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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.

Weather Advisory: Visitors, please be aware that attractions, including the Speedwell Conservation Carousel and snow-less tubing, along with animal demonstrations and outdoor animal viewing may close due to weather conditions.

Today's Hours

Grounds: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last admittance 4 p.m.
Exhibit Buildings: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Amazonia opens 10 a.m.
Dining & Shopping: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visitor Center: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Today's Events

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Zoo Map

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

Parking & Directions

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.

FAQs & Tips for Visiting the Zoo

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