Oklahoma Aquarium
Oklahoma Aquarium
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Oklahoma Aquarium is the state's must-see attraction featuring amazing aquatic life in immersive exhibits. Experience the world's largest exhibit of bull sharks swimming around as you walk through our shark tunnel. Meet Seamore the loggerhead sea turtle, feed different animals, participate in our animal encounters and behind-the-scene tours, and join in more interactive opportunities throughout the aquarium! Thousands of fish, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals introduce guests to life in our oceans, rivers, lakes, and streams. Come visit the ocean in Oklahoma today, where our mission is "to educate and inspire conservation of our aquatic world through interactive discovery."
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Ariana B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great aquarium for a landlocked state.
    We love the aquarium, as someone who grew up close to the ocean I love that I can see some animals that are familiar to me. We have always had a great experience at the aquarium from field trips, and personal visits, my son (7) did a “Seafari” day camp and had so much fun. He still talks about Seymour and Grandpa the turtles like they are old friends. The staff is always very friendly, it is clean (bathrooms are always clean as well), lots of options for kids (including a playground outside), and a great variety of fish from around the US.
    Wow! Thank you, Arianab771, for such a stellar review. We are so proud to be home to 10,000 amazing animals & our team has done a fantastic job creating a unique experience in Oklahoma. We love that your son is besties with Grandpa & Seamore now. Our mission is to inspire conservation through education & we want to have fun while doing it. We are constantly growing and adding new hands-on experiences for our guests to enjoy, as well as additional attractions & offerings like STEM Night & monthly events. We appreciate your kind words & look forward to seeing you again!
    Written August 31, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 3, 2023
  • dinerdon
    Bayville, New Jersey966 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderfully designed and fun
    Grandkids loved this aquarium. Nice layout and lots of interesting exhibits. A jewel in the middle of the country. Must see with kids while visiting the Tulsa area. Shark tunnel cool and lots of hands on touch tanks and feeding stations. Not the largest aquarium I have been too but one of the better ones. Only drawback was the understaffing at the entry and long lines. It got very crowded on a hot summer Saturday so I would recommend a weekday if possible or go early. After noon it became too crowded to fully enjoy so we left.
    Wow! Thank you, Dinerdon, for such a stellar review. We are so proud to be home to 10,000 amazing animals & our team has done a fantastic job creating a unique experience in Oklahoma. We're sorry you had a wait on your visit, summer Saturdays are so busy! Our mission is to inspire conservation through education & we want to have fun while doing it. We are constantly growing and adding new hands-on experiences for our guests to enjoy, as well as additional attractions & offerings like STEM Night & monthly events. We appreciate your kind words & look forward to seeing you again!
    Written August 31, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Eric W
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Came for the "Jaws", stayed for the many great displays.
    I don't know why it took so long for my wife and I to visit the excellent Oklahoma Aquarium. But, we are glad we did. The occasion was the opportunity to see the movie "Jaws" as the last event in Sharklahoma. That was so fun. But, also, walking around the Aquarium and seeing the many first-rate displays was great, also. However, there is nothing like walking through the Bull Shark tunnel. I actually got a bit scared when I realized a deadly (but not likely to harm humans) Bull Shark was actually "flying" over my head. Loved it!
    Wow! Thank you, G6609QPericw, for such a stellar review. We are so proud to be home to 10,000 amazing animals & our team has done a fantastic job creating a unique experience in Oklahoma. We're sorry it took you so long to visit but we are so glad you did! Our mission is to inspire conservation through education & we want to have fun while doing it. We are constantly growing and adding new hands-on experiences for our guests to enjoy, as well as additional attractions & offerings like STEM Night & monthly events. We appreciate your kind words & look forward to seeing you again!
    Written August 31, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 8, 2023
  • kates5283
    Cincinnati, Ohio173 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasantly surprised!
