Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

A- Overview:
“Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain,
And the wavin’ wheat can sure smell sweet
When the wind comes right behind the rain.”.

What a fitting depiction Rodgers and Hammerstein penned for this truly remarkable city. Located directly in the center of the state, Oklahoma City stands as a modern marvel surrounded by the endless horizons of the Great Plains.

The city had an amazing beginning when a single gunshot was fired on April 22, 1889, signaling the opening of the territory to new settlement. A day later, this barren prairie was home to ten thousand settlers. In 1911, the capital was moved here and in 1928 oil was discovered, forever changing the city. Unfortunately, tragedy is part of its history as well. On April 19, 1995 a bomb killed 168 people at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Today a museum stands to remember them and that tragic day.

Easily accessible, Oklahoma City sits at the intersection of two major Interstate highways: I-40 from the east/west, and I-35 from the north and south, making it a must stop location on any trip through the area. With the overall weather conditions varying year round, it is never boring. Will Rogers once quipped, “If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute and it’ll change.”

It’s not just the weather and history that make this city so appealing. There are a host of attractions, events, and things to do as well.

One of the most popular attractions for visitors and town folk as well is the Frontier City Theme Park. Here you can stroll through an authentic 1880s western town and enjoy rides, shows, games and attractions. Visitors can even experience the famous Gunfight at the OK Corral. For those who like thrill rides, there are numerous roller coasters and water rapid rides as well.

If you prefer something a little less taxing, try Omniplex. Omniplex provides an adventure in discovery of new worlds and galaxies, exploration the sciences and arts, a chance to relive the past and peer into the future. The complex houses several museums, galleries, gardens, greenhouses and a planetarium, making this a must see attraction for the entire family.

Interesting museums are plentiful as well. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum depicts the true Western spirit of the past and the rugged individualism and romantic spirit of the frontier. This popular visitor attraction features a collection of classic and contemporary Western art, including works by Charles Russell, Frederic Remington, and the famous 18-foot sculpture by James Earle Fraser, The End of the Trail. Visitors of all ages enjoy an adventure into the Old West at this national memorial to the American cowboy.

There’s also the Governor’s Mansion, the Zoo, the Fire Fighters Museum and many more sites and events to occupy the visitor’s time, night or day.

Whatever the reason for visiting, this historic truly western city has great appeal. You may even see a cowboy on horseback tipping his hat to a passing lady. Oklahoma City is where the Old West meets the New West, with country style.

B- City Information:
Population: 506,132

Elevation: 1230 feet above sea level

Location: Located in the very center of Oklahoma, at the intersection of I-35 from

the north and south and I-40 from the east and west.

Land Area: 607.0 square miles

Time Zone: Central Time Zone (when it’s noon in Oklahoma City, its 1:00pm in

New York City and 10:00m in Los Angeles

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
36.7
42.2
50.9
59.7
68.5
76.8
82.0
81.2
73.2
62.0
48.9
39.5

High temperature (°F)
47.3
53.7
62.7
71.5
79.1
87.4
93.3
92.8
84.3
73.7
59.8
50.0

Low temperature (°F)
26.0
30.8
39.1
47.9
57.8
66.2
70.6
69.5
61.9
50.3
38.0
29.0

Precipitation (in)
1.3
1.6
2.9
3.1
5.4
4.6
2.8
2.6
3.8
3.6
2.2
1.9

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precip.
5
6
7
8
10
9
6
6
7
7
5
6

Wind speed (mph)
12.5
13.1
14.3
14.2
12.5
11.8
10.9
10.4
10.8
11.8
12.3
12.3

Morning humidity (%)
78
77
76
77
83
84
80
80
83
80
80
78

Afternoon humidity (%)
62
60
57
56
62
61
55
55
59
57
60
62

Sunshine (%)
60
60
65
68
66
75
79
79
72
70
61
58

Days clear of clouds
11
9
10
9
9
10
15
14
13
14
12
12

Partly cloudy days
6
7
8
8
10
11
10
10
8
7
7
6

Cloudy days
14
13
13
13
12
9
7
7
9
10
11
13

Snowfall (in)
3.2
2.4
1.5
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.5
1.9

Local Seasons:

Oklahoma’s weather reflects the transitional nature of its geography. Its climate is generally mild and humid. Due to the diverse terrain of the state, the weather changes frequently, so it is never boring! Will Rogers once quipped, “If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute and it’ll change.”

