can be seen outside much of the time, and many more animals are on exhibit throughout the day in our air-conditioned and heated buildings (including the Reptile Discovery Center, Small Mammal House, Bird House, and Amazonia).

The best time to see giant pandas is between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The Zoo is a popular destination and parking lots fill quickly, so we encourage you to arrive early in the day before animal buildings open or take Metro to the Zoo during peak attendance times.