Best Times to Visit the Animals
Don’t miss your favorite animals in action at their exhibits
With so many coasters, animals, and activities at the park, you need to schedule your time so you don’t miss any of the exciting action. If you time it correctly, you might catch an interesting presentation, interaction, or behavior at our animal encounters. Here are some of the best times to visit your favorite animals.
1. Watch the dive presentation in the morning.
Every Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m., stop by our Shark Experience to watch an entertaining and informative dive presentation. Aquarists, decked out in full scuba gear, will swim in our tanks, feed the tropical fish, and pick up some shark teeth in the sand. You can see all the action from the large glass viewing windows, and you’re encouraged to ask questions after the presentation.
2. Visit the big cats during the cooler hours of the day.
The lions and cougars are often more active early in the morning and later in the evening, when the temperatures tend to be cooler. The cats will play and interact with each other before the afternoon sun drains their energy. The exhibit features high rock formations by the lake, and the scene appears majestic at dawn with the bold lions standing on their overlooks. Lions in the wild also use the early morning hours as their prime hunting time, so you may catch our trainers tossing pieces of meat during feeding time.
3. Witness shark feedings after lunch.
On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, our aquarists feed our sharks at 1 p.m. in the Shark Experience. Walk through the shark tunnel to watch our divers swim with and feed the ocean’s most-misunderstood predators. As a bonus, when you visit the Shark Experience in the afternoon, you can take a brief break and cool off inside the air-conditioned tunnel.
4. Head to the shaded butterflies in the afternoon.
Our butterfly exhibit is a shaded pavilion that’s swarming with beautiful and colorful butterflies. Step out of the afternoon sun for a while and escape into the magical dreamland filled with these magnificent creatures. Observe their beauty and unique wing patterns while taking a rest from the action of the park.
5. Catch the tigers swimming in the midday heat.
While some of the big cats are more active in the morning and evening, the tigers show off their most notable behaviors in the afternoon. Our Bengal and Siberian tigers relax in their outdoor habitat, and when it gets warm enough, they’ll jump in their pool and demonstrate the underwater swimming talents.
6. Cool off next to our dolphin pools.
You can also visit the shaded Dolphin Harbor viewing windows early in the day, which you see almost immediately after entering the park. At the Dolphin Encounter, stand next to our refreshing water to feel a sense of rejuvenation, and while you’re there, there may be an opportunity to actually get up close and feed the dolphins during specific times of the day. The best way to cool off with our dolphins is to catch Drench! where you’ll be amazed by the grace and agility of out bottlenose dolphins and if you’re sitting in the first few rows, are sure to get soaked by them too.
What’s your favorite time to visit an animal attraction?