Oklahoma City Zoo
Oklahoma City, OK
Reciprocal: AZA 50% off
Full Price Admission Cost: $11 adults, $8 kids ages 3-11
WWWW Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
As some of you know, Oklahoma City is my hometown. Because of this, and because we once held annual zoo passes at this location, we’ve seen the Oklahoma City Zoo quite a few times. I’ve also seen a number of other zoos across the country, and let me tell you, the Oklahoma City Zoo is up there with the best.
This particular zoo features large habitats for the animals, something I personally really appreciate. There are also plenty of amazing plants growing all throughout the park, meaning your entire walk is beautiful and green.
At least two large playgrounds are a part of this place, giving kiddos plenty of opportunities to run off pent-up energy. We also really appreciate the children’s zoo area, which includes a super cute petting zoo as well as a water play area. In addition to these two things, favorite exhibits for my family have always been the amazing elephant habitat, the super cool Great Ape Escape, and the wild cat section.
- There are optional add-ons such as a shuttle ride, carousel ride, and giraffe and lorikeet feedings. They cost extra, so be sure to budget for them if desired.
- A ton of free parking is available, both at the zoo itself and across the street at Remington Park (which officially becomes overflow parking if the zoo is particularly crowded).
- As usual, we recommend taking a lunch in if possible. There are food options here, but they are very overpriced.
- Bring a camera and let the kids take photos of the animals.
- This zoo is big and requires lots of walking. Wear good shoes and bring plenty of water.
Books to Read
- If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss
- Zoo-Ology by Joëlle Jolivet
- National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia by Lucy Spelman
- Zoology for Kids: Understanding and Working with Animals by Josh Hestermann
- National Geographic Readers: Elephants by Avery Hurt
- National Geographic Readers: Lions by Laura Marsh
- National Geographic Readers: Giraffes by Laura Marsh
Videos to Watch
- Mister Rogers Visits the Zoo
- A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper
- Oklahoma Bats
- Wild Kratts Episodes
- Study Jams: Ecosystems
- Study Jams: Food Chains
Activities to Do
Things to Discuss
- Would you like to be a zookeeper one day? Why or why not?
- What can we do to help endangered species?
- What was your favorite exhibit? What did you learn there?
Other Area Attractions
Below are some of the other great attractions in this area. We try to keep things affordable, sticking to free and cheap attractions or museums and/or zoos on reciprocal lists. If an attraction is affiliated with a reciprocal program or offers free admission, I have noted that beside the attraction listing. To learn more about saving money using reciprocal programs, see this post.
- Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum
- Oklahoma City Museum of Art — NARM
- Oklahoma History Center — Time Travelers
- National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum — NARM
- Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center — NARM
- Myriad Botanical Gardens
- Science Museum Oklahoma — ASTC [WWWW Roadschool Guide]
Closest Places to Stay on a Budget
- State Park: Arcadia Lake State Park — 13.7 mi
- Passport America: Cedar Valley RV Park — 32.4 mi
Related Attractions in Other Areas
- Living Desert Zoo (Palm Desert, CA) — AZA 50% off [WWWW Roadschool Guide]
- Cape May County Park and Zoo (Cape May, NJ) — Free
- St. Louis Zoo (St. Louis, MO) — Free
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