National Zoo

National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC

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Reopens May 21, 2021
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
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.

  • Temporarily closed.

    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.

    Elevation Burger at Mane Grill
    (near Tiger/Lion Hill)
    Hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, vegetarian burgers, vegan burgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese, chicken tenders, fries, and milkshakes.
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    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

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

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

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