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

Carousel Rides

9am - 5pm — Every Day

Cost: $2.50 (plus tax)

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!

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)


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.

Sea Lion Training

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

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