Due to weekend storm activity, some Panda Palooza activities have been postponed. See the full schedule here.

Dino Summer

June 1-Sept. 2
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The Zoo is free, but Entry Passes are required for all guests, including infants.

This summer visitors can travel back millions of years as the Smithsonian’s National Zoo presents a “Dino Summer” featuring two dinosaur experiences of prehistoric proportions — "Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live,” an experiential theater production featuring a larger-than-life dinosaurs, and “DinoRoars,” an outdoor exhibit of six massive animatronic dinosaurs that move and roar.

The fun doesn't stop with dinos! Catch a screening of the movie PANDAS and swing by one of the Zoo's new food trucks. Become a FONZ member today for special discounts during Dino Summer and all year long!


It's a summer of prehistoric proportions! From June 1 to Sept. 2, take a self-guided safari around the Zoo to meet animatronic dinosaurs that move and roar.

Adopt a Species

A cheetah laying in the grass on a sunny day
The Adopt a Species program is currently paused, and packages are not available for purchase at this time.

Food & Shopping

A picture of a cheeseburger, fries, a drink cup and a container of ketchup with Elevation burger branding on the table.

The Smithsonian's National Zoo offers a variety of dining and shopping options located throughout the park.

Zoo Map

A map of the Smithsonian's National Zoo

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