The zoo is open! All visitors will require free entry passes and be required to follow safety measures. Free timed-entry Asia Trail/Panda Passes are required for the giant panda viewing.

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Admission is free, but entry passes are required for all guests, including infants. Visitors must follow safety measures. Free Asia Trail/Panda Passes are required for giant panda viewing and can be reserved at the Zoo during your visit. For the safety of visitors, staff and animals, a very limited number of Panda Passes are available each day.

Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (last admittance 3 p.m.)

Closed Nov. 26, Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 20

The Smithsonian's National Zoo is free to visit. In response to coronavirus (COVID-19), new safety procedures and guidelines are in place to provide a safe and great experience for visitors, staff and animals, including:

ticket iconEntry Passes: All guests must reserve entry passes before visiting the Zoo. Learn more about entry pass options.


icon of face mask Face Coverings: Visitors ages 2 and older are required to wear a face covering in all indoor spaces. Fully vaccinated visitors are not required to wear a face covering outdoors. Face coverings may be removed while eating or drinking.

icon of 6 feet apart marker Social Distancing: Signs and markers throughout the park will help you follow safety guidelines and remind you to practice social distancing.

If you feel unwell, please stay home. For more information, see the Safety and Park Rules page.