Any time of year can be rewarding for a visit. With four distinct seasons, each one offers something interesting and unique. Summer tends to be the busiest season and is a great time to experience one or more of the exciting outdoor theme parks or take in one of the many events held during this time. In the fall, with the temperatures dropping to a cool, but comfortable range, it’s a good time to enjoy a sporting event, take a walk, or bicycle on one of the many trails located in the city’s parks or enjoy a good meal while watching nature change the unique surrounding scenery. Winter can be chilly but not uncomfortable, making it the perfect time to enjoy a good book by a roaring fire or a visit one of the many museums located in and around the city. While it does snow during this time, it rarely lasts long and makes the sights of the city even more beautiful. Spring brings a re-birth of nature and opens up a multitude of possibilities for each visitor. Oklahoma City is a year round city of fun and education.

How to Get There:

By Car:

Oklahoma City is conveniently located and easily accessible by car. It is located in the very middle of Oklahoma, at the intersection of I-35 from the north and south and I-40 from the east and west.

By Air:

Will Rogers World Airport

7100 Terminal Drive

Oklahoma City, OK 73159

405-680-3200

The airport is served my many of the national airlines as well as certain regional carriers.

Directions to the airport:

From the east or west: follow I-40 to EXIT 145, Meridan Avenue. Exit south and follow Meridian approximately 5 miles to the airport.

From the north via I-35: follow I-35 south to I-44. Take I-44 West to Exit 116B, Airport Road exit. (Approximately 15 miles). Follow Airport Road west to Meridan Avenue. Take the Meridian Avenue Southbound exit, and follow Meridian south approximately 1 mile to the airport.

From the south via I-35: Follow I-35 north to I-240 West. Follow I-240 west to I-44 (I-240 automatically merges with I-44 just west of May Avenue). Take Exit 116B, Airport Road, and exit on the left. Follow Airport Road west to Meridan Avenue. Take the Meridian Avenue Southbound exit and follow Meridian south approximately 1 mile to the airport.

From the southwest or northeast: Follow I-44 to Exit 116B, Airport Road exit. Follow Airport Road west to Meridan Avenue. Take the Meridian Avenue Southbound exit, and follow Meridian south approximately 1 mile to the airport.

By Train:

Amtrak

100 South E.K. Gaylord Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

800-USA-RAIL

By Bus:

Greyhound

427 W Sheridan Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

405-235-6425

Getting Around:

By far, the easiest way to get around is in a car. With such a variety of things to see and do, a car offers the greatest flexibility. There is also an excellent bus system as well as fleet of trolleys made with the visitor in mind. In addition, taxis are readily available.

Metro Transit Bus System

300 Southwest 7th St.

Oklahoma City, OK 73109

405-235-RIDE

Trolley

The Oklahoma Spirit Trolleys travel throughout the downtown area on the Red & Blue Lines. They also tour the I-40/Meridian corridor on the Orange Line.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day last Mon. in May

Independence Day July 4

Labor Day 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
City Arts Center

3000 General Pershing Blvd (Fairgrounds)

Oklahoma City, OK 73107

405-951-0000

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free

City Arts Center is an arts education facility with spaces that change exhibits every 4-6 weeks.

Coles Garden

1415 NE 63rd St

Oklahoma, City, OK 73111

405-478-1529

Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9am – 5pm

Admission Charged

Floral and sculpture garden across from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

Frontier City Theme Park

11501 N I-35 Service Rd

Oklahoma City, OK 73131

405-478-2412

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Stroll through an authentic 1880s western town and enjoy rides, shows, games and attractions. Experience the famous Gunfight at the OK Corral, and catch Frontier City’s six live shows. Enjoy thrilling coasters, the Renegade Rapids river raft ride, the perilous Tomahawk and MindBender, and the Mystery River Log Flume. There is big fun for little mavericks at Paul Bunyan’s Tiny Timber Town. Also, there are outdoor concerts by legendary artists as well as special events.

Governor’s Mansion

820 NE 23rd St

Oklahoma City, OK 73105

405-521-921

Hours: Tours conducted on Wed. from 1pm – 3pm except holidays, March through November.

Admission Free

This stately mansion has been the official residence of Oklahoma’s Chief Executive since 1928. Designed by the same architectural firm that was chosen to design the State Capitol Building, the Governor’s mansion reflects the same Dutch Colonial style.

Harn Homestead Museum

313 NE 16th St

Oklahoma City, OK 73104

405-235-4058

Hours: Tue. – Sat., 10am – 4pm

Admission Free
This historic homestead, claimed during the Great Land Run of 1889, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

45th Infantry Division Museum

2145 NE 36th St

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

405-424-5313

Hours: Tue. – Fri. 9:00 am – 4:15 pm; Sat. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sun. 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Admission Free

This famous museum depicts the military history of Oklahoma from its early beginnings to the present. It includes a fascinating display of memorabilia collected from Hitler’s apartment when captured by the 45th Infantry Division. A collection of over 200 original “Willie and Joe” cartoons are displayed in the Bill Mauldin Room. The museum contains displays of WWII and Korean Era artillery, original uniforms, firearms, dioramas and an outdoor military park with over 40 military vehicles, aircraft and artillery.

