Located very near the geographic center of the United States, Oklahoma City is also central to an eclectic mix of activity in the region. OKC may be known for its stockyards and oil production, but the city has a ton more to offer in terms of its culture, history, and beauty. There is much more than this list has to offer, but we have compiled 10 Oklahoma City tourist attractions that you will certainly enjoy. Here they are in alphabetical order.
If you’re looking for a hub with all the history, restaurants, and shopping you could need for a day, then Bricktown is your place to go. Bricktown came into fruition in 1993 when the city decided to revamp an abandoned warehouse district. Now it is a thriving area that attracts both locals and tourists.
Get the excitement of the Wild West in the form of an amusement park at Frontier City. Featuring everything from roller coasters to water slides, Frontier City will satisfy your need for a thrill.
Myriad Botanical Gardens
See some extravagant natural beauty right in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. A friendly member of the staff would love to give you a tour throughout the gardens so you can learn even more than if you take the journey alone.
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum has been doing its part to preserve the history of the American West since its inception in 1955. The museum features Western art and also provides several educational programs.
Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum
April 19, 1995, became a day to remember in Oklahoma City when the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building fell under a terrorist attack. Today, you can honor and remember those who lost their lives when you visit the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial and the Memorial Museum.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are two of the biggest superstars in the NBA, and those two have led the Oklahoma City Thunder to unprecedented heights. Check out a game when the Thunder host one of the top teams in the NBA at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Oklahoma City Zoo
For just $8 per adult, you can have a fun-filled day at the Oklahoma City Zoo. The Zoo offers behind-the-scenes tours, so you can get up close and personal to your animal of choice.
The Overholser Mansion is massive, as the square footage surpasses the 11,000 mark. Originally owned by Henry and Anna Overholser and finished in 1903, the Overholser mansion is now open for tours Tuesday through Saturday.
Remington Park Racing Casino
Feeling lucky? If so, head to the Remington Park Racing Casino. You can test your handicapping skills on the quarter horses and thoroughbreds, or you can head inside and try your luck in the casino.
To get a real taste of the cowboy life, take a trip to Stockyards City. You can see a public cattle auction every Monday and Tuesday or have an excellent meal at Cattlemen’s Steakhouse.
These 10 Oklahoma City tourist attractions are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to entertainment in the city. Whatever you decide to do during the day, Select Registry inns are sure to satisfy your accommodation needs. The Montford Inn & Cottages is less than 20 miles south in Norman, OK, while the Shiloh Morning Inn & Cottages is a little further south in Ardmore, OK. Whichever place you decide will be great, as you will have the option to participate in the Select Registry Rewards Program.
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