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Beginning Jan. 18, 2022, the Zoo is open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Entry passes are required for all guests, including infants. All visitors ages 2 and older are required to wear a mask in all indoor spaces at the Zoo, regardless of their vaccination status. Fully vaccinated visitors do not need to wear a mask in outdoor areas. Select animal buildings remain closed.

Gift Membership Offer

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Looking for a great holiday gift? You get a BIG discount when you give a FONZ membership.

FONZ membership ensures your friends and family enjoy a full year of fun at the Zoo with access to free parking passes, members-only experiences, discounts on purchases and events, priority registration for camps and classes, and so much more!

For just $99, you can give a Premier Plus membership this holiday season. It's fast and easy to sign up, and you'll get an instant confirmation email with a downloadable certificate you can present to your lucky friends before their cards arrive in the mail.

Your gift of membership supports the Smithsonian's National Zoo's mission to save species!

* Membership benefits, including parking and rides, will be limited or canceled as a precaution due to COVID-19. Free parking, carousel, train and other seasonal attractions are only available during regular, daytime visits to the Zoo and not during special events. Unlimited free rides, when back in operation, are available for up to 4 riders per visit. All benefits are subject to change and based on availability.

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New Parking Information

A quick parking update for members:

  • Please allow a day or two for your new or reactivated membership ID to be recognized in the online ticketing system.
  • Member free parking passes are extremely limited each day.
  • Members must reserve a Free Timed Pass or a Free or Paid Parking Pass ahead of their visit.
  • All ticket and pass reservations are first come, first served.
  • Members may reserve up to one free parking pass per week depending on availability.
  • To access member free parking, enter your member ID when reserving your parking pass.
  • If member free parking passes are no longer available, there may still be parking passes for purchase.

For more information about FONZ memberships, please visit the Membership FAQs page.