A top-rated Saint Louis Zoo attraction, the First Bank Sea Lion Show at the new Sea Lion Sound is oceans of fun for the whole family!

Sea Lion Superstars

The Zoo's California sea lion stars will make their way back to the stage in 2014. Some of the acrobatic and athletic behaviors you'll see from these intelligent animals include:

  • Olympic-style dives on a high-diving platform
  • Powerful swimming
  • Hurdle and high jumps
  • Flipper walks
  • Balancing acts
  • Frisbee tosses
  • Lots of splashing and even more surprises!

While on stage with the animals, our trainers explain sea lion behavior and positive-reinforcement training, animal fun facts and the need for conserving the sea lions' ocean habitat.

Lichtenstein Sea Lion Arena

Our 811-seat amphitheater, which opened with Sea Lion Sound in summer 2012, features the large Ann Lux Family Stage and a rock bridge extending into the audience offering an up-close look at the playful sea lions. Watch the sea lions swim underwater in the 40,000-gallon acrylic saltwater pool surrounding the stage. The arena also offers shaded seating with a huge fabric awning and giant, whisper-quiet fans overhead for audience comfort.


Spring Training Shows

March 14-29, 2015
1 and 3 p.m. every day
$2/person. Children under 2 are free.

March 14 at 1 p.m. -- Special guest Brad Thompson, former St. Louis Cardinal pitcher and current co-host of "The Fast Lane" on 101ESPN, will toss out the "first fish" to kick off Spring Training shows.

The sea lions have all reported to spring training at Sea Lion Sound, and you're invited to cheer them on from the bleachers. Our "Fish League" practices even include a few baseball-themed activities for the animal athletes — Cardinals-inspired, of course! Fans can observe the animals working on new behaviors with their trainers at this sneak peek into the show season.

Weekend Shows

April 4-May 17, 2015
Saturdays-Sundays only at 10:30 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.
$4/person. Children under 2 are free.

Opening Day is set for April 4 with shows on weekends only through May 17. Our roster of sea lion superstars will thrill you with flipper walks, ball balancing, high dives and lots of splashing!

Daily Summer Shows

May 22-September 7, 2015
10:30 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. every day
4:30 p.m. show on weekends and holidays in summer
$4/person. Children under 2 are free.

The pinnipeds of summer are back for a full season of major league fun.

Fall Shows

September 12-November 29, 2015
Saturdays-Sundays only at 10:30 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. (weather permitting)
$4/person. Children under 2 are free.


Timed tickets are available at the Sea Lion Show ticket booth at Sea Lion Sound.

Zoo members may redeem their Anywhere passes for timed tickets at a Welcome Desk or at the Sea Lion Show ticket booth.

A limited supply of complimentary Assisted Listening Devices is available for the arena. An ID is required for use.