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 crowd 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.
Centennial ChooChoo - closed for the season
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 adults, $1 ages 3-11, Free ages 2 and under (Prices are per person, per ride)
Children's Zoo Water Stream
Splish, splash! Our Children’s Zoo stream is open during the warmer months.
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.
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.
Oct. 28 – Mid-March: Saturdays and Sundays only, at 1:15 p.m.
Endangered 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
NEW Explore A Seashore Touch Pool
Discover sea life first hand at the Zoo’s new Explore A Seashore Touch Pool. Located in the upper aquarium area of the Noble Aquatic Center, this hands-on touch pool connects guests of all ages to a variety of seashore dwellers, including horseshoe crabs, Bahama sea stars and a variety of snails.
Schedule: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily
Cost: Free with Zoo admission
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 Platform
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.
Winter Schedule: 11 a.m. - 12 noon and 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only, weather permitting
Cost: $3 per person
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.
Leapin' Lizard - closed for the season
The newest ride at the Zoo allows guests the chance to leap into the sky in a bouncy harness!
**Please note that this ride has weight restrictions for safety purposes. The minimum weight to ride is 45 lbs. The maximum weight to ride is 250 lbs.
Cost: $4 per person
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: $3.50 adults, $2.50 ages 3-11
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 for winter season.)
Cost: $4.50 adult, $3.50 ages 3-11 and Seniors; Free for Ages 2 and under.
Sea Lion Presentation
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.
A special Sea Lion presentation will be held on Free Day, Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at 1 p.m.
Cost: $2 adult; $1 kids; Free for ages 2 and under
Stingray Bay - Closed until spring.
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.
Regular hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $3/person. Free for ages 2 and under. Zoo memberships do not apply.
Swan Paddleboats - closed for the season
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 Trails
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.
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.
Winter hours (November 1 through mid-March) are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Summer hours (Mid-March through October 31) are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Weekend Keeper Connections
(Closed for the winter season)
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.