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Ark Encounter Park Hours

September 1 – October 31, 2017

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

Sunday: Noon to 7:00 p.m.

November 1 – December 31, 2017

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

Sunday: Noon to 6:00 p.m.

Special extended hours are available to enjoy ChristmasTime at the Ark. Christmas program hours are 4:30 to 9 p.m. from December 8 – 23, 2017, and December 26 – January 15, 2018.

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

January 1 – February 28, 2018

Monday to Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: Noon to 5:00 p.m.

March 1 – May 31, 2018

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

Sunday: Noon to 7:00 p.m.

June 1 – August 31, 2018

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

Sunday: Noon to 9:00 p.m.


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

Last shuttle bus to the Ark from the parking lot departs 1½ hours before closing (gates for incoming traffic close 15 minutes prior).

Emzara’s Kitchen

To see when Emzara’s Kitchen 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. See the zip line page for more information or call Reservations at (800) 721-2298.