The Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks, OK is a non-profit research facility that provides a world-class look at aquatic life right in the middle of landlocked Oklahoma.  This was our first trip to the aquarium, and we had a great time!!  It’s definitely something we’d visit again next time we’re in the area.

So, climb aboard, explorers! We’re headed for…

Oklahoma Aquarium

Oklahoma Aquarium
300 Aquarium Drive
Jenks, OK 74037
(918) 296-FISH

Oklahoma Aquarium

Oklahoma Aquarium

Looks a little like the Yacht Club, no?

Amazing Invertebrates | Extreme Amazon | Aquatic Oklahoma | Marvels and Mysteries | Sharks, Rays and More

Admission is $13.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors and military and $9.95 for children 3-12.  Two and under are admitted at no charge.  If you’re planning a visit, be sure to head to the web site prior to your trip because they have a printable certificate for your child’s dentist to sign that can then be exchanged for free child’s admission.

The aquarium is open from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. year round (except Christmas day), with Tuesdays offering a late closing of 9:00 P.M.  We got to the Tulsa area a little late and got to the aquarium around 3:30 P.M.  We stayed until they closed at 6:00 P.M. and had enough time to see everything we wanted.

Amazing Invertebrates

We began our day visiting the Amazing Invertebrates and Extreme Fishes exhibits.  This area offered lots of hands-on experiences and some slightly gross creatures.Oklahoma Aquarium Amazing Invertebrates Oklahoma Aquarium Amazing Invertebrates Oklahoma Aquarium Amazing Invertebrates Oklahoma Aquarium Amazing Invertebrates Oklahoma Aquarium Amazing Invertebrates

Oklahoma Aquarium Amazing Invertebrates

These guys totally grossed me out!

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Oklahoma Aquarium Amazing Invertebrates

Stitchy had lots of fun touching the creatures!

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This thing was awesome!

This thing was awesome!

Extreme Amazon

The next area featured a really cool crawl-through tank for the kids (and possibly short adults) along with lots of Amazonian fish!

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Oklahoma Aquarium Extreme Amazon

And there was also this nightmare-inducing fish with human-like teeth. Eep!

Aquatic Oklahoma

Aquatic Oklahoma showcases the marine life found right here in our very own state!  This was one of the larger exhibits in the aquarium and featured two sections, Aquatic Oklahoma and the Ozark Stream.

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Oklahoma Aquarium Aquatic Oklahoma

This “Oklahoma alligator” was huge! Definitely wider than Stitchy.

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Oklahoma Aquarium Aquatic Oklahoma

If the human-toothed fish didn’t creep you out enough, this thing should leave a lasting impression.

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Oklahoma Aquarium Aquatic Oklahoma

This guy was ADORABLE! Non-stop energy the entire time we were watching.

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Marvels and Mysteries

We had a lot of fun looking at the animals in Marvels and Mysteries.  I think the jellyfish, super bright and vibrant, were my favorite!

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Oklahoma Aquarium Marvels and Mysteries

These guys were totally Nemo-ing it up brushing themselves as they moved in and out.

Oklahoma Aquarium Marvels and Mysteries

Oklahoma Aquarium Marvels and Mysteries

Checking out the electric eel. Shocking!

Sharks, Rays and More

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Oklahoma Aquarium

More interactive exhibits

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Oklahoma Aquarium

These tanks were full of crazy bright fish. They were gorgeous!

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Oklahoma Aquarium

So cute!

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In case you need a pit stop, drink and a picture, there’s this…

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They also offer the ever popular ice cream of the future, Dippin’ Dots and an overpriced snack bar (a 20 oz drink was $3.50).

Ok, back to the fish!  They had a great area to watch rays up close with plenty of windows to see them from a different perspective.

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The Shark Adventure was really cool!!  Not only were there fun places to pose for pictures, there was a shark tunnel to walk through, too!!  I could have spent the afternoon in there watching them swim back and forth over us.  So neat!

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Our last experience for the day was the shark and ray hands-on session.  This happens approximately every hour with a presenter from the aquarium leading the group.  I’ve never touched a ray or shark before, and it was probably the coolest thing we did at the aquarium!

Waiting for the session to start.

Waiting for the session to start.

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We really enjoyed our day at the Oklahoma Aquarium and would go back anytime!  They do offer group rates, as well as field trip packages.  Private events can be held in the aquarium, as well.

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Tired out after our afternoon at the aquarium.

Have you been to the Oklahoma Aquarium?  What was your favorite exhibit?  If not, what did you like best from our photo tour?