OKC is a city with natural beauty and all the modern trappings you would find in any other major city in the country. It’s the largest city of Oklahoma and has an interesting and rich history that you can follow back to pre-civil war error through its famous museums.
There are plenty of things to see and do, so we’ve made a list of the top 10 tourist attractions you must visit during your visit to Oklahoma City.
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This memorial is built to remember the victims and innocent lives lost during the bombing of the federal building in 1995 by Timothy McVeigh. It was the greatest act of domestic terrorism in American history. Visitors to the memorial and museum can learn about how this tragic event took place and how someone could just fly under the radar and carry out such a devastating attack on federal property.
Address: 620 N Harvey Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
For a more upbeat and positive change of pace, head on down to the country’s National Cowboy Hall of Fame, where you can see real life cowboy memorabilia, from movie stars like John Wayne to historic antiques, saddles, clothes, equipment, and more! Visitors can try out their cowboy skills and see how hard it is to throw a lasso. There’s also an actual live auction held twice a week that modern day cowboys use to bid on cattle nearby.
Address: 700 NE 63rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73111
No major city stop is complete without an equally great zoo, and Oklahoma City has an exceptional zoo that adults and children will enjoy. Both the OKC Zoo and nearby Botanical Gardens contain over 500 different species of animals, countless plants, and plenty of hands-on experiences that put you up close and personal with Mother Nature’s beautiful creatures.
Address: 2000 Remington Pl, Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Normally, when you visit a museum full of bones, you expect it to be a dinosaur museum, but that isn’t the case with this hidden gem of Oklahoma City. Inside you will find hundreds of animals stripped down to their skeletons, giving you a new insight on just how unique and specialized animals are, even everyday rodents and birds.
Address: 10301 S Sunnylane Rd, Oklahoma City, OK 73160
After getting your fill of all the normal biology stuff at the previous museum, you might be hungry for more science. Oklahoma’s dedicated science museum spans a wide range of science topics, from space to geological, there’s always something new to learn here for adults and children. There are science presentations and interactive galleries that offer inside looks at science that surrounds us.
Address: 2020 Remington Pl, Oklahoma City, OK 73111
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This could be the perfect place to bring a date or any flower lovers, as there’s 17 acres worth of horticulture on display here at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. It also houses its own fresh organic restaurant, as well as an ice skating rink, making it great to visit during any season.
Address: 301 W Reno Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
This is your average art museum that you will find in most major cities. That isn’t to say that it isn’t a great museum that has plenty of famous artworks, but you will find mostly modern European and American artists here. Sometimes you will have a touring exhibition that will surprise you, such as Florida-native Dale Chihuly who will wow you with his immense and creative glass sculptures.
Address: 15 Couch Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Home with the Oklahoma City Thunder, this stadium is home to a team that is both dearly beloved and hated by some. The hate comes from their history as a franchise that was once known as the formidable and NBA Finals contenders of the Seattle Supersonics. The team was moved to OKC in 2008 and the rest is history. Seattle fans no longer have a team to cheer for, but OKC is now a city with an exciting basketball team that shows promise every year.
Address: 100 W Reno Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
War Buffs will enjoy seeing all the historical artifacts that were used during many major wars. Authentic uniforms, weapons, and other equipment that was used by the 45th Infantry Division, as well as others fighting battles on foreign soil. This is one of the best places to get a personal look at retired military tanks and other vehicles, especially if you want to enjoy them in a natural setting outdoors.
Address: 2145 NE 36th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73111
This is a very impressive building that has a long history dating all the way back to its completion in 1917. The finished product that includes the dome centerpiece was actually added much later, it wasn’t finished until 2002. The entirety of the building is built using limestone from Indiana and granite from Oklahoma, despite the classic architecture of Greco-Roman influence.
Address: 2300 N Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73105