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Highlights Tour
Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays | 9:45 a.m.

Schedule a free two-hour guided walking tour for a great way to get the best out of the Smithsonian's National Zoo in a limited period of time.

Tours are offered year-round depending on guide availability, are wheelchair accessible and accommodate up to 10 people per group. One month's notice is required to schedule a Highlights Tour. Please note, you must receive a confirmation from the Smithsonian's National Zoo to take a tour.

On the tour you'll...

  • See some of the Zoo's most interesting animals, including cheetahs, Asian elephants, golden lion tamarins, Aldabra tortoises, lions and Andean bears, to name just a few
  • Have a trained guide answer your questions
  • Learn how the Zoo takes care of its animals
  • Hear firsthand how the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is working to save species

Tours specifically for families with young children (ages 4 to 7) are also available on Saturdays and Sundays at 9:45 a.m. Children can learn about animals in a fun classroom session followed by a one-hour tour of the upper Zoo.

To schedule a tour, please use the online contact form. If you would like to request a children's tour, please type "Children's Tour" in the comment section.

For questions, or if your group is larger than 10 people, please call 202-633-3056.