Visitors: Please note that winter hours began on Oct. 1. Please see the hours page for updated opening and closing times.

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Admission is free!
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is open every day of the year except Dec. 25.

Grounds: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last admittance 6 p.m.) | 5 p.m. closing in winter* (last admittance 4 p.m.)
Exhibit Buildings: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. | 4 p.m. closing in winter*
Dining & Shopping: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in winter* 
Visitor Center: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. | 4 p.m. closing in winter*

*Winter hours begin October 1 and run through March 14. Exact dates may vary each year. Please check back for updates.

Upcoming Early Closings & Late Openings

Oct. 28 | Early Closure for Night of the Living Zoo 

  • 3 p.m. | The lower portion of the Zoo will close, including the Small Mammal House, Great Ape House, Reptile Discovery Center, Dip N Dots, Think Tank, Carousel, Great Cats and Mane Grill