Looking for a panda, a cheetah, or perhaps a piranha? The Zoo map can help guide your Zoo adventure.
Always free of charge and open 364 days a year, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex. Founded in 1889, the Zoo sits on 163 acres in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s Rock Creek Park and is home to 2,700 animals representing more than 390 species.
Please be aware that certain attractions, including the Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel, along with animal demonstrations and outdoor animal viewing, are weather dependent.
During peak visitation days at the Zoo, you may be greeted upon entry by one of the security personnel who will conduct a thorough but speedy hand-check of all bags, strollers, briefcases, purses and containers. You may also be hand-screened with an electronic wand. Because of the security measures, the lines for entry to the Zoo may be longer than usual during peak seasons and holidays. We ask for your patience, cooperation and assistance in keeping everyone safe.
Stop by any Zoo gift shop to take home a very special, free commemorative print — a copy of a painting created by Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and Bei Bei! The numbered prints, courtesy of Friends of the National Zoo, will be available one-per-family, while supplies last.