There is always something magical about going to the zoo. Whether you’re five years old or twenty-five, it never seems to get old. So when I got the opportunity to take a trip to the Oklahoma City Zoo, there was no hesitation. And what better time of year to go than fall? The weather was cool, but not cold, and the sky was overcast. If you’re familiar with Oklahoma summers, they can be brutal. This was definitely a better time to visit.
The OKC zoo is a decent size with a plethora of exhibits that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. We merely walked around, not bothering with the rides, cafes, etc., and it took us a few hours to look at the animals on display.
Many of the animals are what you would typically expect to find at a zoo, such as giraffes, elephants, and flamingos.
All of which were really neat. But here in Oklahoma, they give you the opportunity to walk through an area that displays our local wildlife, such as mountain lions, bears (grizzlies and black), and buffalo. It was a neat attraction to add and it was possibly my favorite.
Well, besides the herpetarium, that is.
Yep. It’s where they keep their snakes. And they have some big ones too. The zoo houses several species, some local and some from far off countries. Including one massive anaconda, which was hanging out in a large basin of water. Did you know that they can stay submerged for ten minutes before resurfacing for air?
There were also plenty of big cats to see such as tigers, lions, and jaguars. But the zoo also displays many unique and more rare breeds too.
And of course, there were the primate exhibits. The day we went the gorillas were pretty active giving us a little show.
Continuing on, the OKC zoo also has an aquatics exhibit featuring sting rays, which you can pet and feed, and sea lions. While this portion of the zoo was not large, it was still enjoyable to visit.
While the Oklahoma City Zoo is not the largest, it is definitely worth the time. Located on the edge of the city, it’s easy to access with relatively little traffic, unlike some of its counterparts. Additionally, the admission price is very reasonable. And the attractions are great for old and young alike. Whether you want to take a ride on the train or check out the petting zoo, there’s something for everyone here. So if you’re in the area, be sure to drop by. It’s a great place for families and you won’t regret the trip.