Depending on the time of day and the weather, the giant pandas have a choice to be outside or inside the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat, an indoor viewing area on Asia Trail. The pandas typically have outdoor access between 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat is open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during winter hours and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during summer hours. Please check the hours page before your visit to ensure the Panda House is open. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to avoid large crowds and long lines. Long lines require earlier cut-off times to ensure those waiting can enter the indoor viewing area before it closes. Please note that all of the Zoo's animals have the option to enjoy some time away from the crowds. If you can't find all of the pandas, they may be spending time in their behind-the-scenes enclosure.
Visitors can attend a giant panda keeper talk as part of the Zoo's daily animal demonstrations. Check the calendar for a schedule of events.Flash photography and video with handheld devices are permitted inside the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat. For the safety of all visitors, the use of tripods is prohibited. (See "Park Rules" for more information.)
Please note that during peak visitation, strollers may not be permitted inside animal buildings. On these days, unattended, designated stroller parking is usually provided by the main entrance to each building. The Smithsonian's National Zoo is not responsible for any lost or stolen items, so please do not leave any valuables in an unattended stroller.
Before your trip, please check the main visit page for any exhibit closures.