Due to weekend storm activity, some Panda Palooza activities have been postponed. See the full schedule here.

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Food & Shopping

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

The Smithsonian's National Zoo offers a variety of dining and shopping options located throughout the park. Visitors are welcome to bring their own food and snacks into the Zoo.


Celebrate the joyful legacy of giant pandas Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and Xiao Qi Ji as they prepare for their journey to China! Shop our limited-edition merch collection.

Bring the Zoo home with you! Explore a large collection of clothing, jewelry, souvenirs, books, toys and merchandise at several locations throughout the park.

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

Can’t get to the Zoo? Visit the Smithsonian’s online store and see what’s available!

Save Wildlife While You Shop and Eat! At gift shops and dining locations around the Zoo, guests can choose to Round Up for Conservation upon payment. Your purchase will be rounded up to the nearest dollar, and the spare change will go directly to animal care and wildlife conservation efforts.


A wild dining experience is easy to find at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Both year-round and seasonal choices offer a variety of food and drinks that will satisfy whatever craving you have:

A closeup of a cheeseburger made up of a bun, a cheese-covered patty, lettuce, tomato and pickles. There are shoestring-cut fries behind it.
Elevation Burger at Mane Grill

Guests can choose from tasty favorites like 100% organic grass-fed beef burgers, chicken sandwiches, vegetarian and vegan burgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders, fries and milkshakes made from hand-scooped ice cream. Indoor seating available.

Location: Lion-Tiger Hill

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

Indulge in a snackable selection of soft pretzels, pretzel dogs, frozen lemonade, Carvel® ice cream and soft drinks.­ Both outdoor locations—the Giant Panda Overlook and Mane Grill on weekends—are open during warmer months.

Locations: Panda Overlook, Mane Grill (weekends only)

Hours: Hours vary based on weather and park attendance
A half-pie of pepperoni pizza with a slice gently pulling apart in the middle.

Enjoy quick bites and combo meals of hot pizza and calzones, chicken tenders, fresh salads and fries at this outdoor lunch stand with spacious courtyard seating. Vegetarian options available. 

Location: Panda Plaza

Hours: Opens at 9 a.m.*
cardboard box filled with popcorn
Food Trucks

Stop at one of the Zoo’s many food trucks for a wide selection of drinks and snacks, including popcorn, coffee, ice cream, BBQ, beer and cocktails and more!

Currently featuring:
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