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See the exotic species, marvel at the butterfly exhibit, and enjoy the botanical garden at Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. Along with animals from all over the world like tigers, elephants, and giraffes, the zoo hosts a wide selection of species native to Oklahoma, from bears and alligators, to birds and bats. You can walk around, hop on one of the train rides, or take a boat tour on Zoo Lake. The zoo especially focuses on opportunities for children to learn about wildlife while playing and interacting with the animals. During the hot summer months, a lot of the activities include splashing water, so consider bringing a spare set of clothes for the kids. Add Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden to your Oklahoma City travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Oklahoma City itinerary maker site.
Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden reviews
Been there several times. Good place to take the family at affordable prices. Be sure to check their website for discounts (ie military, healthcare, first responders). Enjoy the lion and reptile...
Been there several times. Good place to take the family at affordable prices. Be sure to check their website for discounts (ie military, healthcare, first responders). Enjoy the lion and reptile... more »
Very disappointed in this zoo visit. I feel like the staff at ticket counter should have been transparent about what exhibits were open. Very few were open which is somewhat understandable due to the.... more
Very disappointed in this zoo visit. I feel like the staff at ticket counter should have been transparent about what exhibits were open. Very few were open which is somewhat understandable due to the.... more »
Went to feed giraffes with 2yo, no one else around but employees-allowed 2 twigs to feed and that’s all, even tho the employees were still there just shoveling twigs down them. There was no notice...
Went to feed giraffes with 2yo, no one else around but employees-allowed 2 twigs to feed and that’s all, even tho the employees were still there just shoveling twigs down them. There was no notice... more »
It was a great school trip. The zoo is doing remodeling so there was a lot of construction that was going on. The animals that were there were awesome to see. The kids and everyone there had a great time, and can't wait to see what new exhibits will come. The zoo was also setting up the lights for Halloween, which was really cool to see as well.
One of my favorite zoo's to visit. Lots of variety of animals. Lots of trees for shade. Plenty of benches for sitting when gets tired. The tram is handy for getting around and inexpensive. Handicapped accessible. Great activities for adults and kids.
Went to the lights drive through and then walk through. The kids liked the drive through but loved the walk through. I think for the money, there does need to be changes made. For older people, the drive through is not long enough. Maybe needs to be combined with a train ride through the walk through section. Days or evenings could be divided between train rides and walk through. Love going to the zoo normally, and we did have a discount for being members, but felt sad that a lot of people wouldn't be able to experience it due to price.
Most of the zoo is under construction currently. It would be nice if tickets were discounted since a good portion (pushing half or more) is under construction. But it's still a lot of fun! Some things were still left from the dino exhibit. The zoo is huge, give it at least 3 hours. Lots to see. Bring quarters (feeding ducks, turtles, fish), $1 and pennies (smashing), $5s (wax molds!) and then however you're going to pay for food. There should be exhibit signs for the construction. For the workers, the machines, what's going on. Kids like construction, too, and adults are curious. I would love to see signs about who is working, what they like, how the machines work and facts about them. How the company hired is contributing to making a better planet. They're missing a perfect chance to teach.
We drive down from Tulsa and always try to fill our day so the drive is worthwhile. I’d been looking forward to taking my 4 year old because he absolutely loves the zoo and we hadn’t been to this one in a few years. We went on a week day in September & my complaints are this: there’s a large area of construction so lots of paths are blocked off - totally get this, it happens & I’m understanding of that, however, this zoo is a complete maze. While walking around I saw very minimal signage to help point us in the right direction - I noticed chairs at the forks in the road where presumably they’d have someone help people who were lost, however, there was no one around. We had a map, but the map is confusing because the actual walking paths again had very little signage. We had to try 6 different vending machines before we could find one that worked or had water available & none of the food/rest areas were open. There is no zoo train but there is a tram that I believe takes you on a tour of the zoo - which we were going to do after getting so turned around and hardly seeing any animals but it wasn’t running. Not sure if they only run on the weekends or if we just happened to miss it that day. The employees we did encounter were nice and helpful and the zoo was very clean. Overall it felt like we walked a ton, got turned around a lot & saw very few animals. Disappointing because I know this is a really nice zoo. Having an updated map with the construction zones/blocked off paths clearly marked in addition to more signs around the zoo to show which animals are down which paths would have been such a tremendous help.
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