Ride Tickets


Enjoy one (1) ride on the Protective Life Carousel or Red Diamond Express Train!

Rides are open and operating Wednesday through Sunday from 10am until 3pm, weather permitting.

  • Ride tickets are for daytime operation only and are not valid for special events.
  • One ticket per person per ride, ages 2 years and up.
  • Children under 2 years old must be accompanied by a paying adult on the train and carousel.
  • Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult chaperone on the train.
  • Full Moon Wild Slide and Splash Pads are CLOSED
  • Last Ride time is fifteen (15) minutes before the Zoo closes

PLEASE NOTE  Ride tickets are non-refundable but are date-transferable up to one year after purchase date. Zoo Discounts for rides cannot be combined with any additional coupons, specials, or offers.


General Admission



Tickets are required for all guests and Zoo Members whether purchased online or at the gate


    • Tickets may take up to thirty (30) minutes to be delivered to inbox.
    • Last entry into the Zoo stops one (1) hour before closing.

Member Tickets Zoo Members receive free admission into the Zoo and can reserve a free ticket online before your visit.

  • Sign-in at the top-right of the ticketing page to access and reserve free ticket
    • Once signed in, add the member-type ticket you need (Member Adult/Member Child).
    • Please Note: Only add the number of member-type tickets to your order based on how many people are on your membership. You may also purchase up to six (6) discounted non-member tickets for guests with your 25% Member discount. 
    • Proceed to checkout, and the sum will discount to zero ($0) at order preview before you confirm and enter your credit card information.
    • Please contact membership@birminghamzoo.com if you do not see your discounts or are prompted to enter credit card information on a members-only order.
  • Purchase or renew a Zoo Membership HERE


Rides & Animal Encounter ticket information - click HERE


Admission tickets are non-refundable but are date-transferable up to one year after the purchase date. Zoo Discounts cannot be combined with any additional coupons, specials, or offers. Reciprocal Zoo discounts are available onsite at the ticket booth.


Breakfast with Characters

Brunch with the Bachelors

Wake up, elephant lovers! You won’t want to miss Birmingham Zoo’s premier event for all things elephant: Brunch with the Bachelors. This pachyderm party is a limited event for our three bachelor elephants and a small group of their biggest admirers.

Event details:

  • Tickets: $200 a Table (up to 4 guests). Due to safety and distancing precautions, individual tickets cannot be purchased.  Should you have more than 4 guests for your table, please reply to your confirmation email and request a call from one of our staffers. You can add up to 3 more guests for $50 each.
  •  Time: Brunch with the Bachelors begins promptly at 10 am. Greeters will be on hand at the main gate to check you into the event. Tours will begin immediately following breakfast at 11 am. 
  • Tickets: When your tickets arrive via email, please print them or bring your phone with you for entry. Tickets are required for this event.
  • Weather: Birmingham Zoo is a rain-or-shine facility. Should weather conditions be inadvisable to provide this experience, a zoo representative will contact you directly in advance.
  • Personal Photography: You are welcome to bring your own camera and phone to the event. Please silence your phone during all tours and demonstrations.
  • Age/Attire: Guests must be at least 5 years of age to participate in the behind-the-scenes tour. Face coverings must be worn by all guests ages 3 and up, except when seated at your brunch table.  Closed-toed shoes are required.

Your VIP experience includes:

  • Classic Brunch and Waffles safely serviced to you by our catering professionals.
  • Private elephant demonstration during your dining time. 
  • Private, behind-the-scenes group tour of the “bachelor pad” with a dedicated expert.
  • An exclusive keepsake to remember this unique experience
  • Continue the adventure with admission to the Zoo.


Volunteer Orientation

Fee covers the cost of Volunteer Background Check and 1 Volunteer T-shirt. 


Additional t-shirts can be purchased at:

Volunteer T-Shirt

ZooRendezvous/Wild at Heart

The Birmingham Zoo cordially invites you to join us for our first-ever virtual luau with ZooRendezvous

Dine, dance, and toast from the comfort of your home as we celebrate our 65th Zooversary with Presenting Sponsor IBERIABANK. Party virtually Hawaiian-style with music by Electric Avenue and thrill to Hula Dancers and other guest appearances. Pre-order a dinner, charcuterie, or wine package and we'll have them delivered to your home on the evening of the event!

Event Info Sign Up: By registering for the 2020 Zoo Rendezvous, you will receive Pre- and Post information about the event. The event is FREE, open to all and there is no cost to participate. 

Wine Package: Have a spectacular bottle of Diora Rose wine and swag delivered to your home and support the Zoo! 

Charcuterie for Four Package: Have a spectacular charcuterie board prepared by Savor Style, and a bottle of Holman Ranch "Heather's Hill" Pinot Noir and swag delivered to your home and support the Zoo! Includes an assortment of the finest cheeses, meats, and spreads including Stone Hollow Farmstead Chèvre, Dayspring Dairy Gouda, Petite Brie, La Quercia Prosciutto, Rosemary Marcona almonds, Beeseasonal Honey and more, all presented on a keepsake herringbone wood board! 

Dinner for Two Package: Have a spectacular dinner prepared by Food Bar, along with a bottle of Jarman Pinot Noir by Holman Ranch and swag delivered to your home and support the Zoo! Feast on traditional fire-roasted Pineapple Chicken, local greens, and mouth-watering Hawaiian-style side dishes. Then, top it off with a decadent Passion Fruit Pound Cake for dessert!

To donate: If you would like to make a straight donation to the ZooRendezvous fundraiser, you may go HERE.

ZooRendezvous will be broadcast via the Zoo’s Youtube on September 10 at www.youtube.com/c/bhamzoo. Virtual pre-show starts at 6:45pm and our main event luau begins at 7pm. 

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