Oklahoma Attractions

Places to visit, points of interest and top things to see in Oklahoma

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The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, located in Oklahoma City in the state of Oklahoma, is a 30,000 foot interactive memorial and museum that was established to commemorate the hundreds of people that died and survived in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City back in April 19, 1995. Dedicated by President George W. Bush in 2001, the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum now serves as a startling reminder of the horrors that occurred in that dark April day in the hopes of educating locals and tourists alike of the impact of violence and the scars the bombing had left in the lives of the family members the victims have left behind.

Today, the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum serves also to be a source of inspiration with the different exhibits featuring the lives of the survivors and how they had been able to cope with the effects of the bombing had in their lives. Each year, thousands of visitors from all parts of Oklahoma and other parts of the world visit the memorial and museum to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives... read more arrow
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The Tulsa Zoo is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, near the Tulsa International Airport. It is open year-round from 9am to 5pm. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Discounts are available for school and tour groups.

The Tulsa Zoo is operated by the Tulsa Parks Department and owned by the city of Tulsa. It housed on 84 acres of land and currently displays over 2,800 animals. The zoo gets approximately 600,000 visitors a year.

Within the Tulsa Zoo is possible to see animals from North and South America, Africa, Asia, and the ocean. Within these exhibits the keepers of the Tulsa Zoo have strived to recreate the natural environment of the animals they exhibit. In some cases, indigenous human habitation is also displayed. For example, in the African area you can see a traditional Maasi village. Some of the most popular animals at the Tulsa Zoo are the big cats, sea lions, monkeys, and Asian elephants... read more arrow
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White Water Bay is a water park near Oklahoma City, just off I-40. It located near many lodging, eating, and shopping options. Best Western Saddleback Inn even offers a Stay and Play package that features tickets to White Water Bay. Daily tickets are $22 for adults and $18 for children if you book online. Season passes and group tickets are also available.

White Water Bay is Oklahoma's top water park. It has a number of slide rides, raft rides, and family-oriented rides from which to choose. Some of the slide rides are Mega-Wedgie, a 6 story tall ride; Pirate's Plunge, a flume slide with a dark tunnel; and Acapulco Cliff Dive, a free fall ride. The raft rides are Keelhaul Falls which pushes you through drops and slides on a four person raft and the Big Kahuna, a flume ride for four. The family-oriented rides are a little tamer but just as fun: Kid's Kove and Ship Wreck Island are kid-friendly interactive play areas and Castaway Creek lets you float down a slow-moving river and enjoy the sun... read more arrow
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The Oklahoma Aquarium is located in Jenks, a suburb approximately 14 miles south of Tulsa in east-central Oklahoma. Visitors are welcome to stay at the Holiday Inn and Suites that has recently opened adjacent to the aquarium. It is open daily from 10am to 6pm and later on Tuesdays. Admission is $14 for adults and $10 for children. School and tour groups can receive additional discounts.

The Oklahoma Aquarium was conceptualized in 1984, and finally opened to the public in May of 2003. It is dedicated to "conservation through education." The aquarium is a non-profit operated by the Oklahoma Aquarium Foundation and the Jenks Aquarium Authority.

In the Oklahoma Aquarium you will find over 200 exhibits teeming with salt and freshwater aquatic species, as well as some mammals. Exhibits are divided thematically. The main exhibit areas are: Biodiversity, Adaptation, Fishes of Oklahoma, Hayes Family Ozark Stream, Oceans Room and Coral Reef, Ray and Robin Siegfried Families Shark Adventure, and Marvels and Mysteries... read more arrow
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The Five Civilized Tribes Museum is located in Muskogee, Oklahoma, about 50 miles southeast of Tulsa. It is best reached by following the Muskogee Turnpike to State Highway 62. The museum is open year round, Monday through Saturday.

The Five Civilized Tribes Museum is housed in the Union Indian Agency Building. Before is opening in 1966, the building served as a liaison point between the US government and the Creek nation. It was later used as an orphanage.