    What a fantastic place! We had heard that it wasn't as nice as our aquarium back in the Cincinnati area, but I disagree. The layout was wonderful and it was spaced out well so that you weren't all shoved together in a tunnel. We absolutely loved the turtle!!! He was quite happy to swim over and take a picture with us. We had planned to only stay for an hour or so, based on our friend's review, but stayed for about 2.5 hours. There is a lot to look at and it is a great place to take a few minutes to just sit on one of the bench and enjoy watching the fish swim around. Our kids counted it as one of the highlights on the trip. They are 16 and 9 so all ages would like this. We really enjoyed the aquarium and hope to be able to stop in again when we are back in Oklahoma.
    Wow! Thank you, Kates5283, for such a stellar review. If we're a highlight for a 9 & 16 year old, we must be really knocking it out of the park! 😎 We are so proud to be home to 10,000 amazing animals & our team has done a fantastic job creating a unique experience in Oklahoma. We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience! Our mission is to inspire conservation through education & we want to have fun while doing it. We are constantly growing and adding new hands-on experiences for our guests to enjoy, as well as additional attractions & offerings like STEM Night & monthly events. We appreciate your kind words & look forward to seeing you again!
    Written August 31, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2022
    Written August 13, 2023
  • sstrum
    Broken Arrow, Oklahoma2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do the Behind the Scenes Tour!
    We did a behind one of the behind the scenes tours and were able to go through their buildings that contain all the tanks with the animals not on display. It was a great experience and our tour guide was wonderful. I highly recommend doing those tours as you get a chance to see some of the work they are doing, see how the aquarium works, and check out dozens of large tanks and enclosures without any crowds. My family members were the only ones on the tour even though we did a group tour and didn’t book a private tour.
    Wow! Thank you, SSTrum, for such a stellar review. We are so proud to be home to 10,000 amazing animals & our team has done a fantastic job creating a unique experience in Oklahoma. We're so happy to hear you took a tour! What a cool way to see OKAQ! Our mission is to inspire conservation through education & we want to have fun while doing it. We are constantly growing and adding new hands-on experiences for our guests to enjoy, as well as additional attractions & offerings like STEM Night & monthly events. We appreciate your kind words & look forward to seeing you again!
    Written August 31, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 29, 2023
  • DChelle312
    Iowa144 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful aquarium worth seeing
    We loved this aquarium! It’s laid out nicely with lots to see! The shark encounter was the largest we have seen. So many sharks! The salt water fish aquariums are beautiful with so many varieties of fish! There’s a cafe for snacks and a gift shop. However, the prices at the gift shop are ridiculous. If you have 2-3 hours, stop by and enjoy. We stopped by on a weekday and it wasn’t overly crowded. My favorite was the large, friendly sea turtle and feeding stingrays.
    Wow! What a great review, DChelle312! We are always excited to share that our collection of bull sharks is the largest in the world! Weekdays can be crazy during field trip season so we're glad you caught a quiet day & were able to explore at your own pace! The stingray feed tanks is always a favorite & Seamore, our loggerhead sea turtle at Sea Turtle Island is the unofficial OKAQ ambassador! He's so friendly! We appreciate your comment about gift shop prices, this is a 3rd party company that we partner with but we will pass along your feedback. Thank you so much for the stellar review & we hope to SEA you again soon!
    Written May 20, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 20, 2023
  • Davigeta
    Saint Louis, Missouri1,087 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice aquarium, fabulous for kids.
    While not a "mega-aquarium" like in Baltimore or Monterrey, CA, this is a very good, informative aquarium. Not only does it have a variety of exhibits, but the displays have a great deal of information. This is also exceptionally good for kids. They offer a carousel, outside playground area, and lots of places for touching and interacting with the sea life. The shark area is very well-done. There is an ok restaurant. Worth a visit.
    Thanks so much for your 5-star review! We're proud to be home to the world's largest collection of bull sharks & 10,000 amazing animals! While we aren't as mega as some, we are proud to be Oklahoma's only ocean & we're so happy you loved it here, too! 🦈 Don't forget about SHARKLAHOMA coming up the whole month of JULY!
    Written May 20, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 4, 2023
  • Angela Romano
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had a fantastic time!
