Birmingham Zoo
  • Today's Regular Hours: 9am to 5pm

Visitor Info

Daily Activities

Please read carefully before planning your visit.


Zoo Hours

Days Wednesday – Sunday

Time 9:00am – 5:00pm

  • 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 1:00pm on Thursday, December 23, 2021
    • Christmas Day on Friday, December 24, 2021 the Zoo will be CLOSED
  • Early Closing Dates and Times
    • Thursday, December 23 at 1pm
  • Pre-purchase and reserve timed admission tickets online the day before your visit – Tickets HERE
  • PLEASE NOTE: Online tickets sales and reservations stop at midnight the night before. **Day of visit – tickets will only be available onsite at the gate**




Red Diamond Express Train

Protective Life Carousel

  • Weather Dependent 
  • Time  10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Cost Single tickets are $3.95 (plus tax) for ONE (1) RIDE, per person.
  • Tickets  Sold and purchased onsite at each ride location ONLY.
    • Guests cannot purchase ride tickets at the front gate nor online.
    • Unlimited Ride Wristbands are not available for purchase.
    • One (1) ticket per person, per ride, for ages 2 years and up
  • 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.
    • Ride tickets are non-refundable but are date-transferable up to one year after purchase date.
    • Zoo Discounts for rides cannot be combined with any additional coupons, specials, or offers.


Encounters & Experiences 

MyEyeDr. Lorikeet Feedings & Aviary

    • Weather Dependent 
    • OPEN  ONLY on Saturday and Sunday
    • Time  10:00am – 3:00pm
    • Cost  $3.95 per feeder (not per person) – plus tax
    • Tickets  Sold and purchased onsite at the MyEyeDr. Lorikeet Aviary ONLY
      • Guests cannot purchase feeding tickets online nor at the front gate
      • Face Masks  All visitors are required to wear face masks on the giraffe platform and to participate in feedings.

Kiwanis Giraffe Encounter & Feedings

    • CLOSED at this time