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)

2021 Shows 


DatesTimesPer PersonNotes
August 21-October 31 Saturdays and Sundays only, 11 a.m. 1 and 3 p.m. $3.95 Children under age 2 are free
September 6 Labor Day, 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 45 minutes before each published show time at the Sea Lion Show ticket booth at Judy and Jerry Kent Family Sea Lion Sound.

Entry to 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


Audio description for the blind and visually impaired is provided for all shows the second Saturday of the month from June through August, 2021. 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.

If you know you will be using this service in advance, please contact Laura Seger at so that we can be more prepared for your visit.

*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.