    As soon as I walked in, the massive shark tank stole the show, making me feel like I was in my own underwater spectacle. The variety of marine life on display, from vibrant coral reefs to playful sea otters, kept every exhibit fresh and fascinating. The interactive touch tanks were a hit, allowing me to get up close and personal with stingrays and small sharks. The staff's enthusiasm and knowledge added an extra layer to the experience, making me appreciate the ocean's wonders even more. It's not just an aquarium; it's a deep dive into the beauty and diversity of marine ecosystems. If you're in Jenks and looking for a fin-tastic time, the Oklahoma Aquarium is a must-visit.
    Thanks so much for your 5-star review! We're proud to be home to the world's largest collection of bull sharks & 10,000 amazing animals! Thanks for visiting. We hope to SEA you again 🦈 Don't forget about SHARKLAHOMA coming up the whole month of JULY! PS: if you haven't already grabbed a membership, it's a great way to save money & enjoy a year of adventures for you & a guest--or the whole fam! We have events each month that are free for members! Details at https://www.okaquarium.org/196/Membership
    Written
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 4, 2024
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carolyn g
93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Went with low expectations because someone from this area told us it wasn’t worth it. We’re from the St Louis area and really wanted to go. We read about it before we went so knew it wasn’t a whole day activity. We were very impressed with this and pace!! There were many interactive areas as well as very nice displays. Despite construction it was clean and well laid out. There were ample seating areas to just enjoy watching the aquatic life around us. The shark tunnel was really fun. I could have stayed in there longer!! Very tranquil. The gift shop offered a nice variety and of items and they weren’t significantly overpriced. It was a very nice way to spend a few hours just leisurely walking through.
Written September 22, 2022
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Thanks so much for your wonderful review! We're happy to hear you didn't listen & decided to visit after all! We love sharing Oklahoma's only ocean with friends & families from all over. With 10,000 amazing animals, there are lots of personalities & plenty of places to chill & watch the aquatic life as well. Thanks so much for visiting & we hope to see you again!
Written September 28, 2022
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Carolyn M
Oklahoma City, OK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
The Oklahoma Aquarium is a great place to spend time with family and especially grand children. Especially during this time because of the cold weather and safety concerns. We always have a great time and the events are well planned. The HallowMarine is a very special way to let the kids enjoy Halloween! The sponsors gave away good candy and there was an unlimited supply for ALL the children. No matter when or how often you visit, there is something new to see and the staff is so great to answer questions. I was surprised to see how our grandkids actually took time to read the info about each display and they talked about them non-stop! The candy and costumes were just an extra bonus to the action! My favorite was the new gigantic octopus! Really fascinating! The event was planned very well too!
Written October 26, 2020
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Thank you for joining us for HallowMarine 2020! We appreciate your feedback and we're thrilled that your grandkids enjoyed their experience learning about our marine life. Our giant Pacific octopus exhibit was built by our exhibits team so we're thrilled that it's your favorite!
Written November 20, 2020
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sstrum
Broken Arrow, OK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We did a behind one of the behind the scenes tours and were able to go through their buildings that contain all the tanks with the animals not on display. It was a great experience and our tour guide was wonderful. I highly recommend doing those tours as you get a chance to see some of the work they are doing, see how the aquarium works, and check out dozens of large tanks and enclosures without any crowds. My family members were the only ones on the tour even though we did a group tour and didn’t book a private tour.
Written August 29, 2023
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Wow! Thank you, SSTrum, for such a stellar review. We are so proud to be home to 10,000 amazing animals & our team has done a fantastic job creating a unique experience in Oklahoma. We're so happy to hear you took a tour! What a cool way to see OKAQ! Our mission is to inspire conservation through education & we want to have fun while doing it. We are constantly growing and adding new hands-on experiences for our guests to enjoy, as well as additional attractions & offerings like STEM Night & monthly events. We appreciate your kind words & look forward to seeing you again!
