BREAKING: Oklahoma Aquarium to re-open Friday

BREAKING: Oklahoma Aquarium to re-open Friday

The Oklahoma Aquarium will open its doors to the public Friday for the first time since March 16 when it closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kenny Alexopoulos, Chief Operating Officer of the Oklahoma Aquarium, said he is excited about the facility opening to the public again.

“As we anticipate reopening the Oklahoma Aquarium on Friday, we look forward to welcoming the community back to our aquatic world, especially to see our newest exhibit, ‘Secret World of the Octopus,’ which is a magnificent exhibit showcasing a giant Pacific octopus. The health and safety of our guests and staff remain our utmost priorities.”

Alexopoulos said the Oklahoma Aquarium is taking the following precautions to ensure the safest environment:

Operational Changes:

-The aquarium’s new hours of operation. It will remain open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week, with last tickets sold at 7:45 p.m. Please expect your visit to last approximately one hour due to our new, guided pathway through the aquarium.

-Online ticket sales will only be offered for 15 people to enter during timed slots every 15 minutes. Please visit okaquarium.org to make a reservation.

-Members, please log in to your online account at okaquarium.org to make a reservation.

-Re-admission will not be allowed, so guests may enter during their reserved time slots. 

-For the safety of our guests and staff, we greatly appreciate the wearing of face masks when possible. 

– created a safe path through the aquarium to ensure social distancing.

-Touch tanks will remain open during the day.

Alexopoulos said for the safety of our guests and to ensure social distancing, the following will remain temporarily closed:

-Beaver and otter exhibits

-Upper part of sea turtle exhibit

-Coin-operated rides and games

-Playground and indoor crawl-through spaces

-Water fountains

-Feed stands

-Feed shows will be temporarily postponed.

 Café and Gift Shop:

-The café will be open with a limited menu.

-The gift shop will be open, but strollers or wheelchairs will not be available for rent.

“We’re especially excited to reveal our new octopus exhibit to guests because it was entirely funded thanks to public donations,” Alexopoulos said. “We hope this intimate setting with fewer guests during our extended hours will provide a special experience for our guests at the aquarium. We’re grateful for the dedication of our staff and the support of our community during this difficult time, and we look forward to reopening on May 8.”

For questions about reopening, contact Chief Marketing Officer Andrea Leitch at 528-1501 or aleitch@okaquarium.org.

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