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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, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9am to 7pm – Saturday, Sunday

Children’s Zoo Fountains

Every Day

*Weather permitting

Train Rides

9am - 6:45pm — Saturday, Sunday
9am - 4:45pm — Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

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 - 6:45pm — Saturday, Sunday
9am - 4:45pm — Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

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 — Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm — Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Cost: $3 plus tax

Sea Lion Training Demonstration

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

Schaeffer Eye Center Lorikeet Feedings

10am - 5pm — Saturday, Sunday
10am - 2pm — Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

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

Cost: $1.50 plus tax for nectar

Red Diamond Sea Lion Show

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

Full Moon BBQ Wild Slide

10am - 4:45pm — Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
10am - 6:45pm — Saturday, Sunday

Cost: $3

Children’s Zoo Contact Yard

10am - 12pm — Saturday, Sunday

Elephant Chat

11am — Saturday, Sunday

Schaeffer Eye Center Wildlife Show

11 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.

Jane H. Brock Soaring Safari Zipline Adventure

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

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

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

1:30pm — Every Day

Children’s Zoo Goat Show

2 pm — Saturday, Sunday

Snake Feeding

2:30pm — Saturday, Sunday

Behind-The-Scenes with Programs Animals

3 pm — Saturday, Sunday

Located at the Schaeffer Eye Center Wildlife Stage