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Food & Shopping

The Zoo is free, but Entry Passes are required for all guests, including infants.

For everyone's safety, dining options and gift shops may be limited as the Zoo takes COVID-19 precautions. Visitors are welcome to bring their own food and snacks into the Zoo.


Gift shops are located inside the Visitor Center, at Panda Plaza, and near the Great Cats exhibit. Outdoor gift kiosks can also be found throughout the park.

You may be asked to Round Up for Conservation at retail and restaurant locations around the Zoo. When you choose to Round Up for Conservation, your purchase is rounded up to the nearest dollar. That spare change directly funds animal care and wildlife conservation efforts.


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Elevation Burger at Mane Grill

Hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, vegetarian burgers, vegan burgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese, chicken tenders, fries and milkshakes.

Location: Lion-Tiger Hill

Hours: Opens at 10:30 a.m.*
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Auntie Anne's & Carvel

Soft pretzels, pretzel dogs, frozen lemonade, Carvel ice cream, soft drinks

Locations: Panda Overlook, Mane Grill (weekends only)

Hours: Hours vary based on weather and park attendance
Sbarro Logo with Pizza Slice

Pizza, stromboli, hot dogs, chicken tenders, salads, soft drinks

Location: Panda Plaza

Hours: Opens at 9 a.m.*
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Food Trucks

Ben & Jerry’s
Bootheel Bar B Que
Dippin' Dots
Dolci Gelati
Popcorn Wagon
Vintage Views

Location: Various

Hours: Times and dates vary based on park visitation and weather

*Hours subject to change due to weather

Neighborhood Specials

Giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji climbs on a structure made of crisscrossed logs in his outdoor yard

Many local businesses in Cleveland Park and Woodley Park are also offering “Panda Specials” for Zoo members and visitors. Specials range from themed treats to discounts on food, drinks and merchandise.

See Panda Specials

Some specials are available exclusively to Smithsonian National Zoo Members. Join or renew today!