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Safari Train

Climb aboard and experience the zoo from our miniature passenger train—the railroad circles the zoo and features views of animal exhibits and behind-the-scenes areas.

$2 per person for non-members
$1 per person for members

Free for ages 2 and under

Arvest

Wildlife Carousel

Featuring 30 different hand-painted animals,  Tickets are available at admissions or Crane Depot train station. 

$2 per person for non-members
$1 per person for members

Hardesty

Gem Dig & Sluice

Gem Dig:
Dig for buried treasure and take home what you find.

$5 per person for non-members
$4 per person for members

Sluice:
Try your hand at panning for gems in the sluice with options from mining rough to bonus gems.

$6–$10 per person for non-members
$5–$8 per person for members

Helmerich

Playground

Helmerich Playground offers free-play experiences for toddlers and older children in separate, defined areas. Children of all physical, social, and emotional capabilities can use play to create empathy and understanding through shared experiences.

Dining

George Kaiser Family Foundation

Rajan's

Located in Lost Kingdom, our newest restaurant features up-close dining with Malayan tigers. The menu includes a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches, craft beer on tap and ice cream from Rose Rock Microcreamery.

Ann and Jack Graves

Komodo Canteen

Komodo Canteen is the perfect stop for a quick bite to eat. Choose from a variety of snacks, such as pretzels, popcorn, dippin’ dots, ICEE’s and sodas.

Macaw Landing Grille

Located at the back of the zoo near the Rainforest, the Macaw Landing Grille offers both indoor and outdoor seating. Featuring American cuisine, the grille serves items such as burgers, sandwiches, salads and pizza.

Lions Lookout

Fill your cup with 1 or all 9 flavors at our newly renovated mix-it-up ICEE experience. Get your soft serve favorites along side hot snacks and cool drinks. Offers outdoor seating area overlooking the playground.

Train Stations

Tulsa Zoo has two train stations offering snacks and cool drinks – Crane Depot is located at the front of the zoo across from the carousel and Sea Lion Station is located at the back of the zoo behind Helmerich Sea Lion Cove.

Snack Carts

Located throughout the zoo, select carts feature items like Dippin Dots®, soft drinks, and popcorn. 

Activities

Zookeeper Chat

Learn from the experts and daily caretakers of animals at the zoo by chatting with our keepers. Learn about our animals’ daily care,

Story Time

Join one of our zoo educators for a fun and interactive story that is great for the whole family. Stick around until the end to meet a surprise animal ambassador! Story Time Wednesdays are held inside the Cox Nature Exchange every Wednesday at 10 a.m.

COX

Nature Exchange

The Cox Nature Exchange is a trading center where guests exchange natural items found outdoors, outside of Tulsa Zoo grounds. They can be traded for any of the thousands of interesting items in our collection. It’s easy to participate. Traders are awarded points, not only for items brought in but also for knowledge about the items.You can contact the Nature Exchange by emailing [email protected]

Take a walk in the woods, in your back yard or keep your eyes open while you’re on vacation. Look around for something that sparks your interest like a cool rock, fossil, plant, insect or shell and bring it to the Exchange. Bring no more than 5 items at a time. Leave the rest where they are, nature still needs them!

Our trained staff and volunteers will initiate a discussion about your item; together we will learn what it is, where it came from and what purpose it serves. The trader will then earn points for the item plus the knowledge they share or learn about their items while at the Exchange.
We encourage research to be done at home about the item. The more you know, the more points you’ll earn. Reports, journals, posters and pictures are all great tools to share what you have discovered.

Use your points in our well stocked swap shop like money. We’ll put your earned points in your very own account; the points never expire. Spend some, save some; it’s all up to you! (Please note: no dollar value is assigned to the points.)

We cannot accept items that are protected by law. This includes items from city, state or national parks (including from zoo grounds), bird items (like feathers, nests or eggs) or cultural items (like arrowheads).

Walking Tour

Explore some of the zoo’s animals with a knowledgeable professional guide. This unique walking tour experience offers insight into the animal world with engaging stories, interesting facts, and animal observations of some of Tulsa Zoo’s most popular animals.

$9 per person (ages 3 and older) plus zoo admission. (Zoo members will receive a 100% discount applied for the admission portion of the total at check out when you sign into a verified member profile account.)

Maximum participants: 20

This 45–60 minute tour focuses on our Lost Kingdom complex and portions of our African Plains.

On this walk visitors will not only learn about our specific animals, but they will discover the conservation efforts of these species in the wild. Learn fun facts and little-known details about the wide variety of animals that live at our zoo.

Tour stops include, but are not limited to: Siamangs, Malayan Tigers, Komodo Dragons, Snow Leopards, Giraffe, and White Rhinos.

  • Tours will run rain or shine, so please dress accordingly.  All tour tickets are non-refundable.
  • Visitors will start their adventure at the globe where their knowledgeable interpreter will begin the tour.
  • This is a walking tour and moderate standing, and walking will be required over a 45–60 minute period.
  • Tours do not include touching live animals or behind-the-scenes access.
  • Tickets are only valid for the tour date/time that you select.
  • A link to your tickets will be sent in a separate email. Please have them printed or ready on your smartphone before you arrive at the Admissions booths.

 

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