International Gymnastics Hall of Fame

120 N Robinson Ave

Oklahoma City, OK 73102

405-235-5600

Hours: 10am-3pm Monday – Friday.

Admission Free

The Hall of Fame is located in downtown Oklahoma City in the First National Center’s concourse level. Oklahoma is home to Olympic gymnasts Shannon Miller, Bart Connor and Nadia Comenici, and is now the home of this fascinating hall of fame. Hundreds of photographs, Olympic medals, memorabilia, videos, uniforms, etc., some dating back to the 1932 games, are displayed.

Martin Park Nature Center

5000 W Memorial Road

Oklahoma City, OK 73142

405-755-0676

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission: Free.

A 140-acre protected natural wildlife area is home to dozens of indigenous mammals and 180 species of birds. Experience the unspoiled beauty of native grasses, shrubs and trees as you stroll along the 21/2 miles of wood-chip foot trails. Special guided nature hikes and weekend programs are available.

Myriad Botanical Gardens

100 Myriad Gardens

Oklahoma City, OK 73102

405-297-3995

Hours: 9am – 6pm Monday – Saturday; noon – 6pm Sunday

Admission

The Myriad Botanical Gardens is a 17-acre oasis in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City, with beautifully landscaped rolling hills surrounding a sunken lake. The centerpiece of the gardens is the seven-story Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, featuring a fascinating collection of palm trees, flowers and exotic plants from across the globe.

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

1700 NE 63rd St

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

405-478-2250

Hours: Year-round 9am – 5pm. Open seven days a week except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.

Admission Charged

The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum preserves the rugged individualism and romantic spirit of the frontier. This popular visitor attraction features a superlative collection of classic and contemporary Western art, including works by Charles Russell, Frederic Remington, and the famous 18-foot sculpture, The End of the Trail. Visitors of all ages enjoy an adventure into the Old West at this national memorial to the American cowboy.

National Softball Hall of Fame

2801 NE 50th St

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

405-424-5266

Hours: Mon. – Fri. 9am – 4:30pm, Sat. 10am – 4pm, Sun. 11am – 4pm; Closed weekends November – March

Admission Charged

The National Softball Hall of Fame displays the colorful history of softball and its greatest players. Various facets of the sport including fast, slow, and modified pitch, umpires, youth and championship teams are featured, as well as those inducted into the Hall of Fame or Hall of Honor. The museum is housed in the headquarters complex of the Amateur Softball Association/USA Softball and the International Softball Federation. The ASA Hall of Fame Stadium is regarded as the nation’s number one softball venue, and hosts national and world class competition throughout the season.

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

415 Couch Drive

Oklahoma City, OK 73102

405-236-3100

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-5pm; Thursdays until 9pm; Sundays 1pm-5pm.

Admission Charged

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art in the Donald W. Reynolds Visual Arts Center features numerous exhibition galleries, an education center, a 250-seat theater, and a cafe, store and library/resource center. Programs include world-class traveling exhibitions, comprehensive film programs and a variety of family activities. The commissioned 55 ft. signature sculpture by world renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly serves as a beacon for the museum and downtown.

Oklahoma City National Memorial and Memorial Center Museum

620 N Harvey Ave

Oklahoma City, OK 73102

405-235-3313

Hours: Monday through Saturday 9am-6pm; Sunday 1– 6pm.

Admission

The Oklahoma City National Memorial remembers those who lost their lives in the tragic bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building on April 19, 1995.

Oklahoma City Zoo

2101 NE 50th St

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

405-424-3344

Hours: May (Memorial Day) – September (Labor Day) 9am – 6pm daily; exhibit buildings close at 8pm. September – May 9am – 5pm daily; exhibit buildings close at dusk. Guests may always remain on grounds until dusk. The Zoo is closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Admission Charged

The Oklahoma City Zoo features a diverse and fascinating animal and plant collection. The Zoo is home to over 1,500 of the world’s most exotic animals, including over 50 endangered or threatened species. Enjoy dramatic views of the world’s most exotic animals in naturalistic settings like Great EscApe, Cat Forest/Lion OverloOK and The Noble Aquatic Center.

Oklahoma Firefighters Museum

2716 NE 50th St

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

405-424-3440

Hours: Seven days a week, 10am – 4:30pm

Admission Charged

This museum features extraordinary turn-of-the-century fire engines that were once used in Oklahoma communities. Oklahoma’s first fire station is displayed along with specimens of firefighting equipment.

