You've decided to come to Oklahoma City for your summer family vacation. Or you're already in town for the 2013 NCAA Women's College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. Either way, we highly recommend exploring OKC's Adventure District. It's sure to keep the entire family entertained for days.
With ASA Hall of Fame Stadium located in the heart of the Adventure District, it's just a short distance to Science Museum Oklahoma (SMO) and the Oklahoma City Zoo. Science Museum Oklahoma "reveals the wonder and relevance of science in our everyday lives" (translate = you get to play with really cool stuff!). Along with acres of hands-on exhibits, one of the most entertaining shows in town can be found at SMO. The daily Science LIVE! shows includes live science experiments that the audience (yes, you!) gets to participate in. You can also take a look deep into the night sky during the Planetarium Theater Show.
Located just next door to SMO (really, simply walk across the parking lot), the Oklahoma City Zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals. They feature pretty cool exhibits such as the Great EscApe, Cat Forest/Lion Overlook and Oklahoma Trails. The Zoo also features a state-of-the-art, Asian-themed elephant habitat covering more than 9.5 acres. The exhibit is home to two sisters - Asha and Chandra - and Asha's baby, Malee, who was born in April 2011. Rex, an Asian bull elephant, also joined the herd in late 2011 after moving from Canada to Oklahoma City. Want to get up close and personal with a few of your favorite animals? Head over to the Children's Zoo where you can meet flamingos, goats, hogs, monkeys and the ever-popular lorikeets. (You can even feed the lorikeets!) You can also feed the tallest animal on earth at the Giraffe Feeding Platform. It's easy to spend an afternoon, or an entire day, hanging out with all kinds of animals...and we're not just talking about your kiddos!
And be sure not to miss the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. You take a step back to the Old American West when you enter one of OKC's most popular visitor attractions. This museum is packed full of classic and contemporary Western art including the famous 18-foot sculpture, The End of the Trail. Along with the Children's Cowboy Corral where the little cowboys and cowgirls can strap on their first pair of chaps, the youngest family members (and the adults, too) will love Prosperity Junction - a replica of a turn-of-the-century cattle town including a railroad depot, blacksmith shop, school, church and more.
Also in the Adventure District, experience live horse racing at Remington Park Racing Casino, learn the history of Oklahoma's firefighters at the Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum or catch a movie at Cinemark Tinseltown. Like we said, plan to spend a few days roaming around the Adventure District. There is plenty to see and do with fun-filled adventures for the entire family.