ZooLights is FREE! No tickets are required. All proceeds from ZooLights concessions and parking sales will benefit a variety of Zoo wildlife conservation programs and initiatives, from educational opportunities to new and improved animal exhibits, to conservation science research projects. ZooLights is supported by a generous donation from Pepco.
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2012 Dates and Times
November 23-December 9, Friday, Saturday and Sunday only
Open nightly December 14–January 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31)
Hours: 5-9 p.m.
New for 2012
- Ride the brand new Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel and spin through scenes from forest, grassland, savannah and aquatic ecosystems, sitting atop hand-carved and painted animals – many of them endangered species. Tickets for the carousel are $3.
- Enjoy snowless tubing on Lion/Tiger Hill, a 150 foot-long ride down the hill. Tickets are $3.
Getting to the National ZooThe National Zoo is located at 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC. The main entrance to the Zoo is along Connecticut Avenue. There are also two entrances at the east side of the Zoo, near Rock Creek Park. One is off Rock Creek Parkway, the other is at the intersection of Harvard Street and Adams Mill Road. See a map.
Parking for ZooLights is $9 for Friends of the National Zoo members and $16 for non-members. The parking lots may fill up, so the best way to get to the Zoo is to take Metro. The closest stations are Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan and Cleveland Park.
For more information, see A Visitors Guide to the National Zoo