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16 Sensational Things to Do in Oklahoma City

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There are always new and unique things to do in Oklahoma City. It doesn’t matter if you’re visiting Oklahoma City for the first time or you’ve been to OKC before.

Oklahoma City is a place that easily gets overlooked when it comes to planning where to go. But, it shouldn’t be. 

From its rich history to the abundant adventures to the creative street art, OKC is a mecca of fun. Often referred to as The Modern Frontier, you can experience contemporary art while also stepping back in time.

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Things to Do in Oklahoma City

1. Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum

While much of Oklahoma City is colorful, there is a history here that shouldn’t be ignored. 

Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City is the location of the Oklahoma City Bombing. Which is arguably one of the largest domestic terrorism events in history. 

You absolutely need to visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. While there is a fee for the museum, the outdoor memorial is free to explore. 

Things To Do in Oklahoma City – Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum

2. Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory

The Myriad Botanical Gardens is a beautiful botanical garden and urban park located downtown. 

The Gardens is home to multiple tiers of densely landscaped areas that surround a sunken lake. While the inside does cost a fee, you can explore the outdoor gardens for free. 

Things To Do in Oklahoma City – Myriad Botanical Gardens

3. First Americans Museum

The First Americans Museum showcases First American history exhibitions. Culture, art, cuisine, and programs allow visitors to experience the history of 39 distinctive First American Nations. 

Things To Do in Oklahoma City – First Americans Museum
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4. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

OKC may be the midwest, but you’ll find nothing but the wild west here at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

The Museum collects, preserves, and exhibits a renowned collection of Western art and artifacts. There are indoor and outdoor exhibits so make sure you explore everywhere. 

Things To Do in Oklahoma City – National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

5. Factory Obscura Mix-Tape

Factory Obscura Mix-Tape is a 6,000-square-foot interactive exhibit that allows you to immerse yourself amongst the emotional ties of mixed tapes. 

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6. Museum of Osteology

The Museum of Osteology is a museum with the opportunity to explore the form and function of the skeletal system.

The Museum currently displays over 300 skeletons from all over the world. 

Things To Do in Oklahoma City – Museum of Osteology
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7. Paseo Arts District

The Paseo Arts District is an artsy neighborhood is full of galleries, shopping, and restaurants. 

Stroll through the Paseo Arts District to find the best art in the city. Additionally, this neighborhood’s architecture is brimming with stucco buildings and clay-tiled roofs. 

Things To Do in Oklahoma City – Paseo Arts District
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8. Oklahoma City Museum of Art

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art has one of the most comprehensive collections of Dale Chihuly glass in the world. It also houses a major collection of photography by Brett Wilson and a collection of works by painter Paul Reed.

Additionally, they regularly screen international, independent, documentary, and classic films. 

Things To Do in Oklahoma City – Oklahoma City Museum of Art
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9. Route 66 Park

The Route 66 Park includes a watchtower, an amphitheater, and a scaled-down walkable version of Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Things To Do in Oklahoma City – Route 66 Park
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10. Martin Park Nature Center

Martin Park Nature Center is a great way to get a dose of the outdoors. There is a variety of trails and an on-site nature museum. 

Things To Do in Oklahoma City – Martin Park Nature Center
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11. Oklahoma History Center

The Oklahoma History Center is a learning center focused on Oklahoma’s unique Native American culture and history, aviation, tornadoes, commerce, and more. 

The Oklahoma History Center is a Smithsonian Affiliate and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.  

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12. Science Museum Oklahoma

If you enjoy hands-on activities and science, the Science Museum is the place for you. 

The museum includes activities centered around the ocean, space, aviation, butterflies, dinosaurs, and more. 

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13. Lake Hefner

Lake Hefner is a great spot to get away from the city. Take a stroll around the lake, enjoy a picnic near the lighthouse, or hike the 9-mile walking path. 

Things To Do in Oklahoma City – Lake Heflen
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14. Scissortail Park

Scissortail Park is a 70-acre urban public space featuring a variety of things to do. 

There’s everything from ornamental gardens and woodlands to a seasonal roller rink to a picnic grove.

Things To Do in Oklahoma City – Scissortail Park
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15. Street Art

Love street art? I can assure you that you will leave Oklahoma City feeling completely satisfied. 

The murals of Oklahoma City blew me away. You could spend an entire trip just hunting down the best ones.

Things To Do in Oklahoma City – Street Art

16. Frontier City Theme Park

Finally, Frontier City Six Flags is a western-themed amusement park that is fun for everyone. 

Thrilling rides like the Brain Drain, Diamondback, and Gunslinger are waiting for you at this unique theme park. 

Things To Do in Oklahoma City – Frontier City
Photo Courtesy of Frontier City Six Flags

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Ashley Hubbard

Ashley Hubbard is a blogger and freelance writer based in Nashville, Tennessee focusing on sustainability, travel, veganism, mental health, and more. Passionate about animal rights, sustainable travel, and social impact, she seeks out ethical experiences whether at home or on the road. She shares these experiences on her website, wild-hearted.com.

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