Oklahoma Heritage Center

201 NW 14th St

Oklahoma City, OK 73103

405-235-4458

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9am – 5pm, Sun. 1pm – 5pm.

Admission Charged

The former residence of Judge Robert A Hefner’s family is open to the public. Elegant 1917 mansion contains Louis XVI furnishings, as well as collections of bells, canes, Meissen china, and fine art and tapestries. The original third-floor ballroom now houses Oklahoma Hall of Fame galleries, including portraits and biographies of famous Oklahomans. Also on premises are a library, chapel and formal gardens.

Omniplex

2100 NE 52nd St.

Oklahoma City, OK

405-602-OMNI

Hours: Winter (Day after Labor Day to day before Memorial Day): Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 5pm; Saturday, 9am – 6pm; and Sunday, 11am – 6pm; Summer (Memorial – Labor Day) Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm; Saturday, 9am – 6pm; and Sunday, 11am – 6pm.

Admission Charged

Omniplex is an adventure in discovering new worlds and galaxies, exploring the sciences and arts, reliving the past and peering into the future. The complex houses several museums, a planetarium, galleries, gardens and greenhouses. Several museums are located in the Omniplex, including the Kirkpatrick Science and Air Space Museum, Red Earth Indian Center, and the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, where you can experience fascinating exhibitions of some of the world’s most influential photographic artists. Separate admission is not required. Also open is the state’s first 70 mm IWERKS movie theater, the OmniDome!

Oklahoma Opry

404 W. Commerce St

Oklahoma City, OK 73109

405-32-8322

Hours: Regular Saturday night performances at 8:00 p.m.

Admission Charged

The Oklahoma Opry is one of the oldest country and gospel shows and has showcased performers such as Merle Haggard and Reba MacEntire.

Overholser Mansion

405 NW 15th St

Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday & Sunday 2 – 4pm

Admission Charged

Overholser Mansion was the first mansion in Oklahoma City, built by early-day entrepreneur Henry Overholser. It is of late 19th century architecture with original furnishings and hand-painted, canvas-covered walls.

Remington Park Race Track

1 Remington Place

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

405-24-1000

Hours: Quarter Horse Racing begins in early April. Post Times are Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays: 6:30pm, Sundays & Mondays: 2:30pm CST. Thoroughbred Racing is Seasonal.

Admission Charged

State of the art racetrack, featuring world-class racing, restaurants and an arcade for kids.

State Capitol

2401 N Lincoln Blvd

Oklahoma City, OK 73105

405-521-3356

Hours: Open daily 8am – 4:30pm. Hourly tours.

Admission Free

A tour of the Oklahoma State Capitol is a must for any history buff. It is the only capitol with a working oil well on its grounds.

State Fair Park

500 Land Rush Street

Oklahoma City, OK 73107

405-948-6700

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

The Oklahoma State Fair Park is one of the largest state fair park facilities in the country. Events held there include auto racing, rodeos, concerts, national horse shows and the annual State Fair of Oklahoma. There’s always something happening at the State Fair Park!

State Museum of History

2100 N. Lincoln Blvd.

Oklahoma City, OK 73105

405-521-2491

Hours: Mon. – Sat. 8am – 5pm.

Admission Free

Just across the street from the State Capitol, the State Museum of History presents a comprehensive historical overview of Oklahoma, from prehistoric times to oil field wildcatters and the space program. Interpretive exhibits, artifacts, original art, and special weekend programs provide an entertaining and informative experience. Unique exhibits include an original bison hide teepee, a Civil War cannon and wagon used in two land runs, Native American murals, historic quilts and much more.

Stockyards City

189 W Sheridan
Oklahoma City OK 73102
405-297-8912

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Oklahoma City’s Stockyards is one of the largest stocker/feeder cattle market in the world. Here you can see Oklahoma cowboys working the livestock. Cowtown offers a variety of shops from old time general stores and tack shops to western duds, jewelry and a 24-hour beef restaurant. Visitors can also attend livestock auctions held Monday through Tuesday.

Water Taxi of Oklahoma

115 E California Ave

Oklahoma City, OK 73104
405-234-TAXI (8294)

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

The water taxi is one of the state’s most unique attractions on the Bricktown Canal. Water Taxi runs a continual service like a bus and visitors can board a Water Taxi every 10-15 minutes in either direction. All Water Taxi Ambassadors narrate points of interest along the way.

White Water Bay

3908 W Reno Ave

Oklahoma City, OK 73107

405-943-9687

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information.

