Speedwell Conservation Carousel

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.

Take a spin on the Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel, a one-of-a-kind experience guaranteed to delight. Where else can you ride a naked mole rat, panda or armadillo? Located across from the Zoo’s Lemur Island, the carousel features dozens of custom-carved and hand-painted animals under a brightly colored, open-air pavilion.

Winter Weather Tip: For safety reasons, the Carousel will close if the outside temperature is below 35 degrees Fahrenheit. 


Wheelchair Accessible

Ticket Information

Tickets for the Speedwell Conservation Carousel can be purchased at the carousel. Riders under 42 inches must be accompanied by an adult. All proceeds from the carousel support animal care and conservation science initiatives at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.

Members at the Premier level and higher enjoy free rides! Join now or learn more.

Ticket Cost

$ 4.00