Oklahoma City Zoo

#8 in Best Things To Do in Oklahoma City
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2000 Remington Place


Zoos and Aquariums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 3.0Atmosphere

Part zoo, part botanical gardens, the Oklahoma City Zoo is a hit with recent travelers for its large size, manageable layout and variety of exhibits. You'll find the usual suspects here, including bears, lions and giraffes, but the Oklahoma City Zoo also boasts an exhibit unique to the area – Oklahoma Trails. This naturalistic habitat features more than 100 different animal species native to Oklahoma (around 800 individual animals) and 11 unique life zones special to Oklahoma, including the grassy Black Mesa and the rolling Ozark Highlands. You'll also find a 25-foot replica of Turner Falls, found at Big Rivers. In summer 2018, the zoo is expected to open a nearly 7-acre sanctuary for endangered animals from Asia, including elephants, red pandas and Komodo dragons, among other animals. You can also fork over a bit more cash for the zoo's many rides and animal encounters, including giraffe feedings and stingray touching experiences.

Recent visitors were impressed with the size and scope of the zoo and recommended adding this to your OKC itinerary if you've got young kids in tow. Several reviewers suggested allotting several hours to seeing all of the zoo's exhibits. The only gripe among travelers? The high cost of food at the on-site cafes.

You'll find the Oklahoma City Zoo northeast of downtown, nearby Lincoln Park. Along with the zoo's attractions, it also houses several gift shops and cafes. The zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission costs $11 for adults (ages 12 to 64) and $8 for seniors (65 and older) and kids between the ages of 3 and 11. Fees for select zoo activities and rides, such as the carousel and the daily giraffe feeding demonstration, cost extra. Parking is free. For more information, visit the website.

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