Snore & Roar Sleepovers


These 2020 in-person events are postponed.


You’re not dreaming! It’s time to pitch a tent and camp out at the National Zoo for the Smithsonian’s very own Snore & Roar overnight adventure!

Ideal for adults and children 6-years-old and up, this one-of-a-kind opportunity lets you experience the National Zoo under the stars! Enjoy games, activities, an exclusive keeper-led tour of an exhibit after hours, and the park all to yourself!

Snore & Roar programs begin at 6 pm and end with a breakfast snack the following morning. Check out these 2019 tours, allowing you to customize your experience with an exhibit tour of your choice:

American Trail
July 27, 2019
Aug 9 & 24, 2019
Learn all about river otters, gray seals, bald eagles, and many other species that call America home! Catch a glimpse of California sea lions and watch the American beavers play!

Elephant Community Center
Sept 13 & 14, 2019
Meet the Zoo’s beautiful elephants and see how the keepers care for these grand creatures! Observe the demeanor and social structure of this Asian herd as part of your overnight adventure!

Great Cats/Kid’s Farm
Aug 3 & 23, 2019
Sept 6, 2019
Home to the world’s top predators, this exhibit tour brings you to the Zoo’s lions and tigers! Learn all about how the Zoo cares for and works to conserve the species!

Reptile Discovery Center
Aug 24, 2019
Get up close and personal with the Zoo’s very own dragons! This interactive tour brings you to the home of the venomous Gaboon viper, Pomeranian golden frog, and more than 70 other reptiles and amphibians!

Small Mammals
July 19, 2019
Aug 10, 2019
Sept 6, 2019
The Small Mammal House is your place to see sloths, howler monkeys, sand cats and plenty of other furry friends! Learn about more than 35 different species while the many animals play in their habitats!

Amazonia
Currently, there are no 2019 tours scheduled.
Full of sights and plenty of sounds, this overnight rainforest adventure is full of nocturnal creatures. Listen to an amphibian conversation, watch a fish feeding, and be on the lookout for a two-toed sloth!

Cheetah Conservation Station
Currently, there are no 2019 tours scheduled.
This behind the scenes tour lets you meet the cheetahs and learn how the keepers train the Zoo’s zebras! This exhibit also houses red river hogs, gazelles, and the maned wolf.

Asia Trail
Currently, there are no 2019 tours scheduled.
The Asia Trail exhibit tour takes you to the home of the Zoo’s very own giant pandas; Tian Tian, Mei Xiang, and Bei Bei. Check out views of clouded leopards, red pandas, and slurping sloth bears, too! When booking, note that this exhibit tour takes place on the following morning.

Offering free admission daily, the National Zoo, a Smithsonian institution founded in 1889, is one of the oldest zoos in the United States. A diverse variety of animal life calls this 163-acre park home, including 2,700 animals representing more than 390 species.

The National Zoo is located at 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008.

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Disclaimer/Terms: These opportunities are subject to last-minute cancellations; always confirm by calling/clicking.


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