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. Help our biology staff train river otters, feed zebra sharks, and even watch us feed our juvenile bull sharks and famous loggerhead sea turtle Seamore! In addition to these experiences, our education staff will teach participants about these animals and their ecological importance.

Otter Encounter and Feed Experience

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. and Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.
Cost: $20 per person (members) or $25 per person plus general admission (non-members)
Group size: 2-4 people
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Come face-to-face with some of the furriest members of the Oklahoma Aquarium family! During the otter encounter and feed experience, participants will receive a 15-minute lesson about river otters and their ecological importance, followed by the opportunity to assist our biology staff in training our river otters to touch a target in order to receive a treat! 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.

Shark Encounter and Feed Experience

When: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $20 per person (members) or $25 per person plus general admission (non-members)
Group Size: 2-6 people
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Meet the apex predators of the ocean during the shark encounter and feed experience! Guests will receive a 15-minute lesson about shark biology and conservation before visiting our large animal quarantine to feed zebra sharks. Finally, guests will watch our biology staff feed the juvenile bull sharks. 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.  

Sea Turtle Encounter

When: Every Day at 3:15 p.m.
Cost: $20 per person (members) or $25 per person plus general admission (non-members)
Group Size: 2-6 people
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For the first time in Oklahoma Aquarium history, guests will be able to get a behind-the-scenes look at Seamore the loggerhead sea turtle! Participants will receive a 15-minute lesson about sea turtles and how we can aid their conservation, followed by the opportunity to watch our educator feed Oklahoma’s most beloved sea turtle. 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. 

Shark Feed Tour 

When: Monday and Thursday at 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $15 per person + General Admission
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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 30 minutes.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour

When: Mondays and Thursdays at 11 a.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 11:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 per person + General Admission
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With our behind-the-scenes tour, guests will visit our small and large animal quarantine facilities where we care for animals prior to placing them on exhibit. Visitors will see our juvenile bull sharks, a sea turtle, and many other fish before viewing corals in a microscope while learning about the coral and jellyfish research conducted at the Oklahoma Aquarium. This tour lasts 30 minutes.

Private Encounters

Any of our animal encounters can be booked as a private encounter for $150 (not including admission). Private encounters can include a maximum of 4 people for the otter encounter and 6 people for the shark or sea turtle encounter. Private encounters can be booked in-person or by phone only. To book yours, call (918) 528-3474.