Must Do in OKC
If you've never been inside the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, or it has been years since your last visit, it's definitely worth a stop. Last year the Memorial went through a $10 million renovation upgrading the museum with state-of-the-art technology, hands-on exhibits and new displays of artifacts. Detailed information on the investigation as well as the trails of evidence that were 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 the memorial outside.
Conquer your fear of heights on the tallest adventure course of its kind, the Sandridge Sky Trail in the Boathouse District. The 80-foot structure features six levels of challenges, and the higher you climb the harder it gets. After you make your way through the rope bridges and balance beams, you can speed down 72-foot Sky Slide - America's tallest dry slide - or free fall 80-feet down on the Rumble Drop. You can also zip across the Oklahoma River and back again along the Sandridge Sky Zip, a 700-foot zip line.
The Buffalo Bill statue at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is perched on the southeast ridge of Persimmon Hill. The statue has been located at the museum since 1977 and serves as a tribute to the spirit of the West and to the man who embodied this spirit. The statue is one of the largest bronze sculptures west of the Mississippi and is surrounded by acres of beautiful landscape outside the museum. Experience the history and artistic beauty that more than 12 million visitors have seen at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is home to one of the most comprehensive collections of Dale Chihuly glass sculptures in the world, including the 55-foot Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick Memorial Tower in the atrium of the museum. More works can be seen in the permanent exhibit, which is full of colorful glass and drawings. Chihuly is widely heralded as the most important artist working in glass since Louis Comfort Tiffany, and the museum’s collection represents more than three decades of his finest work. Be sure to take a selfie when you’re in the hall of Chihuly glass — it’s the perfect backdrop.
A trip to OKC isn’t complete without trying the lamb fries at Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, Oklahoma City’s oldest continuously operated restaurant. A specialty at Cattlemen’s, they’ve been frying them up for more than 100 years, feeding the faces of movie stars, rodeo legends and politicians such as Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
The fried onion burger is an Oklahoma original, created in the 1920s by frugal chefs that used shredded onions pressed into their patties as a way to make their beef stretch farther. Today it’s just a delicious OKC staple. Ask a local where to grab one and chances are they will tell you Tucker’s Onion Burgers. There, you can get a single, a double or, if you dare, triple the beef with the Mother Tucker. Each comes with a mound of perfectly caramelized onions and your choice of additional toppings.
The Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory at the Myriad Botanical Gardens is a beautiful oasis downtown with a unique design that has earned global attention and praise. It is 224 feet long, 70 feet in diameter and is covered by 3,028 translucent acrylic panels. Once inside, you can see multiple waterfalls and 750 varieties of plant life in two distinct climates: a tropical wet zone at the south end and a tropical dry zone at the north end.
Take a seat and enjoy the sites of OKC’s Entertainment District on the Bricktown Water Taxi. Once on board a water taxi, you’ll be entertained as you learn all about our city’s unique history and recent renaissance. Boats run continuously every 10-15 minutes and tickets are all-day passes. You can ride round trip, which takes approximately 40 minutes, or you can board and exit at any of the docking locations along the canal to get you through Bricktown and to the Boathouse District.
Get an up-close encounter at the Oklahoma City Zoo when you visit by feeding the animals! Make your way to Exploreikeet Adventure where you can feed the Lorikeets in the Children’s Zoo, feed the tallest animals in the world at the Giraffe Feeding Platform or make a splash when you feed stingrays at Stingray Bay. Feeding schedules vary, so be sure to check www.okczoo.com.
The all new CurioCity is a 20,000-square-foot village located inside Science Museum Oklahoma. It features eight whimsical neighborhoods where the familiar meets the fanciful as children get a taste of the wonderful world of science. CurioCity gives families the opportunity to explore, play and create together with new discoveries around every turn. Discover the fun of science in ways you never imagined.