Daily Attractions

Note - All Zoo rides and attractions operate weather permitting of 55 degrees or higher with wind, rain and heat considerations. No guarantee of the following schedules can be made and all attractions are subject to change without notice.

New! Splash Pass - Enjoy each Sea Lion Presentation and one visit to Stingray Bay for $4 per person (Wednesdays through Sunday). Tickets sold at the Global Plaza ticket booths, Stroller window or ZooFriend's office. Splash Passes are available mid-March through Labor Day.

Centennial Choo Choo

Cost: $2 per person per ride. Children 2 and under are free, with paying adult.

Children's Zoo Barnyard

An interactive “touch” area with barnyard animals selected because of their gentleness with children. Each one is a rare species. The collection includes guinea hogs Fergie and Fancy; miniature donkeys Jasmine and Pinkee; 12 Nigerian dwarf goats (each named after an Oklahoma town) Gotebo, Norman, Duncan, Edmond, Bixby, Hugo, Perry, Oologah, Bowlegs, Chandler, Dewey and Jet; tunis sheep Sarabi and Tallulah; and rare rabbits and chickens.

Mid March - October Schedule: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., daily

November - Mid March: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., daily

Cost: Free

Children's Zoo Water Stream

Free.

Open daily throughout the spring and summer seasons. Children may get wet and need a change of clothes.

The Barnyard area will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, weather permitting.

Elephant Express

The Elephant Express shuttle services is located just past the ticket turnstiles to transport guests to and from the Elephant habitat of the Zoo.

Mid March - October Schedule:  Daily, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., weather permitting

November - Mid March Schedule: Daily, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., weather permitting

Cost: Children 2 and under are free with paying adult; $2 per person (one way).

Elephant Presentations

Cost: Free

All presentations are weather permitting with a temperature above 55 degrees.

March 1 - October 31: Daily presentations at 2 p.m. in the Elephant Pavilion, weather permitting. A Keeper Chat is also scheduled for Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. on the Elephant Boardwalk.

Cost: Free

Endangered Species Carousel

Mid-March - October Schedule:  Daily, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., weather permitting

November - Mid-March Schedule: Daily, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., weather permitting

Cost: $2 per person per ride. Must be 42 inches tall to ride alone.

Located by Zoo Lake and Carousel Cafe.

Explorikeet Adventure

Mid-March - October Schedule:  Daily, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., weather permitting

November - Mid-March Schedule: Daily, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., weather permitting

Cost: Free to enter; $3 to feed.

Located in the Children's Zoo.

Giraffe Feeding Platform

Mid-March - October Schedule: Daily from 11 a.m. - 12 noon and 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., weather permitting

November - Mid March Schedule: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Cost: $3 per person

Horticulture Happenings

Where is the Botanical Garden, you ask?

The entire Zoo is an accredited living museum and botanical garden!

The Zoo includes more than 30,000 specimens of flowering bulbs, unusual and hard-to-find plants and more than 100 Oklahoma native species--29 of which are listed as imperiled or rare. The Zoo also is home to the largest, walk-through outdoor Butterfly Garden in Oklahoma and many designated horticultural displays and collections. Identification plaques and labels distinguish significant plants throughout Zoo grounds.

Safari Cart Rental

Enjoy a relaxing, personalized, guided two-hour tour of the Zoo by renting a Safari Cart.

(Due to heavier crowds, Safari Carts are not available during Spring Break in March or special Zoo events.)

Safari Voyage

Ahoy, matey! The Safari Voyage cruises Zoo Lake. Guests will enjoy a smooth and relaxing 15- to 20-minute ride while the boat captain shares interesting facts about the Zoo, the boat and upcoming events. Each Boat seats up to 50 guests and is disability friendly. The dock is located near the Noble Aquatic Center: Aquaticus.

Schedule: Spring break, March 7-22, daily; March 23 through end of May - weekends only; June 1 through end of October - week days only.

Cost: One-Way Trip is $2.00 adult, $1.00 ages 3-11 and Seniors; Unlimited Rides are $4.50 adult, $3.50 ages 3-11 and Seniors.

