Animal Encounters and Tours

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Now at the Oklahoma Aquarium, experience a behind-the-scenes adventure like never before! Guests can have up-close encounters with their favorite aquatic animals. Watch our biology team feed our bull sharks from above the exhibit or join our team as they feed our famous loggerhead sea turtle, Seamore! In addition to these experiences, our education staff will teach participants about these animals and their ecological importance.

for all tours and encounters, we recommend that our younger guests be at least seven years of age.

NEW! stingray and shark feed tour 

*Currently unavailable, if you have any questions please email education@okaquarium.org 

Overview: Join us for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of our Stingray and juvenile Bull Shark morning feed time. Participants will receive a 15-minute lesson about shark biology and a tour of our large animal holding facility prior to watching out biology staff feed our animals. This animal encounter lasts about 30 minutes. Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours before the scheduled encounter in order to receive a refund. Cancellations within 24 hours, no-shows, and late arrivals are non-refundable. This tour requires guests to climb one small set of stairs. 

When: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11:45 a.m.
Cost: $20 per person (members) or $25 per person plus general admission (non-members)
Capacity: 6 people or fewer

*Must be reserved at least 24 hours in advance 

Sea Turtle Encounter

Overview: Get a behind-the-scenes look at our loggerhead sea turtle during our Sea Turtle Encounter! Participants will receive a 15-minute lesson about sea turtles and how we can help conserve them in the wild, followed by the opportunity to watch our staff feed. This animal encounter lasts 30 minutes. Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled encounter in order to receive a refund. Cancellations within 24 hours, no-shows, and late arrivals are non-refundable. This encounter is NOT wheelchair accessible.

When: Monday-Friday at 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $20 per person (members) or $25 per person plus general admission (non-members)
Capacity: 6 people or fewer

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* Must be reserved at least 24 hours in advance.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOUR

*Currently unavailable, if you have any questions please email education@okaquarium.org 

Overview: Guests will visit our small and large animal holding facilities where we care for animals prior to placing them on exhibit. Visitors will see our juvenile bull sharks, sea turtle, and many other fish while learning about what it takes to run an aquarium. This tour lasts 30 minutes. This tour requires guests to climb one small set of stairs. 

When: Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 per person (members) or $25 per person plus general admission (non-members)
Capacity: 25 people (private tours see bottom of page)

* Must be reserved at least 24 hours in advance.
 

Shark Feed Tour

Overview: Enjoy an exclusive view from the top of our world-famous bull shark exhibit during feeding time! Guests will receive a 15-minute lesson about shark biology, shark myths, and our shark species at the Oklahoma Aquarium. Guests will then visit the food prep kitchen before going above our Shark Adventure tank to watch the famous ocean predators chow down. This tour lasts about 45 minutes. This tour is NOT wheelchair accessible.

When: Mondays and Thursdays at 1:45 PM 
Cost: $20 per person (members) or $25 per person plus general admission (non-members)
Capacity: 15 people or fewer

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*Must be reserved at least 24 hours in advance.  


Private Encounters

Private encounters are available for groups who want to ensure that the encounter only consists of members of their party. Private encounters cannot be booked outside of the listed days and times for that encounter, and group size maximums still apply (6 people for shark and sea turtle, 25 for behind-the-scenes). Private sea turtle and shark encounters cost $150 and the behind-the-scenes tour will cost $300. Private encounters can be booked, online or by phone. To book yours, call (918) 528-1514.