Must Do in OKC
Whether you're traveling to Oklahoma City for the first time, a repeat visitor or a lifelong local, here is our Top 10 List of things to (OK)see and do. Be sure to head over to our Insider's Guide where we share what's new in OKC, trip inspiration and upcoming events.
- Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
- Scissortail Park
- Oklahoma City Thunder Basketball
- Factory Obscura's Mix-Tape
- Horse Shows
- Oklahoma City Zoo's Sanctuary Asia
- Conestoga Wagons & Teepees at Orr Family Farm
- National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
- Oklahoma City Museum of Art
- Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
Come to Remember at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
If you’ve never made it inside of the Oklahoma City National Memorial or it’s been years since your last visit, it’s worth a stop when you’re in town. The Memorial recently went through a $10 million renovation upgrading the museum with state-of-the-art technology, hands-on exhibits and new artifacts. Detailed information on the investigation—including Timothy McVeigh’s vehicle he was driving when he was pulled over and arrested—as well as the trail of evidence that was left behind, are all a part of the new enhancements. Also added to the museum is a 40-foot glass overlook creating a seamless connection between the museum and memorial outside, with stunning views of the ever-changing Oklahoma City skyline.
Experience OKC's Newest Urban Park
Scissortail Park is Oklahoma City's newest 40-acre outdoor recreation space just steps away from the core of downtown Oklahoma City. Stroll through the gardens and groves, relax on the lawn, catch a concert or live performance, play like a kid on the Children's Playground and get on the water with pedal boat, kayak and standup board rentals from the Boathouse.
Thunder Up at Chesapeake Energy Arena
It's safe to say that OKC is Thunder-struck, and attending a Thunder game is a can't-miss Oklahoma City experience. Don your best blue, orange and yellow and head to the Chesapeake Energy Arena to see the excellence and energy of Thunder nation. Want to get in on the action? Here are the best ways to Thunder Up in OKC.
Immerse Yourself in an Artistic Experience
It's no secret that OKC's art scene is booming, and Factory Obscura's Mix-Tape is its newest addition. This 6,000 square-foot interactive exhibit hits play on an immersive art experience highlighting the emotional ties to the mixed-tapes of the 1980s and the form of expression by the person creating them. Wonder as you wander through a color wheel of creation designed in partnership with 30 Oklahoma City-based artists, and connect in real-time with guests of Meow Wolf's House of Eternal Return in Santa Fe. Don't miss the iconic boom box outside! Press any button and watch what happens next.
Oklahoma City is known as the “Horse Show Capital of the World” with more national and international equine championships and events than any other city in the world. Watch real life cowboys and cowgirls rope, ride and wrangle their way to the winners circle at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds throughout the year. Many of the shows are free or very affordable and deliver plenty of action to keep everyone entertained.
Experience Sanctuary Asia
Located in the southwest section of the Oklahoma City Zoo, Sanctuary Asia extends the Asian elephant herd’s existing habitat and creates new habitats for red pandas, Indian rhinos, langurs, Komodo dragons, Tanuki (raccoon dogs) and cassowary birds. The expansion also includes a two-story restaurant with a view into the elephant, rhino and Komodo dragon habitats plus a splash zone in the courtyard for children to enjoy during warmer months.
Spend a Night Under the Stars
For a totally unique overnight experience with a American West feel, look no further than the Conestoga Wagons & Teepees at Orr Family Farm. Go camping or "glamping" under a country sky in this home away from home on the range, complete with a roaring campfire (for toasting marshmallows, of course), temperature-controlled wagons and teepees, deluxe amenities and exclusive access to Orr Family Farm activities. You won't find lodging like this anywhere else in the region!
Step Inside the Wild West
Experience the history and artistic beauty that more than 10 million people have seen at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Its large collection of classic and contemporary Western art, including works by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, as well as sculptor James Earle Fraser’s work, The End of the Trail, make this museum top-notch, and interactive galleries bring the history of the American cowboy, rodeos, Native American culture, Victorian firearms and Western performers to life.
Gaze at 55 Feet of Beauty
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art boasts one of the most comprehensive collections of Dale Chihuly glass in the world, including the 55-foot Elenor Blake Kirkpatrick Memorial Tower in the museum’s atrium. Chihuly is heralded as the most important artist working in glass since Louis Comfort Tiffany, and the museum’s collection represents more than three decades of some of his finest work. Be sure to take a selfie when you’re in the hall of Chihuly glass - it’s the perfect backdrop.
Get in Touch with Your Creative Side
A world-class facility for exhibitions, performance, and education and breathtaking addition to the OKC skyline, the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center is a hub for artistic experiences of all kinds. Located in the heart of Automobile Alley in downtown Oklahoma City, the center provides accessible, inclusive art experience through free exhibits, events and performances year-round. The onsite cafe allows for guests to finish the gallery experience by dining outside or inside while enjoying hand-crafted cocktails and modern cuisine, inspired by Oklahoma.