Smithsonian's National Zoo - Parking, Washington, DC

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Through the end of June, the Zoo is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., last admittance 3 p.m. Extended summer hours start in July! From July 1 - Sept. 30, the Zoo is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., last admittance 5 p.m. The Zoo is open 7 days a week.

Passes open on a rolling basis, and can be reserved up to 30 days in advance. More passes are released one week out and one day out. Same-day passes are also available. Need passes for a specific date? Check 30 days before your visit. If passes are unavailable, on the day of your visit. 

To keep us all safe, and to support efforts to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, we have limited capacity and implemented new safety measures in our facilities. Your visit to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo will be different. Please review the important information below as you plan your visit.

For everyone's safety, some areas of the Zoo, including select animal exhibits, are closed. We make every effort to keep this list of openings and closings up-to-date, but cannot guarantee that this information will be accurate on the day of your visit. Thank you for your understanding. The link to the list of openings and closings can be found here.

Important Conditions:  The Smithsonian’s timed pass reservation system is for visitors’ personal use only, and Smithsonian timed passes are valid only for the stated visitor(s), guest(s), date, and time. Passes may not be sold or transferred. Reservations that violate these conditions may be cancelled.

We ask that all visitors, including those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, follow these safety measures to protect everyone’s health. Visitors who do not adhere to safety policies and guidelines may be asked to leave.

Face Coverings

Visitors are not required to wear a face covering indoors or outdoors.

Social Distancing

Please maintain a safe social distance of six feet or more between households or groups at all times. Social distancing signage and directions will be found throughout our facilities. 


Please wash and sanitize hands frequently during your visit and practice good hygiene. Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout our facilities. 

Visiting Tips

For a list of openings and closings please visit the National Zoo website


Visitors will have the option to request accessibility accommodations on the registration page.  

Reserve your time slot for the National Zoo.   

General admission is free. Here’s how to register:   

Step 1: Choose a date from the calendar.  

Step 2: Select a time slot from the drop-down menu and click Confirm Day to continue.