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Snore & Roar Sleepovers for Families

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! Your overnight begins with an exclusive keeper-led tour of an exhibit area. Throughout the event enjoy games, activities and a walk through the Zoo. You'll also receive 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. If you prefer a more mature audience, check out the adults-only program.

Snore & Roar overnights take place between June and September. A maximum of six 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.

Age Requirements

Snore & Roar Sleepovers are for adults and children ages 6 and up. All children must be at least 6 years old by the date of the program. No refunds will be granted for registrations involving children under 6 years old.

A paying adult must accompany anyone under 18, and there must be one adult chaperone for every three children. 


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.


Priority 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 Policy

Cancellation requests received at least four weeks prior to the scheduled Snore & Roar will receive a 75 percent refund. 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.

Family Tour Choices

Your 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.

American Trail

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.

Asia Trail

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.

Great Cats

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.

Reptile Discovery Center

The Zoo's Reptile Discovery Centers is the place where dragons still roam and alligators call home. Join us for one of the most interactive behind-the-scenes experiences available at the Zoo. You'll see tortoises grazing and get up close and personal with some of the coolest scaly beings around. You don't want to miss it!

Small Mammals

There is never a dull moment at the Small Mammal House. With so many creatures there is always something to see! Join us for your chance to watch the sloths come to life, see enrichment at work and make furry little friends.