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! 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 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. 

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 Spot the loggerhead sea turtle during our Sea Turtle Encounter! Participants will receive a 15-minute lesson about sea turtles and how we can aid their conservation, followed by the opportunity to watch our staff feed Spot. 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 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 while learning about the coral and jellyfish research conducted at the Oklahoma 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.; Saturday and Sunday 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 1:00 p.m. (see below for July dates)
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.  



Sharklahoma Shark Feed Tours (July only)

Overview: Celebrate sharks all month long with a specialized version of our shark feed tour! Participants will receive a free Sharklahoma t-shirt (while supplies last) and a 15-minute classroom lesson with the opportunity to touch shark bio-artifacts such as jaws, protective chainmail, and megalodon teeth! Guests will then visit our food prep kitchen and venture to the top of our Shark Adventure tank to watch biology staff feed these apex predators. This tour lasts about 45 minutes.

When: Mondays and Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. (July 1-29)
Cost: $25 per person + General Admission
Capacity: 30 people (2 tour groups)

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Private Encounters

Private encounters are available for groups who want to ensure that the encounter only consists of members of their own party. Private encounters cannot be booked outside of the listed days and times for that encounter and group size maximums still apply (4 people for otter; 6 for shark and sea turtle). Private otter encounters cost $100 and 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.