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The Zoo will be closed Saturday, Jan. 29, due to winter weather.

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.

Dino Summer

June 1-Sept. 2
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The Zoo is free, but 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. Beginning Jan. 22, visitors must show proof of vaccination to dine inside the Zoo's Mane Grill restaurant.

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!

DinoRoars

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

The Adopt a Species program is currently paused, and packages are not available for purchase at this time.

Food & Shopping

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

Zoo Map

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