For low-cost family fun, spend a day at the zoo or aquarium with your kids. Oklahoma offers a variety of different zoos and aquariums throughout the state. Let’s take a look at some of the best.
Oklahoma City Zoo
The Oklahoma City Zoo is home to hundreds of animals — from elephants to lions, and flamingos to lizards. In addition to all the animals that you can see, this zoo also offers a variety of other activities, rides and attractions. Kids love the tram, train, paddleboats and carousel. For a couple bucks extra, you can check out the sea lion show or take a safari voyage. One of the coolest things at the zoo is the giraffe feeding platform, where for just $3 you can get up close and personal with a giraffe to actually feed it.
Location: 2101 NE 50th St., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111
Rates: Adults: $8; Kids (ages 3 to 11) and Seniors: $5; Kids 2 and under: free. Parking is also free.
Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum
Bring your whole family to the Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum, where you can see hundreds of animals from around the world. Some favorites include giraffes from Africa, monkeys from the tropical rainforest and big cats from Asia. This zoo also has some exhibits that you’d expect from an aquarium, including a new sea lion exhibit, an award-winning African penguin exhibit and other creatures from the world’s oceans and islands. The Children’s Zoo area is also a hit among little ones. Our favorite thing about the Tulsa Zoo — camel rides!
Location: 6421 E. 36th St. N., Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74115
Rates: Adults: $8; Kids (ages 3 to 11): $4; Kids 2 and under: free. Parking is $2 per car.
Safari’s Interactive Animal Sanctuary
Also known as the Broken Arrow Zoo, Safari’s Interactive Animal Sanctuary is home to over 200 rescue animals including bears, big cats, crocodiles, monkeys, wolves and more. Keep in mind that the Broken Arrow Zoo is only open to the public on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. This interactive rescue zoo allows visitors to get up close to the animals. You’ll love the thrill of feeding the animals — including the barnyard animals, big cats, kangaroos and monkeys. You can even spend the night at the zoo in an 1800s log cabin!
Location: 26881 E. 58 St., Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, 74014
Rates: Adults: $8; Kids (ages 3 to 12) and Seniors: $6; Kids 2 and under: free. Parking is $2 per car.
Your whole family will love the up-close and often hands-on experiences at this popular aquarium. The Oklahoma Aquarium is located in Jenks near the Arkansas River. This amazing aquarium features a million gallons of water and more than 4,000 sea creatures. The shark exhibit is spectacular. Visitors enter an underwater viewing tunnel where the largest bull sharks in captivity (as well as a number of other types of sharks) swim all around. Check their website for the feeding schedule so you can get a glimpse of beavers, eels, piranha, turtles and other animals during feeding time. Kids will also love the overnight camps and other special events.
Location: 300 Aquarium Drive, Jenks, Oklahoma, 74037
Rates: Adults: $14; Seniors and military: $12; Kids (ages 3 to 12): $10; Kids 2 and under: free. Parking is $2 per car.
Tiger Safari is an interactive, exotic zoological park located in Tuttle, Oklahoma. This 45-acre park is home to over 100 rescue animals. This isn’t just a drive-through park where you view the animals from your car. You can actually go on a walk-through guided tour and even stay at the park, lodging on the grounds in one of their authentic African bush huts or camping in an outdoor tree house overlooking the park. For an extra fee, you can feed chicken legs to a tiger using a long pole! Tiger’s Safari is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: 963 County St. 2930, Tuttle, Oklahoma, 73089
Rates: Adults: $8; Kids (ages 3 to 12): $6; Kids 2 and under: free. Feeding tours are $10. Other fees for special tours, private photo shoots and overnight stays.