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Daily Activities

Regular Zoo Hours

Days Wednesday – Sunday

Time 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

  • Birmingham Zoo is closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Entry into the Zoo stops thirty (30) minutes before closing
  • Holidays observed
      • Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, November 25, 2021, the Zoo will be CLOSED
    • Christmas Eve EARLY CLOSING at 1:00 pm on Friday, December 24, 2021
    • Christmas Day on Saturday, December 25, 2021, the Zoo will be CLOSED
  • Early Closing Dates and Times
      • Friday, December 24 at 1:00 pm

 


 

Rides

 

LIMITED RIDE HOURS: Your Zoo is working hard to give you the opportunity to enjoy the Red Diamond Express Train and Protective Life Carousel rides you love during both daytime operating hours and throughout the night during  Glow Wild (event and rides are weather dependent). To accomplish this, we have adjusted the hours that train and carousel rides will be available. Please see the schedule below to know when your favorite rides will be offered.

  • Train & Carousel tickets stop being sold at 8:00 pm during Glow Wild.
  • Full Moon Wild Slide is CLOSED for repairs and renovation until further notice.

 

 WEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAY
TRAIN Daytime1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm1:00 pm - 3:30 pm1:00 pm - 3:30 pm1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
TRAIN Glow Wild5:00 pm - 8:45 pm5:00 pm - 8:45 pm5:00 pm - 8:45 pm5:00 pm - 8:45 pm5:00 pm - 8:45 pm
CAROUSEL DaytimeCLOSEDCLOSEDCLOSEDCLOSEDCLOSED
CAROUSEL Glow Wild5:00 pm - 8:45 pm5:00 pm - 8:45 pm5:00 pm - 8:45 pm5:00 pm - 8:45 pm5:00 pm - 8:45 pm

 

 

  • Family Plus Member Ride Wristbands cannot be reserved online
    • FPM wristbands but will be available onsite at the Zoo when you arrive.
    • Show Member card to receive wristbands onsite.
  • 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.
  • Limited Capacity & Cleaning
    • The train and carousel will be operating at limited capacity to ensure riders are at safe distance from one another.
    • In addition, the train and carousel will be thoroughly disinfected and cleaned after each ride.
  • PLEASE NOTE
    • 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

Red Diamond Express Train

  • Weather Dependent
  • Wednesday – Sunday
    • Time  1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • The Train will be open and operating during event nights of Glow Wild starting November 17 until January 17 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm (weather dependent) 

Protective Life Carousel

  • CLOSED during daytime operating hours (until further notice)
  • The Carousel will be open and operating during event nights of Glow Wild starting November 17 until January 17 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm (weather dependent) 

Animal Buildings & Areas

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

 

Animal Encounters & Experiences 

  • Goat Walk
    • Weather Dependent 
    • Wednesday – Sunday
    • 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.

 

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
  • Animal Experiences & Encounters including wildlife shows and demonstrations have been postponed

 

Rides & Attractions

  • Protective Life Carousel
    • CLOSED during daytime operating hours (until further notice)
    • The Carousel will be open and operating during event nights of Glow Wild starting November 17 until January 17 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm (weather dependent) 
  • Full Moon Wild Slide 
    • CLOSED until further notice
  • CLOSED for the season – reopening Spring 2022
    • Splash Pads
    • Kiwanis Giraffe Encounter & Feedings
    • MyEyeDr. Lorikeet Feedings & Aviary

Buildings & Areas

  • Trails of Africa Playground

Encounters & Experiences 

  • Camel Rides
  • Predator Zone Lion Training
  • Sea Lion Show
  • Wildlife Show
  • Flamingo Feeding
  • Ambassador Animals (Mammals)
  • Chipangali Research Station