Admission Charged

There are over 30 water rides, slides, pools and activities at White Water Bay. Try Cannonball Falls, a slide that fires you into the water after a six-foot drop. Brave the waves in the Wave Pool or challenge the seven story Bermuda Triangle’s three water slides. There’s a four-person Big Kahuna raft ride, and a 65-foot freefall Acapulco Cliff Dive. For a more relaxing ride, float down the lazy Castaway Creek. For the children, there’s a Kids Kove soft-play area (with room for the parents, too.)

World of Wings Pigeon Center

2300 NE 63rd St.

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

405-478-5155

Hours: Tours on weekday afternoons, weekends by appointment.

Admission Free, donations accepted

A visit to Oklahoma City isn’t complete without a stop at the World of Wings Pigeon Center. This unique and beautiful place was built with the dream of honoring this bird for its contribution to religion and service in communication in peace and war. Take a tour of the museum and library, and see the birds while strolling the grounds.

World Organization of China Painters Museum

2641 NW 10th St

Oklahoma City, OK 73107

405-521-1234

Hours: Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm.

Admission Free

This unique museum is the headquarters for the World Organization of China Painters. The center contains an outstanding collection of hand-painted china from around the world, along with a research library and classrooms for china painting instruction.

Nearby:

Express Ranches Clydesdale Center

12701 W. Wilshire Blvd

Yukon, OK 73099

Located 15 miles west of Oklahoma City

405-350-6404

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 6pm

Admission Free

The Express Ranch is home to 14 beautiful Clydesdale horses, living in style in a renovated 1936 barn. Clydesdales weigh in at over 2,000 lbs, twice what a regular horse would weigh. The teams are used to promote a number of events, including the Children’s Miracle Network of Oklahoma. Also, one can view historical exhibits in a large loft area.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Frontier City Theme Park

11501 N I-35 Service Rd.

Oklahoma City, OK 73131

405-478-2412

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Stroll through an authentic 1880s western town and enjoy rides, shows, games and attractions. Experience the famous Gunfight at the OK Corral, and catch Frontier City’s six live shows. Enjoy thrilling coasters, the Renegade Rapids river raft ride, the perilous Tomahawk and MindBender, and the Mystery River Log Flume. There is big fun for little mavericks at Paul Bunyan’s Tiny Timber Town. Also, there are outdoor concerts by legendary artists as well as special events.

Governor’s Mansion

820 NE 23rd St.

Oklahoma City, OK 73105

405-521-921

Hours: Tours conducted on Wed. from 1-3pm except holidays, March through November.

Admission Free

This stately mansion has been the official residence of Oklahoma’s Chief Executive since 1928. Designed by the same architectural firm that was chosen to design the State Capitol Building, the Governor’s mansion reflects the same Dutch Colonial style.

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

1700 NE 63rd St.

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

405-478-2250

Hours: Year-round 9am-5pm. Open seven days a week except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.

Admission Charged

The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum preserves the rugged individualism and romantic spirit of the frontier. This popular visitor attraction features a superlative collection of classic and contemporary Western art, including works by Charles Russell, Frederic Remington, and the famous 18-foot sculpture, The End of the Trail. Visitors of all ages enjoy an adventure into the Old West at this national memorial to the American cowboy.

Oklahoma City Zoo

2101 NE 50th St.

Oklahoma City, Ok 73111

405-424-3344

Hours: May (Memorial Day) – September (Labor Day) 9am – 6pm daily; exhibit buildings close at 8pm. September – May, 9am – 5pm daily; exhibit buildings close at dusk. Guests may always remain on grounds until dusk. The Zoo is closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Admission Charged

The Oklahoma City Zoo features a diverse and fascinating animal and plant collection. The Zoo is home to over 1,500 of the world’s most exotic animals, including over 50 endangered or threatened species. Enjoy dramatic views of the world’s most exotic animals in naturalistic settings like Great EscApe, Cat Forest/Lion Overlook and The Noble Aquatic Center.

Oklahoma Firefighters Museum

2716 NE 50th St.

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

405-424-3440

Hours: Seven days a week, 10am – 4:30pm

Admission Charged

This museum features extraordinary turn-of-the-century fire engines that were once used in Oklahoma communities. Oklahoma’s first fire station is displayed along with specimens of firefighting equipment.

Omniplex

2100 NE 52nd Street

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

405-602-OMNI

Hours: Winter (Day after Labor Day to day before Memorial Day): Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 5pm; Saturday, 9am – 6pm; and Sunday, 11am – 6pm; Summer (Memorial – Labor Day) Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm; Saturday, 9am – 6pm; and Sunday, 11am – 6pm.

