Jenks Aquarium Opens, Limits Number Of Visitors

Friday, May 8th 2020, 5:06 pm
By: Mallory Thomas

Friday, visitors were allowed to see the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks for the first time in several weeks.

If you plan to visit the aquarium, you'll need to pick a reservation time and purchase tickets online and the aquarium is limiting the number of people inside.

“We usually come here at least once or twice a month. So being able to get back in here is really nice. No, we’re just trying to keep the kids from running amuck like they usually do when we're here," said Jeremy Case.

Many families were out Friday visiting the Oklahoma Aquarium on its first day of re-opening.

“We were ready to get out of the house and do something so that why we came here," said Meredith Harrison.

She said she felt safe visiting with her family because of the physical distancing lines and everyone moving in one direction.

“We’re one of the first attractions to open in the area, but we did take all of the proper precautions to ensure a safe experience for all of our guests and staff as well," said Oklahoma Aquarium Chief Marketing Officer Andrea Leitch.

She said crawl through spaces have been closed and they will not have feed time shows to prevent crowds from gathering.

“We know there are a lot of kids anxious to get out and do something with their parents and so we really feel like now is the perfect time to open," said Leitch.

Visitors said they hope to see more local attraction open also.

“As long as it’s kind of done like they’ve done it here where they space it out and you have to have a reservation. That way everyone still feels safe," said Harrison.

Leitch said they are limiting the size of groups to 15 people and they are asking visitors to wear masks. They've also extended their hours from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.