× Entry passes are now required to visit the Zoo. Please review the new COVID-19 safety policies and exhibit closures before booking your trip.


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Visit the Zoo!

The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is always free of charge and open 364 days a year. Due to COVID-10, new safety procedures and guidelines are in place to provide a safe and great experience for visitors, staff and animals, including:

clock iconNew Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., last admittance 3 p.m.

ticket iconEntry Passes: Admission to the Zoo is free, but all guests must reserve entry passes online before visiting the Zoo. For more information and to reserve a pass, see the Entry Passes page.

icon of face maskFace Coverings: Visitors ages 6 and older are required to wear face coverings (that cover the nose and mouth) during their visit, including while outside. Face coverings are also strongly recommended for visitors between the ages of 2 and 6, per CDC guidelines. All staff will wear face coverings.

icon of 6 feet apart marker Social Distancing: Signs and markers throughout the park will help you follow safety guidelines and remind you to practice social distancing.

Explore the Visit section to learn more and to prepare for your upcoming visit. Please note that some areas of the Zoo remain closed for safety. For an up-to-date list of closed exhibits and attractions, see the Plan Your Visit page.

Zoo Map

See the map for a guide to your next Zoo adventure.

Parking & Directions

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

Safety and Park Rules

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.