VISITORS: Please note that the Zoo will close early to pedestrians and vehicular traffic on Oct. 20, 21 and 22 in preparation for Boo at the Zoo. Please visit the hours page for full details.
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Highlights Tour
Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays | 9:45 a.m.
Please note that as of Nov. 1, tours will be offered on a walk-up basis and will not require scheduling. Tours will still take place at 9:45 but will be offered seven days a week depending on guide availability. Weekday tours are still limited to only 10 people while weekend tours can accommodate larger groups. If your group is larger than 10 people please call 202-633-3056 to discuss availability.

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.