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Visit the Zoo!

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.

  • All Smithsonian museums, including the National Zoo, continue to be closed to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. We are not announcing a re-opening date at this time and will continue to provide updates on social media and on our website.

Today's Hours

Grounds : CLOSED

Today's Programs

We are following the guidance of local health officials and the CDC, and in an effort to reduce close contact among large groups of people, all animal demonstrations will be cancelled until further notice.

Zoo Map

Looking for a panda, a cheetah or perhaps a piranha? The Zoo map can help guide your Zoo adventure.

Parking & Directions

Whether taking the Metro, driving or walking, getting to the Zoo is easy! The main entrance is located at 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. The Zoo can also be accessed by the Harvard Street Bridge or by the walking path along Beach Drive.

FAQs & Tips for Visiting the Zoo

On this page you'll find answers to the most commonly asked questions about visiting the Zoo.