Oklahoma City Attractions

Oklahoma City AttractionsOklahoma City is a place steeped in Western history. Cowboys and Indians are a real tradition and many of the attractions reflect that frontier attitude.

The Oklahoma City Zoo is one of the oldest in the region and boasts more than 300 species in a 100 acre area. In addition to animals, the zoo maintains botanical gardens with many different varieties of plants. The ZooZeum tells the story of the zoo, which opened in 1902. Visit the elephants, lions and gorillas in their natural habitat or visit the Children’s zoo where kids get interactive.

Myriad Botanical Gardens are a 17-acre oasis right in the middle of downtown. View gardens inspired by those in France or visit the lake filled with large Japanese Koi. The Crystal Bridge is an acrylic-encased tropical conservatory that is 224 feet long and 70 feet in diameter featuring about 2000 varieties and a 35-foot waterfall. Nearby is the lake’s Water Stage seating 500 people for plays, concerts and weddings.

The National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage is a must see when in Oklahoma City. Pioneers settled Oklahoma in the late-1800s bringing cowboys to land that was occupied by Native Americans. The museum opened in 1955 and has a vast collection of Western art and many different artifacts from Native American and cowboy life. Learn what the life of a cowboy was like on a ranch and see examples of Indian baskets, pottery and regalia.

Frontier City is a theme park with roller coasters and other thrilling rides with a Western flair. In the park is White Water Bay with water rides, a float down a river and many sprinklers and slides. Thrill to the 50 plus rides or sing along with musicians and actors on the stages of the park

The Oklahoma City National Memorial stands in memory of bombing victims in the Federal Building bombing of 1995. The memorial holds a field of empty chairs for those that died and the large Gates of Time holds a memorial. A reflecting pool and survivor tree are also part of this beautiful monument. The museum is an interactive learning experience that tells the story of that fateful day.

From memorials to museums and fun activities, Oklahoma City provides visitors with a memorable place to visit. Get a good idea of what the Wild West was like in days gone by and enjoy the attractions that thrill, exit and teach about the area and its people.