Birmingham Zoo
  • Today's Regular Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Visitor Info

Visitor Info

Skip the lines – purchase your tickets online!

 *Giraffe Feeding, Lorikeet Feeding, Red Diamond Express Train and the Protective Life Carousel are an additional fee and may be purchased upon arrival to the Zoo.  

Regular Zoo Hours

Days:  Wednesday – Sunday

Time:     9:00 am – 4:00 pm

  • Last entry into the Zoo stops thirty (30) minutes before closing         

Tickets & Pricing

We encourage guests to purchase admission tickets online before your visit!

General Admission Tickets

  • Tickets are required for all zoo visitors without memberships
    • Guests can purchase tickets online before your visit – Purchase Tickets HERE
    • Last entry into the Zoo stops thirty (30) minutes before closing

Member Admission is FREE with Membership Card – Scan in at kiosks located at front entrance

  • Please Note: You may also purchase up to six (6) discounted non-member tickets for guests with your 25% Member discount. 
  • Purchase or renew a Zoo Membership HERE


  • Admission tickets are non-refundable but are date-transferable up to one year after the purchase date.
  • Zoo Discounts cannot be combined with any additional coupons, specials, or offers.
  • Reciprocal Zoo discounts are available onsite at the ticket booth.


Purchase Tickets HERE


*plus tax
2-12 years old
UNDER 2 years old
65 years +
Includes spouses and dependents 
*Must show military ID and/or spouse/dependent ID
EMT/Paramedics, Firefighters, Law Enforcement
*Must show current valid ID or badge
*Must show current valid student ID
*Available to Alabama residents who currently receive SNAP benefits
**Must show a valid, un-expired, signed EBT card in beneficiary's name
***Available for daytime general admission on any day Birmingham Zoo is open, up to four (4) discount admission tickets per day
$10 Adult
$7 Child (age 2-12)



Please see the schedule below to know when your favorite rides will be offered.

*Full Moon Wild Slide is CLOSED until further notice.  *All rides are weather dependent.

TRAIN 9:00am - 4:00pm*9:00am - 4:00pm*9:00am-4:00pm*9:00am-4:00pm*9:00am-4:00pm*
*PLEASE NOTE: Your ride operator will take a lunch break from 12:00 noon – 1:00pm each day; the train will not be operating during this time.

  • Family Plus Member Ride Wristbands will be available onsite at the Zoo when you show your membership card.
  • Ride tickets are for daytime operation only and are not valid for special events
    • One ticket per person per ride, ages 2 years and up.
    • Children under 2 years old must be accompanied by a paying adult on the train and carousel.
    • Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult chaperone on the train.
    • Ride tickets are non-refundable but are date-transferable up to one year after the purchase date.
    • Zoo Discounts for rides cannot be combined with any additional coupons, specials, or offers.

OPEN Areas & Attractions

Rides & Attractions

  • Splash Pad
    • Weather Dependent
    • Time 9:00 am – 4:45 pm

Animal Buildings & Areas

  • Predators
  • Reptiles
  • South America/Primates
  • Children’s Zoo Barn
  • Trails of Africa
  • ZOO MAP Download a copy of our map of the Zoo, here

Animal Encounters & Experiences 

  • Goat Walk
    • Weather Dependent 
    • Time  9:30 am
    • Included with the price of daily admission and Members receive free daily admission
    • The Goat Walk is an exciting experience and enrichment activity/exercise for our goats and is not interactive for guests, but is viewable from the walking paths around Alabama Wilds. Please note, the route of the goat walk varies and goats may be walked through certain areas restricted to guests.

Gift Shops

  • Front Entrance Gift Shop
    • Open  
    • Time  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Online Gift Shop click HERE to visit

Food & Beverage

  • Nourish 205 in Children’s Zoo – outside dining, walk-up window, and indoor dining area
    • Open
    • Time  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Menu  click HERE
  • Wild Burger – Located at the Peak in Trails of Africa
    • Open 
    • Time 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Menu click HERE
  • Elephant Cart – OPEN Friday through Sunday / 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Outdoor Areas

  • Henley Park Lawn
  • Nature Play area on Henley Park Lawn

CLOSED Areas & Attractions

  • Zoo Grounds and a majority of buildings/indoor animal areas are open, but some playgrounds, Full Moon Wild Slide are CLOSED

Rides & Attraction

  • Kiwanis Giraffe Encounter (until Spring 2023)

Buildings & Areas

  • BOMA Yard – Closed for renovations

Food & Beverage

    • TouCantina Bar & Funnel Cakes on Henley Lawn in front of the flamingo habitat

Health & Safety Protocols

Face Masks

  • Face Masks are strongly encouraged to be properly worn inside buildings and outside when social distancing cannot be maintained. 
  • All Guests & Members to the Birmingham Zoo are strongly encouraged to wear face masks for the protection of other animals, staff, volunteers, and guests.
  • Zoo Staff are required to wear face masks around many animals and to maintain other heightened safety protocols

Social Distancing

  • Capacity  The Zoo maintains strict limits on attendance
  • Ground Markers  Directional and distancing markers will guide guests through the Zoo
  • Signage and other measures will remind visitors of safe & healthy practices and to follow social distancing guidelines
  • ZOO MAP Download a copy of our map of the Zoo, here

Staying Healthy

  • Hand Sanitizing Stations have been installed throughout the Zoo and made readily accessible.
  • Sanitation Procedures  The Zoo has enhanced our rigorous sanitation protocols and cleaning standards to ensure that all facilities will be thoroughly disinfected.
  • High-touch Areas  Staff will be routinely cleaning all surfaces and public areas, such as handrails, viewing glass, door handles, sensory room, and restrooms.
  • Feeling Sick? The Zoo continues to follow the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines by asking staff and guests to stay home if they are sick, feel sick, or have a fever. We are also encouraging respiratory etiquette, hand hygiene, face masks, and maintaining other heightened safety protocols.

Zoo Manners

  • Feeding animals is not allowed. Please respect the special diets of the animals. Treats or “people food” can cause stomach problems for these wonderful creatures.
  • Keep habitat areas clean and debris-free. Please help us by not throwing items into the habitats of the animals. Even simple objects can be hazardous if swallowed.
  • Stand within the visitor viewing area. Fences and barriers around the animal areas are there for your safety and that of the animals. Please stay on the walkways and viewing areas provided. Stepping over and climbing on barriers is not allowed.
  • No pets inside the Zoo only service dogs are permitted. The Zoo does not offer pet boarding facilities. We allow trained service dogs. Please check with Visitor Services for exact instructions if you are here with a service dog.
  • No smoking. No vaping. Recognizing the health, safety, and comfort benefits to humans and animals, Birmingham Zoo maintains a smoke-free, e-cigarette and tobacco product-free environment for all, including areas of Birmingham Zoo property, parking lot, outside grounds, picnic areas, and buildings. Visitors are required to extinguish all smoking materials, including e-cigarettes, before entering Zoo grounds.
  • No outside food. Thank you for not bringing outside food into the Zoo. Food and beverages can be purchased at Nourish205, Wild Burger, Sidetrack, and the Gift Shop.

Allergy Information

The Birmingham Zoo is a facility that uses nuts and nut products for animal diet purposes. Traces of nuts or nut products may be found in areas where animal feedings are conducted and areas where Programs and Educational animal demonstrations are performed. The safety of our guests remains a top priority and the Zoo takes precautions to provide a safe environment.