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Ark Encounter Hours

Current Hours

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

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

Sunday to Tuesday: Closed

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

See Seasonal Hours

December 31, 2022 – March 7, 2023

Wednesday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday to Tuesday Closed

March 8 – May 27, 2023

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

May 28 – August 14, 2023

Monday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

August 15 – September 9, 2023

Monday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

September 10 - November 22, 2023*

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

*Closing at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, November 9, 2023

*Closed Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2023

November 24 – December 31, 2023*

Monday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sunday Closed

*Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 24–25, 2023.


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.