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Beginning Jan. 18, 2022, the Zoo is open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Entry passes are required for all guests, including infants. All visitors ages 2 and older are required to wear a mask in all indoor spaces at the Zoo, regardless of their vaccination status. Fully vaccinated visitors do not need to wear a mask in outdoor areas. Select animal buildings remain closed.

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Attractions

Planning a visit to the Smithsonian's National Zoo? Don't miss these exciting attractions throughout the park.

Artist Matthew Willey paints a bee mural on the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Great Ape House
Cost: Free
Open year-round
A child sits at the top of a slide sculpted to look like a bee hive overflowing with honey at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Me and the Bee playground
Cost: Free
Open year-round
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.
Cost: $3.50
Open year-round