There are hundreds of exciting aquatic creatures for you to see. Some you can even touch. Giant sharks and many other marvels ... More
There are hundreds of exciting aquatic creatures for you to see. Some you can even touch. Giant sharks and many other marvels and mysteries of the deep await you at the Oklahoma Aquarium. Visit the Karl and Beverly White National Fishing Tackle Museum, featuring a $4 million antique collection of sport fishing's firsts. The Oklahoma Aquarium will make a splash as your family's favorite destination. Be sure and stop in the Gift Shop for a unique selection of clothing, books, toys and gifts. Visit Corkie's Deli for a tasty selection of sandwiches, salads, pizza, desserts, smoothies and other refreshments.
To high priced and they keep asking for money. $2 for 3 slivers of carrots and $3 for 3 small pieces of shrimp to feed the turtles and stingrays. We went on spring break and it was so crowded you could not see the exhibits and it smelled so bad.
My husband & I bought our 2 grandson's an aquarium pass for Christmas this year. If you live close this is the way to go. Prices may seem a bit high for a visit,but for $125 you can get 4 adults & 4 children in all year. A wonderful place to go with the kids.
There is a large variety of marine life to watch in well placed and spaced salt and fresh water tanks and habitats that are very well maintained. They were cleaning the whole time we were there. The touch zones set up for children (and adults, too) are very interesting. My favorite exhibit this trip were the jellyfish, so beautiful and graceful to watch. I have done a lot of traveling to the carribean islands and seen a lot of marine life in various fashions but this was a much better experience. I have played with a lot of marine life like the stingrays in the ocean and now it is fun to watch my grandchildren experience what they feel like, etc. Here you get to see everything up close in very vivid colors and see the strange details of each item. Going down 120 feet to the ocean sea floor in an Atlantis sub in the carribean islands did not give us the spectacular views that can be seen here in this aquarium. New construction looks like it will offer even more fun for the children with tunnels to crawl through and views from what looks like it will make the child feel as if they are a part of the exhibit. New construction for sea turtles as well is scheduled.
My ticket was actually a gift but the prices do not seem out of line to me for similar places that I have traveled to and seen here in the states and out. The family memberships would be the better way to go if you think this might be someplace you would go to more than once and pays for itself in only 2 visits. I think this is a highly educational experience for the children and know that my grandchildren love to go there.
For those that complained in some of the other reviews, the day we went there were more adults than children. But I really enjoyed watching the children and seeing things through their eyes, too. As far as people crowding around exhibits for feedings, etc., everyone was polite and allowed others to move around and take turns looking. For those that don't enjoy the noise of children, visits should be planned when school is in session and you could even probably call ahead to see if they have any school field trips scheduled. Since I have been in very crowded entertainment avenues, I have come to learn to be patient, think of others and they will reciprocate, so keep that in mind, and that children can sometimes be noisy but that is just part of life and who really wants to stifle children especially when they are learning and having fun!! If crowds aren't your thing, then keep in mind that places like this are going to be crowded from time to time and visits need to be planned around the high traffic times and days. If they were not crowded, then more than likely, the attraction is not worth the money or the time to visit, and they would not be able to remain open. I don't think this aquarium will have that problem and I am looking forward to sharing this attraction with other family and friends in the near future and for years to come.
Someone said pricy... they must not have been to other aquariums. As one of the finest aquariums I have been to I wil pay it again and again. The sights are fantastic.... you can touch, feed and watch. But I have to rave how the employees treated the kids like royalty. From the greeters, the educators and the divers who play with the children from inside the tanks. A truely magical experience for 4 of my kids from 1 to 10 and even mom!
We visted the Aquarium just this weekend and had an excellent time. It is just a short drive from the Interstate and there are signs pointing the way there. One tip though, if you are coming in from out of state have quite a bit of change on hand as you will most likely be traveling on Indian Nation toll roads.
When you are paying your admittance fee into the Aquarium, if you happen to be a member of AAA you will get a $2.00 per person discount, but you have to ask for it. This saved the 4 of us $8.00 off of the about $52.00 cost.
The aquarium is not big, like a Marineland type setting so if that is what you are looking for you might be a bit disappointed, but it is just the right size where the children will not be whining after 2 hours, which is about what it took us to see all the exhibits. The exihibits are set up wonderfully, especially in one area where when you walk through it you can see sharks swimming next to and above you! The staff is very friendly and helpful.
All and all we enjoyed our visit to the Aquarium very much.
My husband and I went to the aquarium hoping for a day of peaceful wonderment and what we got was about 30 minutes of screaming kids, backs of heads, and dissapointment. It's not that the aquarium wasn't interesting, but the price of admission is far too high for what is available to look at. Also, the layout makes it seem crowded even with just an avarage number of people. The shark tunnel was impressive and I would have enjoyed it very much if the parents had heeded the "quiet zone" signs instead of letting large groups of children run through the tunnel at full speed and screaming their heads off. The Tulsa Zoo is a much better bargain and has a much better atmosphere so we will continue to spend our Sunday afternoons there rather than in Jenks.
I loved this place because of all the marine animals there. There are beautiful seahorses and graceful, peaceful sharks and a bunch more! The dwarf seahorses are so adorable, everyone in my 6th grade class loved them!!!
The shark feeding was quite an experience; the sharks would gather around the diver as he threw the food at them. I also loved the jellyfish. The were so pretty as they moved along. In all, this is a wonderful place to go.
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