Free for ages 2 and under.

Located on Zoo Lake.

Sea Lion Presentation

Schedule: Wednesday through Sundays only.

Cost: $2 per person; Free for ages 2 and under.

Regular Schedule: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

New! Splash Pass - Enjoy each Sea Lion Presentation and one visit to Stingray Bay for $4 per person on Wednesdays through Sunday. Tickets sold at the Global Plaza ticket booths, Stroller window or ZooFriend's office. Splash Passes are available mid-March through Labor Day.

Located in the Aquaticus building. Note: Strollers are not allowed in the Aquaticus arena area.

Stingray Bay!

Operations hours for Stingray Bay are subject to change without notice due to weather conditions and temperatures below 55 degrees.

Cost: $3 per person. Children two and under are free. ZooFriends' memberships do not apply.

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.

Located just beyond the Canopy Food Court on the way to the Aquaticus building.

New! Splash Pass - Enjoy each Sea Lion Presentation and one visit to Stingray Bay for $4 per person on Wednesdays through Sunday. Tickets sold at the Global Plaza ticket booths, Stroller window or ZooFriend's office. Splash Passes are available mid-March through Labor Day.

Zoo Walking Trails

Free.

Nine walking trails, ranging in distance from .32 miles to 2.87 miles, are located and marked throughout the Zoo.

Open during regular and extended Zoo hours.

Walking Trail maps are available in Guest Relations or on our full Web site at okczoo.com.

ZooZeum

Free with Zoo admission.

Visit the only museum of its kind in the country, the new Patricia and Byron J. Gambulos ZooZeum, and experience the zoological and botanical memories that guests and staff have encountered at the Zoo for more than 100 years. 

Mid March through October hours are daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

November through mid-March hours are daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Located next to the Elephant Pavilion in the Elephant Habitat.

Weekend Keeper Connections

Free with paid Zoo admission

Keeper Connections are short presentations by Zoo keepers about Zoo animals and stationed throughout Zoo grounds on Saturdays and Sundays only beginning in mid-March and running through the end of October each year. Weekend Keeper Connections occur weather permitting.

Saturdays

  • 10:30 a.m.           Cheetah lure
  • 11 a.m.                 Children’s Zoo (various animals)
  • 11 a.m.                 Birds/Parrots: Great EscApe’s observation tower
  • 11:30 a.m.           Elephant enrichment: Elephant Habitat (March-June)
  • 11:30 a.m.           Rhinos (July-October) – Rotates between Indian and Black rhinos
  • 1:30 p.m.             Andean Condor: across from the picnic pavilions
  • 1:30 p.m.             Great EscApe – Rotates between gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans
  • 2 p.m.                   Elephant presentation: Elephant Pavilion
  • 2 p.m.                   Lower aquarium gallery: Noble Aquatic Center
  • 2:30 p.m.             Alligators:  Oklahoma Trails boardwalk
  • 3 p.m.                   Lions or Cat Forest (various animals)

Sundays

  • 10:30 a.m.           Galapagos Tortoise: Island Life
  • 10:30 a.m.           Hyena
  • 11 a.m.                 Zoo Lake habitats Meets at the Red Panda habitat
  • 11 a.m.                 Turkey Vultures:  Oklahoma Trails aviary
  • 11:30 a.m.           Elephant enrichment: Elephant Habitat (March-June)
  • 11:30 a.m.           Rhinos (July-October) – Rotates between Indian and Black rhinos
  • 1:30 p.m.             Andean Condor (across from the picnic pavilions)
  • 1:30 p.m.             Great EscApe – Rotates between gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans
  • 2 p.m.                   Elephant presentation: Elephant Pavilion
  • 2 p.m.                   Upper aquarium gallery: Noble Aquatic Center
  • 2:30 p.m.             Small primates (Pachyderm building hallway)
  • 2:30 p.m.             Grizzly or Black bears (Big Rivers building, Oklahoma Trails)
  • 3 p.m.                   River otter (Big Rivers building, Oklahoma Trails)