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12 Fun Things to Do in Oklahoma City

Welcome to Oklahoma City, USA, nestled in America’s heartland. Known for its cowboy culture and capitol complex, Oklahoma City offers a blend of contemporary urban culture and traditional Southern charm. Whether you're an art aficionado, a history buff, or a nature lover, the city provides an array of attractions for the whole family. Read on to discover 12 must-visit spots in downtown Oklahoma City and the surrounding area that contribute to its unique character and vibrant spirit.
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1. Paseo Arts District
Experience the vibrant and creative energy of the historic Paseo Arts District, where a diverse community of artists and unique galleries thrive. Explore the charming boutiques, relish in delectable dining options, and indulge in captivating entertainment venues that contribute to the district's eclectic charm. (Look out for murals here and throughout OKC, one of the best cities for street art!)
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2. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Take a day trip (ride along Route 66 to get there!) to the Wild West. This treasure trove of American West and Western art galleries offers glimpses into heritages that spans centuries.
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3. Bricktown Entertainment District
Discover the lively and thriving Bricktown district, within walking distance of the Oklahoma River and renowned for its restaurants, shops, and nightlife. Stroll along Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark or the charming Bricktown Canal, where Bricktown water taxis add a touch of unique charm to the neighborhood.
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4. Science Museum Oklahoma
Embark on an interactive learning adventure at the Science Museum, where a plethora of exhibits await. From the wonders of space and aviation to the intricacies of health and biology, this museum offers an ideal experience for both young and old alike.
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5. Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory at Myriad Botanical Garden
Escape to the tranquil getaway nestled in the heart of the city at the 13000 square foot Myriad Botanical Garden. Explore the diverse plant species native to Asia, visit the tropical conservatory, and let the kids splash around in the delightful summer splash park.
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6. Oklahoma State Capitol
Behold the architectural marvel that is the beautiful State Capitol building of Oklahoma. Delve into the state's political history and marvel at the stunning design on a guided tour that will leave you in awe.
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7. Paycom Center
Get ready for an unforgettable experience at the Paycom Center, the ultimate destination for thrilling NBA games and exhilarating live concerts. This modern, multi-purpose arena proudly serves as the home of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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8. Oklahoma City Zoo
Wildlife enthusiasts of all ages will be captivated by the wonders of the Oklahoma City Zoo. With over 500 species, including exotic habitats, a botanical garden, and a dedicated children's zoo, it promises a day filled with excitement and joy for the entire family.
design center
Visiting a new city fuels the imagination, and here, we found one way to channel all that creativity. We’re talking about the Design Center at Living Spaces Oklahoma City, your hub for expert interior designers waiting to guide you through a home redecorating project, reupholstery project or design project. It’s all free, and conveniently located just minutes from downtown.
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10. Kids Spaces
Kids will be just as excited for furniture shopping as you — thanks to an indoor, supervised gymnasium that will have them bouncing off the walls (in a good way). With obstacles to climb on and tunnel through, this is one destination that’ll give you a much-needed rest and them a chance to let loose.
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11. Revive Sleep Center
What is travel, if you’re too tired to enjoy any of it? Getting the rest you need doesn’t actually start at home — it starts at Revive. Here, you’ll be paired with a Sleep Expert who will test your sleeping style and comfort preferences to match you up with the best possible mattress type. Like the Design Center, it’s free to use, and you just may find sleeping tips and products to change your life.
12. Living Spaces Cafe
The Living Spaces Cafe adds tastebud excitement to the mix of home furnishings, mattresses and kids’ gymnasiums. Try a fresh pastry, cheesy pizza or refreshing coffee while you mellow down from a day of shopping. The perfect (and only) cafe for lovers of all things interior design and decorating.
More Things to Do in Oklahoma City

The Civic Center Music Hall, a must-see performing arts center first built in 1937, offers live music programs and theater experiences in a historical setting. At the Boathouse District in downtown OKC, you’ll find Riversport, offering nature’s rollercoasters: whitewater rafting, ziplining and kayaking! Or, visit the Oklahoma History Center in the heart of the city if you’re more in the mood for hands-on learning about the state’s Native Americans (as a frontier city, OKC has a storied history, told in part through the Museum’s American Indian Records).

If museums are more your beat, OKC has got the lot of them. Oklahoma City Museum of Art showcases European and American art (the Dale Chihuly exhibit alone is worth the trip). The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum honors and remembers the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

Speaking of frontiers, check out Frontier City theme park, a destination for thrilling rides and a Wild West-themed water park, located just west of Monarch Highway. (There’s also a Hurricane Harbor located nearby for even more watery fun.) East of Hurricane Harbor, the Scissortail Park showcases family fun around every corner: here, you can find swimming, pickle ball and more. If you’re west of downtown check out the Oklahoma National Stockyards, where you’ll find the largest stockers and feeders. Finally, being in the heart of the Midwest, OKC is rooted in the art of a good steak — be sure to visit any one of the many and outstanding steakhouses in the area, before or after taking in the infamously sweeping Oklahoma City skyline!

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