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

Shark Encounter and Feed Experience

Overview: Meet the ocean's apex predators during the shark encounter and feed experience! Before visiting our large animal holding to feed zebra sharks, guests will receive a 15-minute lesson about shark biology and conservation. 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 before the scheduled encounter in order to receive a refund. Cancellations within 24 hours, no-shows, and late arrivals are non-refundable. 

When: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $20 per person (members) or $25 per person plus general admission (non-members)
Capacity: 6 people or fewer

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Sea Turtle Encounter

Overview: Get a behind-the-scenes look at our loggerhead sea turtle during our Sea Turtle Encounter! Participants will receive a 15-minute lesson about sea turtles and how we can help conserve them in the wild, followed by the opportunity to watch our staff feed. 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. 

When: Monday-Friday at 3:15 p.m.
Cost: $20 per person (members) or $25 per person plus general admission (non-members)
Capacity: 6 people or fewer

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BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOUR

Overview: Guests will visit our small and large animal holding facilities where we care for animals prior to placing them on exhibit. Visitors will see our juvenile bull sharks, sea turtle, and many other fish while learning about what it takes to run an aquarium. This tour lasts 30 minutes.

When: Mondays and Thursdays at 11 a.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 11:45 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $10 per person + General Admission
Capacity: 25 people (private tours see bottom of page)

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*Must be reserved at least 24 hours in advance.

Shark Feed Tour

Overview: 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 about 45 minutes.

When: Monday and Thursday at 1:45 p.m.
Cost: $15 per person + General Admission (private tours see bottom of page)


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*Must be reserved at least 24 hours in advance.  



Private Encounters

Private encounters are available for groups who want to ensure that the encounter only consists of members of their party. Private encounters cannot be booked outside of the listed days and times for that encounter, and group size maximums still apply (6 people for shark and sea turtle). Private sea turtle and shark encounters cost $150. Private encounters can be booked in person or by phone only. To book yours, call (918) 296-3474.


*Please note that we have discontinued our river otter encounter until further notice. Otter encounter reservations booked prior to 7/15/2021 will be honored.