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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.

See All Seasonal Hours

March 10 – May 28, 2021

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

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

May 29 – August 15, 2021

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

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

August 16 – November 24, 2021

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

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

* From Aug. 16 through Sept. 10, certain venues will have extended hours for the 40 Days & Nights music festival.

*Closed Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 2021

November 26 – December 30, 2021

Christmas Program Hours

Celebrate Christmas during our free holiday exclusive event, ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter.
5:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. on Select Days (See hours below.)

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

Monday and Tuesday (November 29, 30, December 6, 7, 13, 14): 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Monday and Tuesday (December 20, 21, 27, 28): 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)

*Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Dec. 24–25, 2021

December 31, 2021 – March 9, 2022

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