Birmingham Zoo
  • Today's Regular Hours: 9am to 4pm

Visitor Info

Daily Activities

Below are all of the regularly scheduled activities at the Zoo. If you’re looking for special events, head over to our Events page. If you’re looking for additional information about your visit, check out our Visitor Info page.

Regular Zoo Hours

9am to 5pm –  Monday – Sunday

*The Zoo will close at 4pm during Boo at the Zoo presented by Wells Fargo

Train Rides

9am - 5pm — Every Day

Cost: $2.50 (plus tax)
All aboard! Take a scenic ride through the Zoo on the Birmingham Zoo Express or the Red Diamond Express. You’ll learn about many of the Zoo’s animals and exhibits from the Zoo’s train conductor.

Wild Slide – Enjoy Your Ride!

9am - 5pm — Saturday, Sunday

Open October 12

Open during Boo at the Zoo and ZooLight Safari

Cost: $2.50 (plus tax)


Carousel Rides

9am - 5pm — Every Day

Cost: $2.50 (plus tax)

*Please be aware that the Carousel will be closed on September 28, 29 and 30 for maintenance. 

Take a spin on the Zoo’s animal-themed carousel. There are an array of animals to choose from – a giraffe, rhinoceros, gorilla, cheetah, frog, zebra and many more. Pick your favorite and enjoy the ride!

Kiwanis Giraffe Encounter

9:30am - 11:30am — Friday, Saturday, Sunday
1:00pm - 3:00pm — Friday, Saturday, Sunday

*Additional cost.

Red Diamond Sea Lion Splash Show

10am — Saturday, Sunday
2pm — Saturday, Sunday

This wet, wild and fun show features the Zoo’s two sea lions, Giovanni and Farley, who were rescued from the Bay Area in California. Sit back, relax and be entertained during this seated narrated presentation. Learn all about sea lions while watching them show off their moves by performing natural behaviors. This year, you’ll get an even closer look at this aquatic species and see Gio and Farley perform back flips, high jumps and a balancing act.

Jane H. Brock Soaring Safari Zipline Adventure

10am - 4:30pm — Saturday
12pm - 4:30pm — Sunday

Open October 12

Cost: $12 (plus tax) for Members
$15 (plus tax) for Non-Members

Visit the Soaring Safari Page for more information.

Sea Lion Training

10:00am — Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
2:00pm — Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Macaw Keeper Chat and Photo Op

10:30am — Saturday, Sunday
2:30pm — Saturday, Sunday

Boma Encounter

11am — Every Day

Predator Zone (Lion Training)

11:30am — Saturday, Sunday
3:30pm — Saturday, Sunday

This exciting experience puts you face-to-face with African lions. Watch how the keepers care for the lions during this narrated presentation. Predator Zone features a training area where zookeepers and visitors are on the same level as the animals. See behind-the-scenes training that the keepers conduct on a daily basis to care for the Zoo’s lions.

Junior League of Birmingham – Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo Corral

1pm - 3pm — Saturday, Sunday

Pelican Feeding

1:15pm — Saturday, Sunday

A great way to see the Zoo’s American White Pelicans in action is to help feed them their favorite treat at the Pelican Pond! Learn interesting facts about these fascinating water birds while tossing fish right into their wide open bills.

Junior League of Birmingham – Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo Keeper Chat

1:30pm — Every Day

Junior League of Birmingham – Hugh Kaul Children’s Zoo Husbandry Demo

3:30pm — Saturday, Sunday