Admission Charged

Omniplex is an adventure in discovering new worlds and galaxies, exploring the sciences and arts, reliving the past and peering into the future. The complex houses several museums, a planetarium, galleries, gardens and greenhouses. Several museums are located in the Omniplex, including the Kirkpatrick Science and Air Space Museum, Red Earth Indian Center, and the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, where you can experience fascinating exhibitions of some of the world’s most influential photographic artists. Separate admission is not required. Also open is the state’s first 70 mm IWERKS movie theater, the OmniDome!

State Fair Park

500 Land Rush Street

Oklahoma City, OK 73107

405-948-6700

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

The Oklahoma State Fair Park is one of the largest state fair park facilities in the country. Events held there include auto racing, rodeos, concerts, national horse shows and the annual State Fair of Oklahoma. There’s always something happening at the State Fair Park!

Water Taxi of Oklahoma

115 E. California Ave

Oklahoma City, OK 73104
405-234-TAXI (8294)

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

The water taxi is one of the state’s most unique attractions on the Bricktown Canal. Water Taxi runs a continual service like a bus and visitors can board a Water Taxi every 10-15 minutes in either direction. All Water Taxi Ambassadors narrate points of interest along the way.

White Water Bay

3908 W. Reno Ave

Oklahoma City, OK 73107

405-943-9687

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information.

Admission Charged

There are over 30 water rides, slides, pools and activities at White Water Bay. Try Cannonball Falls, a slide that fires you into the water after a six-foot drop. Brave the waves in the Wave Pool or challenge the seven story Bermuda Triangle’s three water slides. There’s a four-person Big Kahuna raft ride, and a 65-foot freefall Acapulco Cliff Dive. For a more relaxing ride, float down the lazy Castaway Creek. For the children, there’s a Kids Kove soft-play area (with room for the parents, too.)

Nearby:

Express Ranches Clydesdale Center

12701 W. Wilshire Blvd

Yukon, OK 73099

Located 15 miles west of Oklahoma City

405-350-6404

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 6pm

Admission Free

The Express Ranch is home to 14 beautiful Clydesdale horses, living in style in a renovated 1936 barn. Clydesdales weigh in at over 2,000 lbs, twice what a regular horse would weigh. The teams are used to promote a number of events, including the Children’s Miracle Network of Oklahoma. Also, one can view historical exhibits in a large loft area.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Culture

Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra

428 W California, Suite 210
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Tickets: 405-842-5387

Hours: Monday through Friday from 10am-6pm

Call for concert schedule

The Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra presents a variety of classic, pop and family concerts featuring world-renowned musicians.

Ballet Oklahoma

7421 N Classen Blvd

Oklahoma City, OK 73116

405-843-9898

Ticket office hours: Mon-Fri 9am-1pm and 2-5pm

Call for schedule of performances

Admission Charged

Ballet Oklahoma features contemporary dance productions under the direction and choreography of internationally famous artists, and also provides an excellent learning environment for dance students.

Stage Center

400 W Sheridan Ave

Oklahoma City, OK 73102

405-270-4800

Call for schedule of performances

Admission Charged

Theatergoers can catch the latest performance of internationally award-winning theatrical productions at Stage Center.

Lyric Theatre

1727 NW 16th St

Oklahoma City, OK 73106

405-524-9310

Call for schedule of performances

Admission Charged

The Lyric Theatre produces classic and contemporary musicals featuring both nationally known Broadway stars and local favorites.

Canterbury Choral Society

428 W California Ave

Oklahoma City, OK 73103

405-232-7464

Call for schedule of performances

Admission Charged

Enjoy the beautiful voices of this community chorus which presents regular performances of choral music.

Oklahoma Children’s Theatre

Oklahoma State Fair Grounds

3000 Pershing Boulevard

Oklahoma City, OK 73107

405-951-0011

Hours: Box Office is open Tues-Fri 1-5pm

Call for schedule of performances

Admission Charged

The Children’s Theatre offers theatrical performances as well as children’s and teen classes. Past performances include Charlotte’s Web, The Hobbit, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Aladdin. Performance change monthly, so be sure to call for schedule.

Shakespeare In The Park

28 E Main St

Edmond, OK 73034 (13 miles from Oklahoma City)

405-340-1222

Call for schedule and location of performances. (Some productions are in Oklahoma City, others are in nearby Edmond)

Admission Charged

Experience the romance, the drama and the comedy of great literature! Past performances include Twelfth Night, Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Oklahoma Opry

404 W. Commerce

Oklahoma City, OK 73109

405-632-8322

Hours: Regular Saturday night performances at 8pm

Call for show information

Admission Charged

The Oklahoma Opry is one of the oldest country and gospel shows and has showcased performers such as Merle Haggard and Reba MacEntire.

