The Zoo is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Entry passes are required for all guests, including infants. Plan your visit.


Admission is free!
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Visit the Zoo!

The Zoo is free and open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry passes are required for all guests, including infants.


During peak visitation days at the Zoo, you may be greeted upon entry by one of the security personnel who will conduct a thorough but speedy hand-check of all bags, strollers, briefcases, purses and containers. You may also be hand-screened with an electronic wand. Because of the security measures, the lines for entry to the Zoo may be longer than usual during peak seasons and holidays. We ask for your patience, cooperation and assistance in keeping everyone safe.

Today's Hours

Grounds : 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Last admittance 5 p.m.

Parking & Directions

dama gazelle

Whether taking the Metro, driving or walking, getting to the Zoo is easy! The main entrance is located at 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW.


Visitors ride the Zoo's carousel. In the foreground, a young girl with one hand in the air sits atop a giraffe seat while her parent holds her in place.
Planning a visit to the Smithsonian's National Zoo? Don't miss these exciting attractions throughout the park.

Safety and Park Rules

Pedestrian entrance to the Smithsonian's National Zoo on Connecticut Ave.
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is a wonderful place to explore, learn and have fun. These few rules help ensure an enjoyable and safe experience for all visitors.

Birds in Flight

Get an up-close look at exotic birds as they soar overhead and exhibit natural behaviors in this FREE, limited-run show.