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.
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. Splash Passes are only available April through Labor Day.
Centennial Choo Choo
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 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, weather permitting
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.
Come meet our Asian elephants: Asha, Chandra and Asha’s calves, Malee and Achara, 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.
Schedule: Presentations are daily at 2 p.m. in the Pavilion, weather permitting. A Keeper Chat is also scheduled for Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. on the Elephant Boardwalk.
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.
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
Get up close and feed our brightly-colored lorikeets inside the Children's Zoo. Open weather permitting. (Photo by Randy Alvarado.)
Mid-March - October Schedule: Daily, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., weather permitting. Closed from 1 - 1:30 p.m., daily.
November - Mid-March Schedule: Daily, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., weather permitting. Closed from 1 - 1:30 p.m., daily.
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.
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
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.)
- The 7-person cart will be driven by a Zoo employee.
- The cost is $75.
- Full payment must be given at time of rental.
- Tours are given at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- The Safari Cart is rented on a first-come, first-served basis at the front ticket gate, stroller window or by e-mailing [email protected].
The Elephant Express shuttle services is located just past the ticket turnstiles where guests may embark and disembark, and operates weather permitting and in favorable crowd conditions. The regular schedule is subject to change without notice. The Elephant Express is a service provided by the Zoo to transport guests to and from the Elephant area 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: $4.00 per person (all-day access); Children 2 and under are free with paying adult; $2 per person for each leg of the trip.
Note: Strollers are not permitted on the Tram.
Safari Voyage - (Opening March 7, 2015)
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.
Sea Lion Presentations - (closed for the season)
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.)
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 (Opening March 7, 2015)
Experience and touch these majestic stingrays as they fly through a 16,000 gallon saltwater pool. The exhibit includes 25 cownose stingrays, a bat ray and eight 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 mid-March through October, weather permitting of 55 degrees and above.
Cost: $3 per person. Free for children 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.
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.
Weekend Keeper Connections (closed for the 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.