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The Zoo is open! Entry passes are required for all guests, including infants. Effective July 30, 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.

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Food & Shopping

The Zoo is free, but entry passes are required for all guests, including infants. Effective July 30, 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.

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

Shopping

To maintain social distancing, most indoor gift shops are currently closed. The Panda Plaza gift shop is open. Outdoor gift kiosks are also located throughout the park.

During a visit to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, you may be asked to Round Up for Conservation at retail and restaurant locations. 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.

Dining

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: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Auntie Anne's & Carvel

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

Location: Panda Overlook

Sbarro

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

Location: Panda Plaza

 

Food Trucks

Bootheel Bar B Que
Dippin' Dots
Dolci Gelati
Ben & Jerry’s

Location: Various

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