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Catch the Wave at Stingray Bay!

Stingray Bay is open from mid-March through October.
Hours of operation are subject to change without notice due to weather conditions, temperatures below 55 degrees or routine animal care.


Stingray bay poster What is Stingray Bay?

Zoo guests and members now have the amazing opportunity to see stingrays up close and touch these majestic creatures! Guests can interact with these beautiful animals as they “fly” and glide through a 16,000 gallon 2-feet deep saltwater pool. The exhibit collection of 34 animals includes 25 cownose stingrays, a bat ray and eight white-spotted bamboo sharks.


Where is it located?

Stingray Bay is located east of the Canopy Food Court on your way to the upper level of the Aquaticus building.

Will someone be available to assist me?

Yes. Trained staff members are always on hand to monitor the pool, inform guests about the best ways to touch the animals and answer questions.

What types of stingrays will I see?

Cownose stingrays, a bat ray and white-spotted bamboo sharks gracefully fly, slide and glide through their Stingray Bay home. Stingrays are typically bottom feeders that eat crustaceans, mollusks and other invertebrates in their natural environment.

I’m excited to touch the stingrays, but is it safe?

Absolutely! Because they continue to grow, each stingray barb is carefully trimmed off by Zoo staff several times a year. The painless trimming procedure is similar to cutting human fingernails. Safe for all ages, the landscaped pool features a waterfall and a wide ledge for toddlers to lean against when touching the rays.

This sounds cool! How much does it cost and what are the hours?

Admission to Stingray Bay is $3 per person. Children two and under are free. ZooFriends' memberships do not apply. Stingray Bay is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during regular hours. If you happen to be at the Bay when the stingrays are being fed, you can purchase food to feed them for $2.

I'm in! Tell me more!

Strollers, food and drink are not allowed in the pool area. All guests must wash their hands at the hand-washing station before entering the pool area. Children must be accompanied by a paid chaperone 16 years old or older.

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Children must be accompanied by a paid chaperone 16 yrs or older.

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