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The National Zoo is open every day of the year except December 25. ADMISSION IS FREE!
|Visitor Center & Exhibit Buildings||9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (4 p.m. closing in winter*)
Please Note: Amazonia and the Bird House will open at 10 a.m. year-round
|Grounds||8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (5 p.m. closing in winter*)|
|Concessions||9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (4:30 p.m. closing in winter*)|
|Rock Creek bike path||6 a.m. to 7 p.m.|
*Winter hours: October 1-March 14.
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 the Metro to the Zoo during peak attendance times.
On occasion, the National Zoo closes early to host special events. This information is subject to change. Please check back prior to your visit.
ZooFari – Zoo Hours for May 19, 2016:
|12:00 p.m.||Zoo closes from above the Small Mammal House to the Crossroads including Small Mammals, Great Apes, Reptile Discovery Center, Think Tank, Great Cats, the carousel, and the Mane Grill.|
|1:30 p.m.||Elephant Community Center closes.|
|3:00 p.m.||Bird House, Panda House, Clint Fields Plaza, and Amazonia Exhibit closes.|
|4:00 p.m.||Entire Zoo Closes.|
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.