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…
300 Aquarium Drive
Jenks, OK 74037
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.
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.
The next area featured a really cool crawl-through tank for the kids (and possibly short adults) along with lots of Amazonian fish!
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.
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!
Sharks, Rays and More
In case you need a pit stop, drink and a picture, there’s this…
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.
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!
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!
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.
Have you been to the Oklahoma Aquarium? What was your favorite exhibit? If not, what did you like best from our photo tour?