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Whether planning a family vacation, a road trip with friends, or a business trip excursion, you'll find a wide variety of fun attractions and interesting things to do in Oklahoma. Think cultural museums, old west frontier sites, fast-action rodeos, national landmarks and the splendor of enjoying the rugged outdoor beauty at state parks or on the golf course. Whatever you choose, there is plenty of excitement in the Sooner State for all ages happening all year long.
When your travels bring you to central Oklahoma, the best way to get in touch with the city’s origins is to take a Western Heritage Tour. Pay a visit to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, home to one of the most comprehensive collections and artifacts of Western art in the world. From pop culture to Native American objects, historical cowboy gear, and unique shopping and dining, the museum pays homage to OKC’s true settlers. Once you’ve picked up some cowboy gear, make your way downtown to the Centennial Rodeo Opry for a real cowboy experience at the live rodeos and shows featured nightly.
Pay your respects to those who lost their lives and those who survived the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, on April 19, 1995 at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum located in downtown Oklahoma City. Tour the grounds and visit the Gallery of Honor, the Survivor Tree, the Origami Cranes, the reflecting pool, and the Field of Empty Chairs for a look at the hope and resilience of OKC.
When the sun goes down, locals and tourists know how to have a good time. The popular Bricktown Entertainment District is Oklahoma City’s hottest destination for crowd-pleasing entertainment, a vibrant nightlife and innovative dining. Once a downtown warehouse district, Bricktown, named for its brick-lined streets, is a perfect place to get lost and wander. Take in the sights from a water taxi on the winding Bricktown Canal, savor a steak dinner at Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse, and dance the night away at popular joints such as Coyote Ugly Saloon or make your way over to the dueling piano bar for karaoke classics.
The historic Fort Reno commands a visit while visiting El Reno, as it served as a military camp during the Indian Wars in 1874. Throughout the years, Fort Reno became a permanent military post and has been the site of several significant accomplishments, including the place where Amelia Earhart flew her first autogiro.
The Sooner State’s panhandle region offers scenic vistas, outdoor escapes and tons of top area attractions to pay a visit to. When in Enid, OK, take the kids to Leonardo's Children's Museum and Adventure Quest for a day of fun. Explore the three-story play castle and hands-on museum, as well as the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center showcasing the history of Red Carpet Country, from cowboys to oil barons.
Get your kicks on Route 66 and visit the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton. Get an inside peek of the history behind this iconic highway and learn all about the myths and legends that surround it. From a psychedelic-colored Volkswagen Microbus to the original neon sign from the late Capitol Motel in Oklahoma City, this museum is jam-packed with Route 66 memorabilia since the 1970’s. Say hello to the 14-ft. giant kachina doll that greets you upon arrival and check out the Hall of Fame, which celebrates those who have contributed in keeping the beloved highway alive and well.
Discover the past and pay a visit to Fort Smith National Historic Site located in near Poteau, OK. Explore life on the edge of Indian Territory through the stories of soldiers, the Trail of Tears, dangerous outlaws, and the brave lawmen that pursued them. Stroll through the jails, barracks, courtrooms, and exhibits of the historic 80 years of its establishment. Outside, visit the site of the first fort, the Commissary Building, and reconstructed gallows. Browse the Eastern National Bookstore or have a picnic under a shady tree.
Try your luck at Choctaw Casino in Durant, OK, and breathe in the oxygen pumped through the slot machine. Indulge yourself and place your bets on the best slots, table games, and poker room. Packed with savory dining options and crowd-pleasing entertainment, enjoy the nightlife, or daytime, as it is open 24-hours.
Discover Tulsa’s lively Blue Dome District for a great night out in the Sooner State. Once a 1912 Gulf gas station with an art deco blue dome, this now landmark welcomes locals and tourists with open arms. Located at 2nd & Elgin in downtown, the district is filled with tons of bars and restaurants, art galleries, shops and boutiques, live music venues, salons, comedy clubs, and even a bowling alley. Blue Dome is definitely the place to be in T-Town. One of the most photographed landmark, and the tallest freestanding statue in the US, the Golden Driller stands 76 feet tall and weighs 43,500 pounds. This iconic landmark, found at the entrance to the Tulsa Expo Square, was constructed in 1953 and represents the “Oil Capital of the World.” Designated a state monument and refurbished again in 1979, this symbol of the International Petroleum Exposition includes a dedication to the men of the petroleum industry with an inscription on the statue’s base.
For a perfect family-friendly outing in Tulsa, pay a visit to the Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum and feast your eyes on Australian kangaroos, African lions, Malayan tigers, South American jaguars and over 80 acres of wild exhibits. Take a Safari Train ride around the zoo and walk around through caves, or stop in to feed the animals at the petting zoo. Make sure to stop by the Giraffe Experience, the Helmerich Sea Lion Cove, the African penguin exhibit, and the Chimpanzee Connection before saying goodbye to your new friends.
When your travels bring you to southwest Oklahoma, check out the site of the Washita Massacre over in Cheyenne, OK. The Washita Battlefield National Historic Site pays remembrance to the surprise attack on the village of Peace Chief Black Kettle, as well as signifies the struggle that occurred to maintain control over their homelands. Walk in the footsteps of Black Kettle and Custer along two park trails and visit the Washita Native Garden, a perfect spot for a picnic. Stop in Cache, OK and visit the Quanah Parker Star House to see the home of the last Comanche chief. Built in 1890, the house is recognized by the four large white stars painted on the roof that represented the night sky.
While enjoying Lake Murray in south central Oklahoma, check out Tucker Tower on the southern edge of the lake. This 65-ft. limestone landmark offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area. The Tucker Tower Nature Center features wildlife exhibits and fossils found on premises worth exploring.
Make a sweet stop in Davis at the Bedré Fine Chocolate factory. Satisfy your cocoa cravings with exclusive handcrafted chocolates Tour the 34,000-square foot facility that includes a large manufacturing floor and gift shop to take home your favorite chocolate guilty pleasure.