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× The Zoo is open! Entry passes are required for all guests, including infants. 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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The Zoo is free, but entry passes are required for all guests, including infants. 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.

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

Closed Dec. 25

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: 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.

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 details, see the Safety and Park Rules page.