National Zoo

National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC

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8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
(Timed-entry passes required)
Closed December 25

Admission is free, timed-entry passes required.


Always free of charge and open 364 days a year, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo sits on 163 acres in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s Rock Creek Park. Founded in 1889, the Zoo is currently home to more than 2,700 animals representing more than 390 species.


Giant pandas, Asian elephants, Sumatran tigers, Aldabra tortoises, Panamanian golden frogs, sea lions, orangutans, meet-a-small-mammal demonstrations, and Asian elephant training.

  • Visitors can enjoy a variety of foods at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, including vegetarian and gluten-free options, at food trucks and stands throughout the park. Please note food truck options and availability are subject to change.

    Group meals can be pre-ordered for 10 or more guests.

    (Panda Plaza)
    Pizza, stromboli, hot dogs, chicken tenders, soft drinks

    Auntie Anne's & Carvel
    (Panda Overlook)
    Soft pretzels, pretzel dogs, frozen lemonade, Carvel ice cream, soft drinks

    Elevation Burger

    Mane Grill Temporarily closed.
    (near Tiger/Lion Hill)
    Angus burgers, chemical- and hormone-free grilled chicken, kids' meals and to-go items.
    10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fall/Winter
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Spring/Summer

Metro Stations: Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan or Cleveland Park

Parking at the Zoo is a flat fee of $30 which must be purchased online. FONZ members at Premier Level and above will receive one free parking pass per week. Member ID will be verified during checkout. See map and get driving directions.

Reserved parking near the museum can be purchased in advance through ParkWhiz.

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