Visit the Zoo
Admission Is Free!
Know Before You Arrive
Grounds Open: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Last entry is 3 p.m.
Exhibit Buildings Open: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Last admittance to exhibits is 30 minutes before closing.
Daily Animal Demos
Get a front-row seat to keepers working with animals in these daily demonstrations! Throughout the day, you can meet elephants, watch sloth bears slurp ants, see sea lions catch fish and more.
Is the Zoo free to visit?- +
Yes! Admission to the Zoo is free, but entry passes are required. Reserve entry passes here.
Can I get passes when I arrive at the Zoo?- +
Free entry passes and paid parking passes should be reserved in advance through the online system. A limited amount of same-day passes will be offered at Zoo entrances for visitors without access to the online system. To reserve a pass, see the Entry Passes (tickets) page.
Members can show their member card for walk-in entry to the Zoo, no passes needed. Parking requires a reservation.
Does the Zoo have parking?- +
If you plan to drive and park at the Zoo, you must reserve a Paid Parking Pass online before your visit. Parking is available for a flat rate of $30, and spaces are extremely limited. All cars must enter through the main vehicle entrance at 3001 Connecticut Ave, NW.
To reserve your parking pass, visit our reservation page.
Is the Zoo accessible by public transit?- +
Yes! Both Metro Bus and Metro Rail have stops within walking distance of the Zoo's main pedestrian entrance at 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW.
For more information, visit our Parking and Directions page.