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Fun Things to do in Oklahoma City


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Named one of the Best Places to Visit by Frommers Travel and Travel + Leisure, Oklahoma City offers all of the culture, cuisine, attractions and amenities youd expect in a modern metropolis. And with its rugged Western past, working stockyards and title as Horse Show Capital of the World, its rich in cowboy culture, as well. From family fun to romantic retreats to outdoor adventures you wont find anywhere else, Oklahoma City has plenty of hustle without all the hassle.


Best time to go

Plan a fall trip The best time to visit Oklahoma City is between September and November, when the weather is mild. Summertime highs can soar past 90 degrees, making it uncomfortable to tour some of the city's outdoor attractions. Meanwhile, winter temperatures can dip below freezing.


Fun city facts and activities

    Rugged, thriving, ultimately cool Oklahoma City is equal parts cultural heartland, traditional Midwest capital and historic cow town, with lively pockets of recently revitalized neighborhoods and stylish arts districts to boot. The capital city is on its way up in the urban arts and dining worlddefined by a recent influx of hip bars, cutting-edge restaurants, breweries, shops, hotels and gallerieswhile still remaining a bastion of Old West culture and cowboy vibes. The city is also known as the hometown of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the horse show capital of the world. Spend enough time properly exploring the streets and soaking up the local sights, and OKCs rustic charms will undoubtedly win you over. Well bet our money on that. Ladies and gentlemen, enjoy these really exciting things to do in Oklahoma City.
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Neighborhoods to explore

    Deep Deuce
    Crown Heights
    Plaza District
    Nichols Hills
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Food Specialties

    Oklahoma Citys dining scene is one of the countrys best-kept secrets. Tell that to your friends and theyll likely sneer but, hey, that just means more food for you. Its not all about juicy burgers and chicken-fried steak, either (although meat lovers should rest assured that there is plenty of both to go around): the best restaurants in Oklahoma City are defining a sizzling Szechuan scene, putting out delectable sushi and revamping comfort food staples into high-quality, gourmet meals. Lets not forget the smattering of hipster hotspots and farm-to-table eateries that rival those of any other major urban area in America.

Oklahoma City Offbeat activities

Free or cheap things to do

1. Catch a show at the Oklahoma City Improv.
2. Take a tour of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.
3. Go ice skating on the Myriad Gardens Ice Rink.
4. Explore the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden.
5. Catch a movie at the IMAX Theater at the Sci-Port Discovery Center.
6. Take a tour of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
7. Visit the Oklahoma City National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
8. Take a tour of the Oklahoma City Downtown Underground.
9. Catch a show at the Oklahoma City Music Hall.
10. Visit the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial.

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Kid friendly

Fun things to do in with kids

Free or cheap things to do

Take a boat ride down the Bricktown canal
Ride the ferris wheel at Wheeler Riverfront Plaza
Have an adrenaline-pumping experience at Frontier City
Get adventurous at RIVERSPORT Adventure Park
Reflect on the past at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum
Make a splash at Hurricane Harbor OKC
Get lost in the beauty of Myriad Botanical Gardens
Enjoy the outdoors at Scissortail Park
Catch an OKC Thunder game
Watch a Dodgers game at Bricktown Ballpark
Learn to ice skate at Devon Ice Skating Rink
Tour the Oklahoma State Capitol
Immerse yourself in the strange at Factory Obscura
Try something new at Pops Soda Ranch
Stroll around Lake Hefner

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City data and FAQ 

What is Oklahoma City known for?

OKC is famous the OKC National Memorial & Museum dedicated to the federal building bombing in 1994 that killed 168 people. It also has the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Hall of Fame, the Science Museum, the Softball Hall of Fame, the 45th Infantry Museum, the Botanical Gardens, the Museum of Art, the OKC Zoo, Remington Park, Scissortail Park, Bricktown, and Riversport Adventures. There are many fine restaurants and nightclubs located through-out the city.
Kevin Davis - Lives in Norman, OK

Is Oklahoma City worth visiting?

OKC has really stepped up its game in the last 20 plus years. Its downtown and tourist areas have really transformed and the city continues to make amazing changes and additions. I lived there 25 years ago for a little over three years. And tye difference between then and now is just incredible. A dead, dying, dusty boring raggedy old down town area has transformed into a tourist and entertainment mecca and it improves every year. Whether its worth a vacation depends on what you are looking for. Its not New York or LA. Its not even Dallas. But for a smaller midwestern big city its coming along really nicely.
Leolynn Cauthron - Lives in Southern Midwest
Yes, I think the casinos in the metro area are fun. If you enjoy hiking, Roman Nose and Red Rock canyon are very nice and less than 2 hours away.
D. Winfler Lives in Oklahoma City, OK (1982 Present)

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