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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 7:00 p.m.

Parking lot gates open 30 minutes before the Ark Encounter opens.

See Seasonal Hours

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.

August 15 – November 23, 2022

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

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

*Closed Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2022.

November 25 – December 30, 2022

Ark Encounter 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, 2022.

Christmas Program Extended Hours

Celebrate Christmas during our free holiday exclusive event on select days, ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter.

*Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 24–25, 2022.

December 31, 2022 – March 7, 2023

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


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.