The Zoo is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Entry passes are required for all guests, including infants. Plan your visit.


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The Zoo is free and open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry passes are required for all guests, including infants.


  • During peak visitation days at the Zoo, you may be greeted upon entry by one of the security personnel who will conduct a thorough but speedy hand-check of all bags, strollers, briefcases, purses and containers. You may also be hand-screened with an electronic wand. Because of the security measures, the lines for entry to the Zoo may be longer than usual during peak seasons and holidays. We ask for your patience, cooperation and assistance in keeping everyone safe.
  • As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, some events have been modified or canceled.

Upcoming Events

A male bird handler reaches out his hand to a large black bird in flight
May 28- Sept. 5 | Every day except Tuesday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Get an up-close look at exotic birds as they soar overhead and exhibit natural behaviors in this FREE, limited-run show.

A smiling woman wearing animal ears and holding a beer at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Brew at the Zoo event
Thursday, September 8, 2022

Lions and tigers and brews, oh my! Washington, D.C.’s favorite beer festival is back at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo on Thursday, Sept. 8

little boy dressed as cowboy
Oct. 28, 29 & 30

The the beloved children's trick-or-treating event is back for 2022.

Past Events

dancers at zoo fiesta
Saturday, September 19, 2020

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at ZooFiesta. This free, family event includes animal feedings, arts and crafts, and live music.

the words "Earth Optimism" "Conservation Commons" Smithsonian
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 to Friday, April 30, 2021

The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is celebrating Earth Day all month long!