Today, the Union Indian Agency Building's primary purpose to is showcase art and artifacts created by past and present members of the five civilized tribes: Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek), and Seminole. All of these tribes had their ancestral grounds in the southeastern United States; they were forcibly relocated to what is now Oklahoma in the early 1800's. Many of them traveled on what has come to be known as the Trail of Tears... read more arrow
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Established in 1958 as the Oklahoma Science and Arts Foundation, the Science Museum Oklahoma, has sought to improve the level of appreciation of science which would, in turn, increase both the cultural and educational standards in Oklahoma City. Situated in downtown Oklahoma City in Oklahoma, the Science Museum Oklahoma is a favorite destination for families visiting the city for vacation. With so much to do and so many things to see in the Science Museum Oklahoma, you and your family will always find something new to see here.

One of the all-time favorites of children visiting the Science Museum Oklahoma with their families is the Bright Night events held at the museum after the sun goes down. Children can get to enjoy learning science through a host of different fun filled activities ranging from creating green monster slime and creepy fogs to cracking a case just like the detectives do on television and building rocket ships and launching them at designated areas of the museum.

The Science Museum Oklahoma also has a number of different exhibits that children, and adults, can interact and take part of... read more arrow
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Situated near Vinita in northeast Oklahoma, the Pensacola Dam is the first hydroelectric facility ever constructed in the state of Oklahoma. The Pensacola Dam is currently operated by the Grand River Dam Authority and currently serves as a reliable source of abundant energy used to power up the entire state. Built between 1938 and 1940, the Pensacola Dam was constructed through the help of the numerous laborers that were in dire need of employment during the Great Depression. In order to further increase the reliability and power output provided by the Pensacola Dam to the entire state of Oklahoma, renovations and upgrades began to be underway in the year 1997.

The Pensacola Dam has also become a favorite destination by locals and tourists who are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city life and be able to enjoy a fun-filled weekend surrounded by nature. The Grand Lake area behind the Pensacola Dam features a wide range of museums and attractions you and your family are sure to enjoy... read more arrow
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Situated in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Gilcrease Museum is recognized as one of the premiere facilities for the preservation and study of the art and history of America. Each year, the museum is host to thousands of locals and tourists alike who would want to capture a glimpse into the rich historical and cultural heritage of this country. Apart from being home to the largest and most comprehensive collection of artifacts, artworks and relics of the American Midwest, the Gilcrease Museum is also home to a number of unique collections of historical documents, maps and native American artifacts and relics that remains unparalleled anywhere else in the United States.

Daily public tours are made available to visitors of the Gilcrease Museum. You have the option to join a group tour headed by an in-house guide to take you through the most notable collections and exhibits in the museum. One of the most popular guide tours offered in the museum is the Enduring Spirit guided tour... read more arrow
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Situated along West Reno in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the Myriad Botanical Gardens is paradise right in the heart of the city. More than 1,000 different plant species from all over the world are housed in the gardens. Each year, hundreds of visitors flock to these Botanical Gardens whether it is to temporarily escape the hustle ad bustle of the metropolis or to simply spend a few quiet and relaxing hours with that special someone. The scenery within the botanical gardens is extremely intoxicating and very romantic that it has become one of the most popular wedding venues in the entire state of Oklahoma.

To ensure that each of the different plant species planted in the Myriad Botanical Gardens are given the right conditions to thrive, the botanical gardens is divided into two different sections. The Tropical Forest Zone, which is also known as Wet Mountain, is located on the southern end of the gardens and features some of the most exotic plants from the Amazon, Central Africa, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific Islands... read more arrow
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Located in between Hefner Road and Northeast 122nd Street Northeast of Oklahoma City is Frontier City, the only amusement theme park in the entire state of Oklahoma. First opened to the general public back in 1958, Frontier City is the largest seasonal attraction in the entire state. Since its opening, Frontier City has been visited by millions of locals and tourists alike. The amusement park is currently owned and operated by PARC Management, LLC which is the leader in entertainment management and the same owner of the Six Flags Amusement Park chain.

