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Beginning Jan. 18, 2022, the Zoo is open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

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. Select animal buildings remain closed.

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ZooVenture

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. Beginning Jan. 22, visitors must show proof of vaccination to dine inside the Zoo's Mane Grill restaurant.

A digital illustration of a black-footed ferret standing on a grassy hill in the sunshine with the text "ZooVenture: Get a VIP experience when you become a Member for a Day! Smithsonian's National Zoo | Friends of the National Zoo

Out-of-town visitors to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, rejoice: You can now get the VIP experience!

With the ZooVenture Day Pass, an exclusive bundle that will take your trip to the Zoo to the next level, you receive:

  • An adventure tote
  • Two tickets to ride the Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel
  • Access to an exclusive Cyber Safari, an app-based, members-only scavenger hunt around the Zoo
  • A Zoo Guide that includes a Zoo map, exhibit descriptions and coupons for souvenirs and food
  • A set of paper panda ears
  • A day of wild adventures for the whole family!

With the ZooVenture Day Pass, you and your family can be Zoo VIPs for just $19.95.

Purchase your pass online, and pick it up at the Asia Trail or Great Cats gift shop before you start exploring, any day of the week. You must show a printed copy of your receipt to pick up your pass.