Service Update

The majority of our Zoo experiences are available with modified service and enhanced safety protocols. Some experiences are temporarily closed for your health and safety. Please see Zoo Reservations for more information on what changes have been made for your safety. 
All guests, including Zoo members, must now reserve FREE, timed tickets prior to visiting the Saint Louis Zoo. 
Make a Zoo Reservation (Required)



DatesTimesPer PersonNotes
 Spring Weekend Shows
April 3-May 9  Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. 1 and 3 p.m. $3.95 Children under age 2 are free
Daily Sumer Shows
May 14-August 15 Daily, 11 a.m. 1 and 3 p.m. $3.95 Children under age 2 are free

The schedule is weather permitting and subject to change.


Tickets are available starting at 9 a.m. at the Sea Lion Show ticket booth at Judy and Jerry Kent Family Sea Lion Sound.

The show is first-come, first-served. Seating is limited.

  • Zoo members may redeem their Member Tickets for timed show tickets at the Sea Lion Show ticket booth. 
  • Sea Lion Shows are included in the Adventure Pass but do require free, timed show tickets. Adventure Pass holders may get tickets at the Sea Lion Show ticket booth.


Audio description for the blind and visually impaired is provided for all shows the second Saturday of the month from May through November. Audio description gives people who have impaired vision a more complete picture of the show experience. A special listening device is required and available near the ticket booth, free of charge.

American Sign Language interpreters are also present for all shows on the second Saturday of the month, March through November. 

*A limited supply of complimentary Assisted Listening Devices is available for the arena. 

Sea Lion Superstars

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

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