Birmingham Zoo
  • Today's Regular Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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

Children’s Zoo Fountains

Every Day

*Weather permitting

Train Rides

9am - 5pm — Every Day

Cost: $3

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.

Carousel Rides

9am - 5pm — Every Day

Cost: $3

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!

Giraffe Feedings

9:30 am - 11:30 am — Every Day
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm — Every Day

Cost: $3 plus tax

Foam Zone

10am - 4pm — Saturday, Sunday

*Requires Ticket
Weather dependent

Jane H. Brock Soaring Safari Zipline Adventure

10:00 am - 6:30 pm — Saturday
12:00 pm - 6:30 pm — Sunday

For more information on the Jane H. Brock Soaring Safari Zipline Adventure powered by Red Mountain Park, please click here.

Red Diamond Sea Lion Show

10:00am — Saturday, Sunday
2:00pm — Saturday, Sunday

Wild Slide – Enjoy Your Ride!

10 am - 4:30 pm — Saturday, Sunday

Cost: $3

Children’s Zoo Contact Yard

10:00 am - 12:00 pm — Every Day

Schaeffer Eye Center Lorikeet Feedings

10am - 4pm — Every Day

Hand feed the beautiful lorikeets in the Schaeffer Eye Center Lorikeet Aviary.

Cost: $1.50 plus tax for nectar

Sea Lion Training

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

Camel Rides

10 am - 4 pm — Every Day

Cost: $5 plus tax

Schaeffer Eye Center Wildlife Show

11 am — Saturday, Sunday

Elephant Chat

11:00 am — Saturday, Sunday

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.

Pelican Feeding

1:15pm — Every Day

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

Children’s Zoo Goat Show

2 pm — Every Day

Komodo Dragon

2:30 pm — Saturday

Snake Feeding

2:30pm — Thursday

Behind-The-Scenes with Programs Animals

3 pm — Saturday, Sunday

Located at the Schaeffer Eye Center Wildlife Stage

Creature Carts

3 pm — Wednesday, Thursday