Written August 31, 2023
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Eryn M
Arkansas167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
Whether you go solo, with your spouse/partner or with your family, all ages will enjoy this aquarium. Children can feed turtles (for a $5 fee) and touch shrimp, starfish and even a shark. Be sure to walk through the tunnel and experience the sharks swimming around you. A few highlights for my husband and I during our visit were the otters, beavers and a racoon, each in their own habitat for all to watch.
Written June 29, 2020
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Thanks for visiting! We're pleased that you enjoyed your interactive experiences, and we hope to see you again soon!
Written July 8, 2020
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ABelanger10
Poteau, OK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
We held our son's second birthday party in the sea turtle room and had SUCH a wonderful experience. The room is decorated amazingly and all the kids loved watching the snake in the terrarium while celebrating. The aquarium itself is absolutely stunning-you could spend hours examining all the exhibits. Would absolutely recommend.
Written February 13, 2021
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Thank you for celebrating your son's birthday with us! We're happy you enjoyed the party and Ajo, our snake! We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Written February 15, 2021
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cianaoh
Broken Arrow, OK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
The Oklahoma Aquarium is an awesome place for my grand-daughters!! They love everything about it!! We’ve been members of the aquarium for the last couple of years & it pays for itself in no time. The girls are always asking if we can go see the fishies…& we go at least a couple of times a month. They are learning a lot about fish & sea life. The staff is amazing as well. They staff that scuba dive in the tank to clean also turn around & mess with the visitors…especially the kids. Just an overall great experience!!
Written August 3, 2022
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Thank you so much for the wonderful review! We love having families visit us & seeing the kids grow. We're always adding new events & experiences to share our love of the ocean. Knowing that our fishies are their favorite, makes us happy! Thanks again for sharing.
Written August 8, 2022
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Lorna B.
Bechtelsville, PA875 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
We enjoyed our recent visit here and consider this a very nice aquarium, especially for one not having a coastal setting. The exhibits and tanks were full of interesting creatures, and the layout offered a nice variety. The shark tunnel here was different from others we have seen, being darker and less packed with aquatic animals. I loved the jellies! We spent a leisurely 75 minutes here; afterwards, we grabbed a quick bite to eat in the café (and had some of the best French fries I’ve ever eaten!).
Written January 18, 2022
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Hello ellenbee56, thank you for visiting us & for your great review. We love hearing from our guests! Not to toot our own horn but yeah, the cafe does have amazing french fries! We hope to SEA you here again soon!
Written January 27, 2022
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Christy R
Newton, KS23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
Great place to learn and explore. Take extra cash to ride a bucking shark and feed the turtles. Enjoyed the otters and shark tank.
The sea turtle was fun to take a picture with near the tank. Saw many people with very young children, morning was extremely busy so we waited until noon but still had to wait in line for entrance.

Written March 18, 2021
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Lissa Chidester
Thank you for your feedback, Christy! Spring Break is one of our busiest times, so we appreciate your patience. We're glad you enjoyed your visit!
Written March 26, 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
What a great interactive virtual tour! Thank you so much Oklahoma Aquarium for your insightful information about the octopus, sharks and many other wonderful creatures. Our students loved the tour. I appreciate you listening to what we were researching in class and extending the learning experience. Verdigris Public Schools, 2nd grade.
Written March 9, 2021
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Lissa Chidester
We are so happy to hear you liked your virtual tour! Thank you for sharing your experience with us.
Written March 9, 2021
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Michelle L
Lincoln, NE79 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
My family and I spent a couple of hours here and it was really fun! We definitely could have spent more time, but we had someplace else to be. I really liked all of the interactive exhibits, there were so many things my kids could tangibly interact with. And those tangible exhibits don't cost extra (as I'm used to other zoos/aquariums charging extra to pet the sting rays, for example.) There is a charge to buy food if you want to feed some of the animals. There was a lot to look at and my kids had a good time.
Written July 14, 2021
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Thank you so much for your comments! We love to hear that our guests have had a wonderful experience. Come back and see us soon; we have a new exhibit opening in just a couple of weeks!
Written October 11, 2021
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