• Oklahoma Aquarium in Tulsa: Guide for visitors

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    The Oklahoma Aquarium is the state's must-see attraction for marine life, eco-education and conservation. Bull sharks are a big deal at the Oklahoma Aquarium, which has the largest in captivity and a unique tunnel and dome where visitors can get a good look at the magnificent creatures. The well-organized aquarium is also home to hundreds of other tropical fish and numerous reptiles, including two 300-pound loggerhead sea turtles.

    To make the most of a visit to the Oklahoma Aquarium and its interactive exhibits, check out this information guide.

    Location: 300 Aquarium Drive, Jenks

    Directions: The Oklahoma Aquarium is located in the Jenks suburb just south of Tulsa. Driving directions are available by linking to Google from the aquarium's website.

    Hours: The aquarium is open every day of the year except Christmas. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Tuesdays 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Admissions are sold up to one hour before the aquarium closes.

    Attractions: The motto is "up close and personal," and just a few of the aquarium exhibits include:

    • Amazing Invertebrates: Spineless wonders of the world, including sponges, barnacles, starfish, sea urchins and anemones.
    • Extreme Fishes: A gallery of fish that can breathe air, blend into their surroundings and defend themselves against predators.
    • Aquatic Oklahoma: A gallery of Oklahoma lake and river marine life, including a 120-year-old alligator snapping turtle, 7-foot-long alligator gar and a paddlefish that hasn't altered much since prehistoric times
    • Shark World: A walk-through tunnel that allows visitors to delve into one of the world's largest collections of bull sharks without getting wet.

    Special events: While the everyday exhibits are unique and thrilling, select events held there kick the excitement up to new levels. Just a few of the possibilities include "Zzzzs in the Seas,"which offers ticket holders the opportunity to snooze among sharks, stingrays, seahorses and other marine creatures; a Valentine's Day fete with a swim through the exhibits and divine cuisine; and a 5K Aquarium Run that benefits education efforts at the aquarium.

    Tickets: General admission to the aquarium costs around $16 for adults; $14 for seniors (62-plus) and military; and $12 for children ages 3-12 (children ages 0-2 are free of charge)

    Discounts are offered on group tickets or reservations of 20 or more with advance purchase or registration.

    E-tickets are valid a full year from the day you purchase them. 

    Memberships are available on an annual basis at different levels. All include unlimited admission and other discounts and benefits.

    Other admission discounts are available with a valid Oklahoma fishing or hunting license, an AAA membership card or Tulsa Zoo membership card.

    More must-know information about the Oklahoma Aquarium:

    • More than 200 volunteers guide visitors through aquarium exhibits and perform other important duties to keep the place operating. Those 18 or older can become volunteers after filling out applications, while the Aqua-Teens program is open for volunteers ages 13 to 17.
    • The foundation that supports the aquarium presents a celebration and fundraiser on the anniversary of Sea Turtle Island, with local craft beers and food, live entertainment, and of course sea turtles and sharks.
    • The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has its regional headquarters at the aquarium campus. For more information, call 918-299-2334.
    • Donations to the Fish Friends Education Fund allow under-served school groups to enjoy the educational benefits of a field trip to the Aquarium.

     

    For more information:
    Oklahoma Aquarium
    300 Aquarium Drive, Jenks
    918-296-3474
    okaquarium.org
     

     

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