Sea Lion Superstars

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!

The Zoo's California sea lion stars are back to the stage in 2016. 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.

2016 Shows

Daily Summer Shows

Through September 5
11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. every day
4 p.m. show on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays in summer
$4/person. Children under 2 are free.

Fall Weekend Shows

September 10 - 25
Saturdays & Sundays only
11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m.
$4/person. Children under 2 are free.

October 1- November 27 
Saturdays & Sundays only
1 and 2:30 p.m.
$4/person. Children under 2 are free.


Tickets are available 45 minutes prior to showtime at the Sea Lion Show ticket booth at Sea Lion Sound. The Show is first-come, first-served, and seating is limited.

Zoo members may redeem their Anywhere passes for tickets at the Sea Lion Show ticket booth.

Sea Lion Shows are included in the Adventure Pass.

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