Here's your chance to see a T-Rex up close! Head to National Zoo to take part in "Dino Summer."

This summer-long program lets you get face-to-face with some of your favorite specimens and learn all about them in fascinating new ways.

“We’ve caught dino-fever here at the Zoo,” said Steve Monfort, John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. “Whether you’re 5 or 50, you’ll marvel at a giant T. rex in addition to a giant panda. We’re thrilled to bring our visitors back in time for a spectacular summer.”

"DinoRoars" features six enormous animatronic dinosaurs in zoo habitats. Kids will be enchanted with these moving, roaring new zoo animals! This exhibit is FREE to all visitors.

"Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live" is an immersive dinosaur show that invites audience members on stage to hug, feed, and play with the dinosaur puppets. Tickets are required for this special program.

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Event Details

WHEN: June 1-August 31, 2019
WHERE: National Zoo | 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW | Washington, D.C.
TICKETS: $10 per adult, $8 per child for "Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live"
SHOWTIMES: Tuesday-Sunday 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. | Running time: 30 minutes

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Know Before You Go

  • Tickets for "Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live" go on sale May 1 for Friends of National Zoo and May 8 for the general public.
  • The Smithsonian's National Zoo is free of charge for all visitors and open 364 days per year (closed on Christmas Day).
  • Take the Metro to the Woodley Park or Cleveland Park stations. Street parking in the area is extremely limited, so this is your best bet.
  • L1 and L2 bus stops are right at the entrance to National Zoo.
  • Parking at National Zoo is a flat fee of $25 per day.


**All photos in this article are courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Zoo.

For more information, visit the Smithsonian's National Zoo "Dino Summer" website.