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 Conservation Carousel, along with animal demonstrations and outdoor animal viewing, are weather dependent.
- On Sept. 7, Great Apes, Reptile Discovery Center, Think Tank, Great Cats, the Speedwell Conservation Carousel and Mane Grill will close at 1:30 p.m. in preparation for Zoo Uncorked.
- The Bird House is closed in preparation for a new exhibit, Experience Migration.
- 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.