Rides and Attractions

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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 rides and attractions operate weather permitting

Centennial Choo Choo

All aboard! 1863 replica.
Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weather permitting (above 50 degrees). 
Cost: $3 per person per ride; free for ages 2 and under
NOTE: Please note that the Choo Choo train does not operate on wet or icy tracks.


Children's Zoo Barnyard

Children and families will enjoy this outdoor, tactile experience and each animal is a rare species. The collection includes:

  • Miniature donkeys: Jasmine and Pinkee

  • 7 Nigerian dwarf goats: Duncan, Bixby, Hugo, Oologah, Bowlegs, Chandler, and Dewey

  • Tunis sheep: Tallulah

  • Rare chickens

Open daily weather permitting (above 50 degrees) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: Free


Children's Zoo Water Stream

Open daily weather permitting.
Cost: Free


Elephant Express

Embark and disembark at four different locations in the Zoo.
Daily rides offered starting at 10 a.m. Open weather permitting (above 50 degrees). 
All day bracelets are $6 per person. Children 2 and under are free with paying adult



Elephant Presentations

Come meet our Asian elephants: Bamboo, Asha, Chandra and Asha’s calf, Achara, at the Elephant Pavilion.
Daily at 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Cost: Free


Endangered Species Carousel

A handcrafted, one-of-a-kind carousel made from basswood and displays 42 exotic animals.
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weather permitting (above 50 degrees).
Cost: $3 per person, per ride


Explorikeet Adventure

See flying rainbows (aka lorikeets)!
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Weather Permitting (above 50 degrees).
Cost: Free to enter; $3 for nectar


Giraffe Feeding Platform

Giraffe slobber is the best! Discover for yourself when you feed our gentle giants.
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Weather permitting (above 50 degrees). 
Cost: $5 per person



Horticulture Happenings

The entire Zoo is an accredited living museum and botanical garden with 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.


Keeper Connections

Are you a fan of flamingos? Painted dogs or Red River hogs? Daily Keeper Connections help you connect with your favorite animals and the keepers who care for them. The Zoo’s animal keepers are everyday conservationists, dedicated to protecting and preserving our planet’s wildlife and wild places. They have a wealth of information to share as they show off the Zoo’s amazing animals.

Keeper Connection signs are posted throughout the Zoo. Schedules can be found on our Calendar of Events or in Guest Relations.
All connections are free with Zoo admission.


Sea Lion Presentations

Get ready for a splash of fun. Sea lion presentations return to the Noble Aquatic Center with California sea lions Addie, Pearl and Piper.
Daily at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. (closes November 13 and re-opens January 2).
Cost is $4 per person. Children two and under are free.


Stingray Bay

Catch the wave for a “touching” experience at Stingray Bay. These majestic stingrays fly through a 16,000 gallon saltwater pool. 34 cownose stingrays, 3 southern rays and six white-spotted bamboo sharks.
Cost is $3 per person with paid Zoo admission. Children two and under are free. Open weather permitting (above 50 degrees). 
Stingray feedings are an additional $3 fee at 12 p.m.
ZOOfriends’ memberships do not apply.
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Wallaby Walkabout

Crikey! It’s the Wallabies! Related to kangaroos, these little guys are sure to bring big fun to the Children's Zoo where they reside.
Guests of all ages can explore the wallabies' walk-through habitat Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open weather permitting (above 50 degrees). 
Free with Zoo admission.


Wild Encounters

Wild Encounters are unique, behind-the-scenes experiences that let you see Zoo animals in up-close ways you never have before! Daily interactions are available with grizzly bears, flamingos, sea lions, Galapagos tortoises, Asian elephants and rhinos.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Additional fees apply, ranging from $35 - $45 for members and $40 - $50 for nonmembers.
Contact Guest Services at (405) 425-0262 for reservations.

*Sea lion Wild Encounters will be unavailable from November 13 to January 2. 



The only museum of its kind in the country, the new Patricia and Byron J. Gambulos ZooZeum, a historic 1935 Works Projects Administration building.
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: Free with paid Zoo admission


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