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Ark Encounter Hours

Current Hours

Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Monday to Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Parking lot gates open one hour before the Ark Encounter opens.

Seasonal hours change on November 26, 2021.

See All Seasonal Hours

August 16 – November 24, 2021

Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Monday to Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.*

*Closes early at 3:00 p.m. on November 18, 2021, for a staff event.

*Closed Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 2021.

November 26 – December 30, 2021

Ark Encounter Hours

These hours include the time that the exhibits inside the life-size Ark are available to tour with an admission ticket. The Ark exhibits are not available to tour as part of the free ChristmasTime event extended hours.

Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Monday to Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.*

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.*

*Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 24–25, 2021.

Christmas Program Extended Hours

ChristmasTime Calendar

Evenings with ChristmasTime extended hours are in green.

Celebrate Christmas during our free holiday exclusive event, ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter.
5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on select days. (See the green days on the calendar.)

Please note that the exhibits inside the Ark are not available to tour as a part of these free ChristmasTime event extended hours.

*Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 24–25, 2021.

December 31, 2021 – March 8, 2022

Winter Hours

Wednesday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Closed Sunday through Tuesday

March 9 – May 27, 2022

Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Monday to Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

May 28 – August 14, 2022

Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Monday to Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


All hours are Eastern Time. Operating hours are subject to change.

The Ark Encounter is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Gates for incoming traffic close 30 minutes prior to closing.

Emzara’s Restaurant

To see when Emzara’s restaraunt and other food venues will be open during your visit, please visit the dining page for more information.

Zip Lines

Availability varies throughout the year. Find out more at arkencounterzip.com or call (859) 824-2901.