Part of the Smithsonian Institution, The National Zoo covers 163 acres set amid Rock Creek National Park in the heart of Washington, D.C. It takes several hours to see all of the 2,000 animals and exhibits...but there isn’t any admission charge!
Exhibits and most concessions are open from 10:00am to 6:00 pm, however, visitors can enter the grounds beginning at 8:30 am.
Put on your comfortable shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, grap your photo gear and plan on meeting us at the Connecticut Avenue entrance to set out upon your personal ‘zoo-fari’ to capture the wildlife. This is an opportunity to put the newly acquired skills presented by last month’s guest speaker, into practice!
We are allowed to bring tripods and are actually encouraged to take photographs for our personal use and sharing with family and friends. Please note: Photographers wishing to market and sell their photos of Zoo animals must contact the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Product Development and Licensing.
Getting there: You can get to the Zoo by public transportation and by car.
By Metro: Take the Red Line to the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan stop or the Cleveland Park stop. The Zoo entrance is halfway between these stops and both are a short walk from the Zoo. Find out about taking Metro bus to the Zoo. The pedestrian entrance is on Connecticut Avenue.
There are vehicle entrances on Connecticut Avenue at the west side of the Zoo and near Rock Creek Park at the east side of the Zoo. See a map and get driving directions.
Although every dollar spent at the Zoo supports education, research,
And conservation efforts, please note that parking is $16 for the first
three hours, and $22 for more than three hours.
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