This aquarium is designed like one giant hallway with lots of tanks and exhibit areas on each side. At the end of the hallway is there famous Siegfried Families Shark Adventure which is home to the largest bull sharks in captivity. There are also lemon, sand tiger, and nurse sharks in the tank. Though it is impressive to see that large of a bull shark the lack of other features in the tank make the area look very dark and empty, but do not let that keep you from seeing the Oklahoma Aquarium there are still lots of other exhibits that are worth your time and money.
The Oklahoma Aquarium does a nice job with having a variety of sea creatures both freshwater and saltwater. There is a nice exhibit area called the Fishes of Oklahoma which has just about every creature that can be found in the lakes and rivers in Oklahoma. There is a 100-plus-year-old alligator snapping turtle, turtles, alligator gars, and a variety of other fish. It gives a visitor a good idea about what is in the water with you the next time you are in a lake or river. The Fishes of Oklahoma section leads right into the Hayes Family Ozark Stream which is a wonderful exhibit that shows some of the fish and mammals that live along the river banks in Northeastern Oklahoma. In this area, we saw raccoons, beavers (mostly through a televisions hookup with a live feed to their burrow) and otters.
Other exhibits worth taking your time at are there Marvels and Mysteries area which has several different types of Jellyfish including upside down jellyfish. It is also home to an electric eel that has a light above the tank that lights up whenever the eel is sending an electric current through the water, and a tank with poison dart frogs among many other fascinating but strange creatures. The Ocean’s Room is another area that was interesting due to its large coral tank, a touch pool where we were able to get up close and personal with some sting rays and leopard sharks. Karen’s favorite area was another touch pool where we were allowed to touch a variety of things including having our hands cleaned by some sort of creature that I am saying is a prawn and Karen is telling me that it was a shrimp. I guess you will have to go check it out and let us know.
While at the Oklahoma Aquarium we learned that they are trying to add a very new exhibit including a large tank that will house a rainforest like exhibit, and they are currently raising money to complete a new home for their two loggerhead sea turtles. The preliminary sketches of their sea turtle exhibit look like it is going to be a very nice addition to the Oklahoma Aquarium.
Overall, we enjoyed our time at the aquarium. Like all aquariums that we have been to it seems a tad bit expensive, but when looking at all the upkeep, water filtration devices, heating and cooling for those fish it is easy to see why the cost at any aquarium is what it is. I would say that it is one of the better ones that we have been to, but you need to take that with a grain of salt because we have not been to many of the premier aquariums in the United States yet. If you live or are ever in the Tulsa area we do recommend that you go and check out the Oklahoma Aquarium.
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Located at 300 Aquarium Dr, Jenks, OK 74037
Hours of Operation – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. extended hours are on Tuesday when they close at 9:00 p.m. Opened every day of the year except Christmas
Price as of this Posting – Ages 13 to 65 $13.95 65 and over $11.95 and Children 3 to 12 $9.95
For more information visit their website at http://www.okaquarium.org/