The zoo is open! All visitors will require free entry passes and be required to follow safety measures. Free timed-entry Asia Trail/Panda Passes are required for the giant panda viewing.


Admission is free!
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Visit the Zoo!

Admission is free, but entry passes are required for all guests, including infants. Visitors must follow safety measures. Free Asia Trail/Panda Passes are required for giant panda viewing and can be reserved at the Zoo during your visit. For the safety of visitors, staff and animals, a very limited number of Panda Passes are available each day.

Today's Hours

Grounds : 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Last admittance 3 p.m.

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.

Entry Passes (Tickets)

All guests must reserve entry passes online before visiting the Zoo.

Safety and Park Rules

The Smithsonian's National Zoo is a wonderful place to explore, learn and have fun. These few rules help ensure an enjoyable and safe experience for all visitors.

Asia Trail/Panda Passes

Find out how you can reserve a free Asia Trail/Panda Pass at the Zoo to access the exhibits along Asia Trail, including giant pandas.