The Oklahoma City Zoo - Experience the Wild Side of OKC

Visit the Oklahoma City Zoo and experience the wild side of the city. Come and party with the animals and hang out with real swingers!

The zoo is situated in scenic North-East Oklahoma City right next to the Oklahoma Science Museum (formerly known as the Omniplex). The OKC Zoo is one of the most popular Oklahoma attractions and is often considered one of the top ten zoos in the country.

Oklahoma City Zoo entrance

The following are some of the exhibits at the Oklahoma City Zoo:

Oklahoma Trails Exhibit
My favorite exhibit is the new 8-acre Oklahoma Trails exhibit. It features over 800 animals native to Oklahoma and 11 ecological zones unique to the state.

Oklahoma City Zoo Oklahoma Trails Exhibit

Two of my kids (Alyx and Ethan) at the Oklahoma Trails Exhibit

Oklahoma City Zoo Oklahoma Trails Exhibit

You can see animals ranging from black bears to alligators, and diamondback rattlesnakes to Mexican grey wolves.

Oklahoma City Zoo alligator

You can also see the grizzly bears enjoying a swim in their new home.

Oklahoma City Zoo grizzly bears

Oklahoma City Zoo grizzly bear

Cat Forest / Lion Overlook Exhibit
My kids' favorite exhibit is the Cat Forest / Lion Overlook exhibit. This 4-acre habitat features 9 species of cats including lions, tigers and snow leopards along with 1000's of plants to help them feel at home.

Oklahoma City Zoo cat forest

Oklahoma City Zoo lions

This is one of the few places on earth that you can safely look eye-to-eye or nose-to-nose with a lion or lioness.

Oklahoma City Zoo lion

Great EscApe
Another fine exhibit is the Great EscApe exhibit. It is a 6-acre habitat with waterfalls, pools, rocks, and trees that features gorillas, orangutans, and chimpanzees.

The orangutans are always fun to watch as they swing and play, while the male gorilla impresses me with his strength.

Oklahoma City Zoo gorilla

Oklahoma City Zoo gorilla closeup

The Herpetarium is an amazing collection of frogs, turtles, lizards, and snakes. They have snakes ranging from small, but deadly, vipers up to giant boa constrictors and pythons.

My favorite is the large King Cobra. My youngest daughter's favorite part of the Herpetarium is the exit. She's not a big fan of snakes and other creepy crawlies.

Oklahoma City Zoo golden frog

The Aquaticus is a popular exhibit where you can see marine life from around he world. The sea lions are always a crowd favorite. You can also see sharks, lion fish, piranha, clown fish and many other exotic sea creatures.

Oklahoma City Zoo sea lion

Other Favorites
Some of my other favorite animals to see at the OKC zoo are the elephants, rhinos, giraffes, ostriches, and zebras. All of these animals have nice, large exhibits with plenty of room for them to move around and enjoy themselves.

Oklahoma City Zoo giraffe and  ostrich

Oklahoma City Zoo rhino

Oklahoma City Zoo zebra

Zoo Rides
The zoo also has several rides for the young and young-at-heart. There is a Safari Tram that offers narrated tours through parts of the zoo. There is also the Centennial Choo Choo, which is an 1863 replica train that takes guests through the hoofed animals in the southwest part of the zoo.

There are Swan paddle boats on the zoo lake and overlooking the lake is the endangered species carousel. There is also a nice playground where I like to let my own animals (my three kids) run around and wear themselves out.

If you are trying to plan an Oklahoma vacation and want to see the best family attractions, then come and see the Oklahoma City Zoo. Just make sure and bring your walking shoes, because you won't want to miss any of the amazing animals.

Oklahoma City Zoo exit

2101 NE 50th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
(405) 424-3344

Zoo Hours:
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday - Sunday
The zoo is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day

Adults (ages 12 - 64) $7
Kids (ages 3 - 11) $4
Seniors (65+) $4
Children (2 and under) Free
Parking is free

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