Oklahoma City is a modern metropolis that's still rich with cowboy culture. From world-class museums and festivals to working stockyards and horse shows, getting an authentic Western experience is something you can hang your hat on in Oklahoma City. Below are a few Oklahoma City's top stops to explore the history and experience the legacy of the American West.
With more than 28,000 Western and American Indian art works and artifacts, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is home to one of the most comprehensive collections of Western art in the world. From fine art, pop culture and Halls of Fame to Native American objects, historical cowboy gear, shopping and dining, the Museum is a must-see destination. Little cowpokes will love the Children's Cowboy Corral where they can strap on spurs and chaps and get a hands-on experience of life out on the trail. And don't miss Prosperity Junction: a replica of a turn-of-the-century cattle town complete with railroad depot, livery stable, blacksmith, school, church and more.
If you're looking for the real cowboy experience, it doesn't get more authentic than this historic commercial district located just minutes from downtown Oklahoma City. Here you can shop Oklahoma's most complete variety of Western shops, enjoy the West's best steak at Cattlemen's Steakhouse and observe craftsmen producing homemade items from boots, spurs, hats and clothing to saddles, tack, jewelry and Western art. Be sure to check out the Centennial Rodeo Opry's live western music show at 7 p.m. every Saturday night. And see real cowboys at work here every week during the world's largest live cattle auction. Livestock auctions begin at 8 a.m. every Monday and Tuesday.
Oklahoma means "Land of the Red People" in the Choctaw language, and more than 39 tribal nations call Oklahoma home. In Oklahoma City, you can explore the rich history and culture of Oklahoma's native people. The Red Earth Museum & Gallery, located in downtown Oklahoma City, features more than 1,400 contemporary and historical Native American artifacts. And each June representatives of more than 100 North American tribes gather in Oklahoma City to share the diversity of their heritage during the annual Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival. The largest Native American event of its type, the festival includes a parade, juried art market, dance competition, food, children's activities and more.
Home to more national and international equine championship events than any other city in the world, Oklahoma City's State Fair Park is the venue of choice for top national and world championship horse shows, attracting riders from across the nation - and world - each year. From bucking broncos to barrel races, these action-packed equine events are fun for the whole family; boots optional. For more information, visit our horse show page.