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Ark Encounter Hours

Current Hours

We are open with the following hours:

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

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

November and December evening hours may vary. See Seasonal Hours for more information.

See All Seasonal Hours

August 16 – October 31, 2020

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

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

November 1 – November 25, 2020

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, Nov. 26, 2020

November 27 – December 30, 2020

Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (includes ChristmasTime extended hours)

Monday and Tuesday (November 30, December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15): 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Monday and Tuesday (December 21, 22, 28, 29): 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (includes ChristmasTime extended hours)

Wednesday to Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (includes ChristmasTime extended hours)

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (includes ChristmasTime extended hours)

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

*Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Dec. 24–25, 2020

December 31, 2020 – March 9, 2021

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.


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.