Sports

University of Oklahoma Sooners (Football)

University of Oklahoma

Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
180 W Brooks

Norman, OK 73019

405-325-2424 or 800-456-4668

Hours of Athletics Ticket Office: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

Admission Charged

Season runs September – November

Call for game schedule and tickets

Events

February

Black Heritage Celebration

Leadership Square

211 N Robinson
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

405-843-1427

Call for exact dates and hours

Admission Free

Various artists and musicians gather for a two day showcase of quality entertainment, food and exhibits. High school and grade schools participate, and an interesting and informative display of exciting black art and historical artifacts fill the Bank of America display case throughout the month of February.

24th Annual WinterTales Storytelling Festival
Stage Center Theatre
400 West Sheridan (downtown)

Oklahoma City, OK 73101

405-270-4800

Call for exact dates and workshop/storytelling schedule

Admission Charged

WinterTales Art of Storytelling is a three day festival that offers workshops to teach people how to tell great stories and also how to incorporate storytelling into everyday life. Children 4 and older can listen to entertaining tales told by master story-tellers.

March

Oklahoma City International Auto Show

State Fair Grounds

Oklahoma City, OK 73101

405-524-2626.

Call for exact dates and hours

Admission Charged, Children 6 and under are free

Visitors will enjoy four buildings full of the latest models including 36 NEW Line-makes of cars, trucks, mini-vans, and sports-utility vehicles, as well as the futuristic concept cars. The Classic Cars of the 40’s & 50’s are also on display

April

Festival of the Arts

Myriad Botanical Gardens

301 W Reno Ave

Oklahoma City, OK 73102

405-270-4848

Call for exact dates and hours

Admission Free

Featuring over 100 visual artists, the 6 day festival is one of the top fine arts festivals in the nation and draws over 700,000 people. There are performing arts stages as well as food booths and hands-on art activities for children.

Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

Starting line is at the Oklahoma City National Memorial

620 N Harvey Ave

Oklahoma City, OK

405-235-3313 or 1-888-452-HOPE

Call for exact date and time

Fee Charged

Participants must be 16 years of age or older on race day

The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is a Boston qualifying USATF sanctioned event on a certified (OK-03019-BB) 26.2 mile single loop course. Participants have the opportunity to register for the full marathon, a half marathon, a relay marathon or a memorial walk. Also, there is a Kid’s Marathon for young athletes ages 11 & under (including physically and mentally challenged athletes) who have logged 25 miles run in 1 mile increments. All children will run the final 1.2 miles on race day and receive a special finisher’s medal. Come out and cheer the hard work of all the participants!

The Medieval Fair

Reaves Park
1700 Asp
Norman, OK 73072-6400 (Norman is 17 miles south of Oklahoma City on Interstate 35)

1-800-767-7260 or 405-366-8095

Call for exact dates and times

Admission Free

The Medieval Fair is a three day event filled with jugglers, jousting tournaments, belly dancers, elephant, camel and pony rides, tests of strength as well as having well over 100 arts and crafts booths.

May

Memorial Day Ceremony

45th Infantry Division Museum

2145 NE 36th St

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

405-424-5313

Hours: Call for exact date and time

Admission Free

This event pays tribute to the men and women who serve or have served in the Armed Forces and honors those who have paid the ultimate price in service to their country. Ceremony highlights include a helicopter flyover, massing the colors, patriotic music and distinguished guest speakers.

Irish Arts Oklahoma Feis

Trinity School Gym

1120 E Hefner Rd

Oklahoma City, OK

405-528-0239

Call for exact date and time

Admission Free

This uniquely Gaelic event is the only one of its kind in Oklahoma. In beautiful embroidered costumes, young Irish step dancers compete for medals in various traditional Irish dance categories.

Paseo Arts Festival

Paseo Arts District
3000 N. Lee
Oklahoma City, OK. 73103

405-525-2688

Call for exact dates and hours

Admission Free
Held in the historic Paseo district, this little Spanish village is the home of Oklahoma City’s artist community. During this annual Memorial Day event, the streets are filled with 75 artist tents, a free children’s area and two stages of live entertainment.

Festa Rio

Myriad Gardens

Oklahoma City, OK 73102

405-752-5746

Call for exact dates and hours

Admission Free

Festa Rio is a Brazilian cultural festival celebrating Oklahoma City’s sister city relationship with Rio de Janeiro. Attractions will include Brazilian food, arts, crafts, sports and entertainment.

Summer

June

Juneteenth Bar-B-Que Cookoff

Metro Tech Center

1900 Springlake Dr

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

405-528-2342

Call for exact dates and hours

Admission Free

Contestants from across the state will compete for the title of “Master of the Pit” while other activities include live entertainment, arts, crafts, children’s games, table tournaments for adults, and more than 50 vendors offering cultural products, food and art.

