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Visit the Zoo!

Visit the Zoo!

Always free of charge and open 364 days a year, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex. Founded in 1889, the Zoo sits on 163 acres in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s Rock Creek Park and is home to more than 1,500 animals across 300 different species.

Please be aware that certain attractions, including the Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel, along with animal demonstrations and outdoor animal viewing, are weather dependent.

ADVISORIES:
  • The Bird House is closed in preparation for a new exhibit, Experience Migration.
  • In-park ATMs are currently out of operation.
  • Kids' Farm will remain open during lower Zoo construction, but please be advised that pathways may change and the route through Kids' Farm may require a longer walk than in the past.

Today's Hours

Grounds: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Now open late for ZooLights!
Exhibit Buildings: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Amazonia opens 10 a.m. Small Mammal House, Reptile Discovery Center and Think Tank are open during ZooLights!
Dining & Shopping: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Today's Programs

Click Here to See Full Schedule

Zoo Map

zoo map

Looking for a panda, a cheetah, or perhaps a piranha? The Zoo map can help guide your Zoo adventure.

Parking & Directions

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The Smithsonian's National Zoo is located in the heart of northwest Washington, D.C. and spans 163 acres. There are several entrances to the Zoo and all are pedestrian and vehicle-friendly. The main entrance is located at 3000 Connecticut Ave. NW. Additionally, the Zoo can be accessed by the Harvard Street Bridge and by the walking path along Beach Drive

FAQs & Tips for Visiting the Zoo

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On this page you'll find answers to the most commonly asked questions about visiting the Zoo.