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Ark Encounter Hours

Current Hours

through December 30th

Sunday: Noon to 8:30 p.m.

Monday to Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

See All Seasonal Hours

November 29 – December 30, 2019

Sunday: Noon to 8:30 p.m.

Monday to Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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

*Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Dec. 24–25, 2019

December 31, 2019 – March 9, 2020

Closed Sunday and Monday

Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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

March 10 – May 31, 2020

Sunday: Noon to 7:00 p.m.

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

June 1 – August 18, 2020

Sunday: Noon to 9:00 p.m.

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

August 19 – October 31, 2020

Sunday: Noon to 6:00 p.m.

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

November 1 – November 27, 2020

Sunday: Noon to 6:00 p.m.

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

*Closed Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 2020


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. See the zip line page for more information or call Reservations at (800) 721-2298.