Plan Your Visit

Discover the Zoo's Rides and Attractions!

Adventurers of all ages can discover a variety of exciting activities throughout the Zoo's grounds. Additional fees for rides and attractions may apply.

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

Attractions are open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during regular season hours, unless posted otherwise. For a complete schedule of animal presentations and rides, please see below.

 

Enjoy Package Pricing

New! Splash Pass - Enjoy both daily Sea Lion Presentations and one visit to Stingray Bay for $4 per person. Tickets sold at the Global Plaza ticket booths, Stroller window or ZooFriend's office.

 

 

Centennial Choo-Choo Train

Centennial ChooChoo

This 1863 replica locomotive driven train tours guests though the hoofed stock in the southwest portion of the Zoo. A matching grant from the Oklahoma Centennial Commission put this exciting attraction in motion! 

Cost: $2 per person per ride; free for ages 2 and under

Children's Zoo Water Stream Children's Zoo Water Stream

Splish, splash! Our Children’s Zoo stream is place where children of all ages can connect with nature and enliven all their senses. The Stream is open during the warmer months of spring and summer, weather permitting of 55 degrees and above.

When planning your Zoo visit, keep in mind that little ones may get very wet so a change of clothes may be a good idea.

 

Cost: Free

Elephant PresentationsElephant Presentations

Come meet our Asian elephants: Asha, Chandra and Asha’s calf, Malee at the Elephant Pavilion Amphitheater located in the southeast area of the Zoo, south of Great EscApe. Our elephant caregivers will share their passion and knowledge of elephants while showing how they care for our girls on a daily basis. All presentations are weather permitting with a temperature above 55 degrees.

March 1 - October 31: Daily presentations at 2 p.m. in the Pavilion.

May 31 - June 30: Special Monday and Wednesday enrichment presentations are held on the Boardwalk at 11:30 a.m.  Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday enrichment presentations are held in the Pavilion at 11:30 a.m.

Cost: Free

 

Endangered Species CarouselEndangered Species Carousel

Kids and adults alike will enjoy taking a spin on this handcrafted, one-of-a-kind carousel. Made from basswood, the Endangered Species Carousel displays 42 exotic animals. Overlooking Zoo Lake, the Carousel is in the Adventure Zone on the east side of the Zoo. Guests must be 42 inches in height to ride alone.

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

Cost: $2 per person, per ride

 

Explorikeet AdventureBird Feeding


Get up close and feed our brightly-colored lorikeets inside the Children's Zoo. Open weather permitting. (Photo by Randy Alvarado.)

Schedule: Daily, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weather permitting

Cost: Free to enter; $3 for nectar

 

Giraffe Feeding PlatformGiraffe Feeding


Come face to face with the tallest animals on earth. During your next visit to the OKC Zoo, make plans to meet and feed our majestic giraffes.

Regular Schedule: 11 a.m. - 12 noon and 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., daily, weather permitting

Cost: $3 per person

Horticulture HappeningsMonarch Butterfly

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 TramSafari Train

Enjoy a narrated ride through the Zoo for all ages. The main tram station is located just past the ticket turnstiles where guests may embark and disembark. Total ride time of approximately 25 minutes. The Safari Tram operates weather permitting and in favorable crowd conditions. The regular schedule is subject to change without notice.

Regular Schedule: Daily, 9 a.m. to 4:30  p.m., weather permitting

Cost: $4.00 per person (all-day access); Children 2 and under are free with paying adult

 

Safari VoyageSafari Voyage Boat

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: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., weather permitting. (Weekends only in winter season.)

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.

 

Sea Lion PresentationsSea lion

The Sea Lion presentation features California sea lions in an exciting and educational program at the Noble Aquatic Center Performance Arena. These high-energy presentations demonstrate the natural strength and intelligence of these amazing animals. (Please note: Strollers are not allowed inside Sea Lion presentation.)

April 24 through Labor Day weekend - Two presentations daily, Wednesday through Sunday only, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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

New! Splash Pass - Enjoy both daily Sea Lion Presentations and one visit to Stingray Bay for $4 per person. Tickets are sold at the Global Plaza ticket booth and stroller window (and ZooFriend's office for members).

 

Stingray Bay Stingray

Stingray Bay

Experience and touch these majestic stingrays as they fly through a 16,000 gallon saltwater pool. The exhibit includes cownose stingrays, southern stingrays, bonnethead sharks and white-spotted bamboo sharks. Stingray Bay is located east of the Canopy Food Court on your way to the upper level of Aquaticus. Stingray Bay is open weather permitting of 55 degrees and above.

Regular hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., March through October

Late Saturdays: From May 3 - August 30, Stingray Bay will be open until 7 p.m.)

Cost: $3 per person. Free for children ages 2 and under. Zoo memberships do not apply.

New! Splash Pass - Enjoy both daily Sea Lion Presentations and one visit to Stingray Bay for $4 per person. Tickets sold at the Global Plaza ticket booths and stroller window (and ZooFriend's office for members).

 

Swan PaddleboatsSwan Paddleboats

Guests can paddle their way along Zoo Lake in these two person Swan Paddleboats. Guests under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The Paddleboats will operate weather permitting when wind speed is under 15 MPH.

Cost: $5 per boat for 30-minute ride

Zoo Walking TrailsZoo Walking Trails Sign

The nine walking trails have been developed to showcase the healthy benefit of visiting the Oklahoma City Zoo. You can choose from nine trails that range in distance from .32 miles to 2.87 miles. The varying distances allow even the most novice walker an opportunity to benefit from the trails.

For more details, click here.

ZooZeumZooZeum Poster

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. 

Designed into the framework of an historic 1935 Works Projects Administration building, the ZooZeum is located next to the Elephant Pavilion in the new Elephant Habitat.

Summer hours (Mid-March through October 31) are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Winter hours (November 1 through mid-March) are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: Free

Weekend Keeper Connections

Talk to the rock stars of the Zoo world...the Zoo keepers! Keeper Connections are a great way to learn about your favorite animals from the people who care for them. Connect with wildlife while hearing and seeing how the Zoo strives to conserve and preserve our natural resources, and what you can do to help!  All weekend Keeper Connections occur weather permitting.

2014 Weekend Keeper Connections begin Saturday, March 15 and run through Sunday, October 26.  The 2014 schedule follows:

Saturdays

  • 11 a.m.          Flamingos: Children’s Zoo
  • 11 a.m.          Red River Hogs
  • 11 a.m.          Birds/Parrots: Great EscApe’s observation tower
  • 11:30 a.m.     Elephant presentation: Elephant Habitat (March-June)
  • 11:30 a.m.     Rhinos (July-October) – Rotates between Indian and Black rhinos.
  • 1:30 p.m.       Birds of prey: 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: Noble Aquatic Center
  • 2:30 p.m.       River otters: Big Rivers building, Oklahoma Trails
  • 3 p.m.            Tigers
  •  4 p.m.           Alligators: Oklahoma Trails

 

Sundays

  • 10:30 a.m.     Cheetah
  • 10:30 a.m.     Galapagos Tortoise: Island Life
  • 11 a.m.          Zoo Lake habitats – Meets at the Red Panda habitat
  • 11:30 a.m.     Elephant presentation: Elephant Habitat (March-June)
  • 11:30 a.m.     Rhinos (July-October) – Rotates between Indian and Black rhinos.
  • 1:30 p.m.       Birds of prey: 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: Noble Aquatic Center
  • 2:30 p.m.       River otters: Big Rivers building, Oklahoma Trails
  • 3 p.m.            Tigers
  • 3:30 p.m.       Turkey Vulture: Oklahoma Trails aviary

 



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