Imagine falling asleep to the sounds of the howling wolves 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.
Pitch your tent on Lion/Tiger Hill and prepare for a wild time! 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.
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 toward groups with children from ages 6 through early teens. Learn more about Snore & Roar Sleepovers for Families.
Snore & Roar overnights take place between June and September. A maximum of 6 participants may be signed up per registration. Snore & Roar campers sleep in four-person tents provided by the Zoo. Participants are never asked to share their tent with strangers. If you need special accommodations, please refer to the Zoo's accessibility page for policies and resources. Please contact us with any additional questions.
Participants must be 21 or older.
Snore & Roars begin at 6 p.m. and end at 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.
RegistrationPriority registration for the 2018 Snore & Roar season will begin in March 2018. Premier Plus and above level FONZ members may begin to register on March 27 at 10 a.m. Registration for all FONZ members begins April 3 at 10 a.m. Public registration opens on April 10 at 10 a.m.
Cancellation requests received at least four weeks prior to the scheduled Snore & Roar will receive a 75 percent refund. Cancellation requests must be made via this contact form. 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 rain or shine events.
Adults-Only Tour ChoicesYour Snore & Roar experience will include an exclusive, keeper-led tour of one of the following areas. Dates and fees for each area for the 2018 season will be released in late February 2018.
Join us on an adventure to celebrate the remarkable diversity of American species. Your keeper-led tour will guide you from the waters of the North Pacific with a visit to the playful California sea lions on up the trail past the canine predators of the open tundra through to the renowned architects of freshwater systems, the American beavers.
Wonder where those adorable Asian small-clawed otters go at night? Join us for an Asia Trail Snore & Roar to find out! You'll take a tour around the trail with front-of-house views of the elusive 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: The exhibit tour will take place on Saturday morning beginning at 7:30 a.m., and we cannot guarantee that Bei Bei will be visible.
Cheetah Conservation Station
Are you as fast as a cheetah? Can you dig like a hog? How does your wingspan compare to a vulture? Here's your chance to find out. Meet the cheetahs and some of their African neighbors. See how keepers train the zebras and where it all comes together behind-the-scenes.
Elephant Community Center
Largest of the living land animals, elephants continuously fascinate us with their grand size, complex social structure and curious demeanor. Come meet the members of the Zoo's Asian herd and learn how keepers care for these magnificent, giant herbivores.
Meet the kings of the Zoo before you fall asleep to their mighty roars! Learn all about the Zoo's striped and maned feline royalty and see how the keepers care for these majestic big cats.