9 Little Known Places In Oklahoma Where Animal Lovers Should Go

Oklahoma has many unique sanctuaries for animals that are open to the public. From large zoos to small foundations, there are many caring people that devote their time to protecting animal welfare and educating others. Many of the places in this article accept donations and volunteers and they welcome the opportunity to have you visit their animals during operating hours. If you’re looking for a fun activity, plan a day and visit one of these hidden gems for animal lovers in Oklahoma.

During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.

What other places are must-visit hidden gems for animal lovers in Oklahoma? Let your fellow readers know in the comments!

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Hidden Gems For Animal Lovers In Oklahoma

September 14, 2021

Where can I have an animal encounter in Oklahoma?

If you enjoy a more hands-on experience with animals when you visit a zoo or sanctuary, there are plenty of animal encounters you can partake in. At Nomad’s Animal Encounter in Seminole, private tours are available to get an up-close and personal experience with the animals. At Extreme Animals in Oklahoma City, you can have a sloth encounter or a swim with otters. These encounters offer some of the most memorable experiences you can have!

What are some of the best hidden gems in Oklahoma?

In a state filled with hidden gems, there are several you need to put on your bucket list now! Little Sahara State Park has over 1,600 acres of sand dunes and looks a bit like the Sahara Desert. It’s a rather remarkable place. Lake Murray is not only a beautiful, crystal-clear lake, but there are plenty of recreational activities you can do on the water and in the surrounding area. You can learn more about these hidden gems and more in this post

Are there any petting zoos in Oklahoma?

Hochatown Petting Zoo in Hochatown has plenty of barnyard animals to interact with and it also happens to be an animal rescue center. And then there’s Bradt’s Menagerie, the largest petting zoo in Oklahoma with a wide variety of animals from chickens to llamas, miniature horses, a water buffalo, and even a zedonk (a zebra/donkey). It’s a place unlike any other!