Charlie Christian International Jazz Festival

1 Remington Pl

Oklahoma City, OK 73105

405-524-3800

Call for exact dates and hours

Admission Free
This two day outdoor festival celebrates the musical contributions of jazz guitar legend, Charlie Christian, who grew up in Oklahoma City. The event features continuous music on two stages, arts & crafts, a children’s cultural tent, great food and a free health fair.

Summer Twilight Concerts

Water Stage, Myriad Botanical Gardens

301 W Reno

Oklahoma City, OK 73102

405-270-4848

Hours: Every Sunday evening during the summer, 6:30-8:30pm

Call for concert schedule and exact location (changes monthly)

Admission Free

A variety of music is featured at the Sunday evening concerts, ranging from top 40’s Dance music to blues and jazz, Americana and patriotic, rock, country and salsa. Families and picnics are encouraged.

September

Oklahoma State Fair

State Fair Arena

333 Gordon Cooper Boulevard

Oklahoma City, OK 73107

405-948-6704

Call for exact dates and hours (usually runs for 11 days)

Admission Charged

This gigantic state fair offers everything from family entertainment and educational exhibits to exciting competitions! From auto racing, truck pulls and rodeo riding to live concerts, band competitions, and “Disney on Ice”, there is always something to do or see at the fair. More than 100 rides, games and attractions are featured on the Oklahoma State Fair’s carnival midway!

Arts Festival Oklahoma

Oklahoma City Community College

7777 S May Ave

Oklahoma City, OK 73159

405-682-7536

Call for exact dates and times, usually held the first weekend of September

Admission Free; Charge for parking

Five huge tents of fine art, crafts, children’s activities, culinary specialties, continuous live entertainment, and the Philharmonic with fireworks!

October

Haunt the Zoo for Halloween

Oklahoma City Zoo

2101 NE 50th St.

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

405-424-3344

Call for exact dates and hours

Admission Charged

Celebrating more than 15 years of Haunt the Zoo and one of the most spook-tacular events in town, the tradition continues with six nights of trick-or-treating fun.

FrightFest

Frontier City Theme Park

11501 N I 35 Service Rd

Oklahoma City, OK 73131

405-478-2412

Hours: Usually held Fri 6pm-midnight, Sat 10:30am-midnight, Sun noon-10pm

Call for exact dates

Admission Charged

Visitors will have a hauntingly fun time at this annual Halloween bash. Scream your head off on your favorite thrill rides or at one of the many frightening attractions that fill the entire park. Brave the spooktacular Haunted House, and endure the wicked taunts of circus clowns gone mad, a fog-shrouded mausoleum of the dead and terrifying jungle snakes. Little goblins can skip their way around the Trick-or-Treat trail collecting yummy goodies.

Octoberfest

Frontier City Theme Park

11501 N I 35 Service Rd

Oklahoma City, OK 73131

405-478-2412

Call for exact dates and hours

Admission Charged
Enjoy all the thrills of Frontier City’s rides, shows and attractions combined with German food and lots of beer. The entire park is magically transformed into a festive, Bavarian celebration with singing, dancing and fun for the entire family. German bands will perform every Fri-Sun throughout the event.

Fall Festival

OSU-OKC Campus

John E. Kirkpatrick Horticulture Center

400 N Portland Ave

Oklahoma City, OK

405-945-3358

Hours: 8am-1pm

Call for exact date

Admission Free
Activities at the Fall Festival feature Oklahoma grown produce and Made in Oklahoma products, cooking demonstrations, door prizes and a vendor costume contest, along with a Tree Fest with representatives from the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry offering conservation tips and free trees.

November

OG & E Garden Lights

Myriad Botanical Gardens

301 W Reno

Oklahoma City, OK 73102

405-297-3995

Call for exact dates and hours

Admission Charged, (The Crystal Bridge offers free admission every Sunday during the holiday season. Call for additional information)
The Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge are dressed to the nines as thousands of holiday lights illuminate everything from sidewalks to palm trees.

December

A Night Before Christmas Holiday Open House

National Cowboy Museum

1700 N.E. 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111

405-278-2250

The museum’s turn-of-the-century Western town, Prosperity Junction, comes alive with historical characters, a school house cakewalk and choirs singing traditional Christmas music.

Opening Night (December 31)

Downtown

119 N Robinson

Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Hours: 7:00pm to Midnight

Call for exact date and hours

Admission Charged

Family fun and fireworks come alive in this enormous New Year’s Eve celebration.