Stingray Beach

Stingray Beach is open for viewing only. Touch and feeding experiences are currently unavailable.

Stingray Beach is open daily from 9:00 am - 4:45 pm

Stingray Beach is an aquatic exhibit located in a new rotating exhibit gallery and is home to cownose and southern stingrays. Stingray Beach is included with regular Zoo admission.

Visitors will have the opportunity to touch the stingrays. Rays are typically docile creatures and seem to enjoy human interaction and contact, though the animals always have the choice to swim away if they don’t want attention. Windows along the sides of the pool offer underwater views of the rays.

The Stingray Beach facility contains shellfish and fin fish.

Stingray Feeding Experience

The feeding experience is led by experienced Zoo staff and lasts approximately 15 - 20 minutes. Each ticket holder will receive a cup of small fish and instruction on how to feed the rays. Participants must be at least 5 years of age.

  • The feeding experience is offered daily at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Tickets are $10/person.
  • Tickets may be purchased at the Visitor Services window at the Zoo entrance, Wild Things Unique Gifts, or Arctic Treasures Gift Shop.
  • Tickets may also be purchased online in advance of your visit.

Terms & Conditions:

  • Tickets are valid only for the specific date/time chosen by the purchaser and are not refundable.
  • Tickets may not be transferred to another date or time.
  • Tickets may be transferred to another person (minimum 5 years of age)
  • Member discount does not apply to the stingray feeding experience.

How To Touch A Stingray

  • Wash your hands and arms thoroughly before and after touching or feeding the stingrays. Handwashing stations are available at both the entrance and exit to the building.
  • Touch the back of the ray with a flat hand.
  • Keep your hand still and wait for the stingray to come to you.

VISITOR TIP: Wear a short-sleeved shirt when planning to visit Stingray Beach.

Cownose Rays

When observed from above, this ray appears to have the nose of a cow, giving it its name!

Habitat: Shallow coastal waters, usually swim at surface level

Wild Diet: Specializes on shelled invertebrates including clams, snails, lobsters, oysters, and crabs.

Reproduction: Ovoviviparous (eggs develop and hatch inside the body of the mother). Generally, each female only produces one pup at a time.

Southern Stingrays

Since they like to remain at the bottom of the ocean, they use spiracles (specialized openings on top of their head) to obtain oxygen from the water when their gills are covered.

Habitat: Coastal regions in tropical and subtropical waters of the western Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, to southeastern Brazil.

Wild Diet: Shellfish, marine worms, shrimp, crabs, and small fish along the sandy ocean bottom.

Reproduction: Up to 10 eggs hatch inside the body of the mother and rely on energy from their yolks until they are born.

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