Parking & Directions
The Zoo is free, but Entry Passes are required for all guests, including infants.
The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is located in the heart of northwest Washington, D.C. and spans 163 acres. There are two pedestrian entrances and one vehicular entrance.
Vehicles may not enter the Zoo via Beach Drive. However, vehicles may exit the Zoo via Beach Drive southbound starting at 2:30 p.m. daily. Please note that northbound access to Beach Drive is not permitted.
Buses are not permitted to unload or load inside the Zoo unless they have a parking reservation. See the Entry Passes page for more information about buses and group reservations.