Frontier City has numerous rides and attractions that are sure to be enjoyed by visitors of all ages. There are literally hundreds of different rides to choose from, ranging from thrill rides for that sudden burst of adrenaline rush to family and kid rides which can be enjoyed by the entire family. Some of the most popular rides in the amusement park include the Steel Lasso which was opened to the general public in 2008, and the only suspended roller coaster ride in the entire state of Oklahoma, and the Silver Bullet which is the first wooden roller coaster ever established on the amusement park back in 1986... read more arrow
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The Cherokee Heritage Center is a four-acre wooded region located in Park Hill, near the city of Tahlequah in the state of Oklahoma, which has also been regarded as "The Seat of the Cherokee Nation."

This non-profit museum and educational center was established by a group of Cherokee Indian visionaries to help in the preservation, promotion and education of the rich culture and historical heritage of the Cherokee Indian tribe, one of the dominant Native American tribes still in existence in the United States today. The Cherokee Heritage Center includes an Ancient Village, which was established in 1967. The Ancient Village is home to a number of different Cherokee Indian families who continue to live the same way that their ancestors have been living for centuries. Visitors to the Cherokee Heritage Center are able to get up close and personal in learning about the daily life and activities of the Cherokee Indian tribe as they are treated to take a glimpse into Cherokee craft making such as basket weaving and flint knapping... read more arrow
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The E.W. Marland Mansion and Estate is located in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Ponca City is approximately 90 miles south of Wichita, Kansas, and 100 miles northwest of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The mansion and grounds are open for guided and self-guided tours year round. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Tour and school groups are also welcomed.

The Marland Mansion was built by E.W. Marland's oil money, starting in 1925. It was designed by architect John Duncan Forsyth and took three years to complete. The Marland's retained ownership of the property until Mr. Marland's death in 1941. It was then owned by Carmelite monks and next the Sisters of St. Felix. In 1975, it was sold to Ponca City.

The mansion is 43,561 square feet and has 55 rooms spread over four floors... read more arrow
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Situated right in Oklahoma City in Oklahoma, the Oklahoma City Zoo is a living museum and botanical garden which was primarily established in order to protect rare and endangered plant and animal species found in the United States and other parts of the world. The zoo has been recognized as one of the premiere zoological and botanical gardens in the world, giving locals and tourists alike the opportunity to mix educational and recreational opportunities in order to learn more about the different plant and animal species that have made the zoo their home and develop a concern for their preservation.

One of the most popular parts of the Oklahoma City Zoo among locals and tourists alike is the zoo's Butterfly Garden. Located west of the Noble Aquatic Center of the zoo, this 20,000 foot exhibit area is home to more than 15,000 different plant and butterfly species that are native not just in the United States but in other parts of the world. Visitors are captivated as they enter the garden as butterflies of different shapes and colors fly about, with some nestling on their shoulders, hands and hair... read more arrow
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The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum was founded back in 1955 and is currently the premiere institution where travelers from all over the world will learn about the rich tradition, culture and art of the West. Each year, millions of locals and tourist alike visit the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum to get a better understanding of the Wild West culture, which is a cornerstone of the American culture that the United States takes pride in.

The museum is home to a variety of different artworks by some of the most notable artists in contemporary and classic Western art, including Frederic Remington and Charles Russell. In the exhibition wing, visitors to the museum are treated to interactive galleries focusing on the American Wild West, firearms that were developed and created during the Victorian era, and Native American culture. One of the most popular collections housed in the museum is the William S. and Ann Atherton Art of the American West gallery... read more arrow
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Oklahoma City Bricktown is located right in the heart of the Oklahoma City and is considered as the premiere Entertainment District in the state of Oklahoma. Once a warehouse neighborhood inhabited by blue collar employees and factories, the Oklahoma City Bricktown today is a vibrant display of shopping centers, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and sporting facilities. Indeed, Oklahoma City's Bricktown is perhaps the most happening place you would ever visit in the state of Oklahoma.

The best way to enjoy Oklahoma City's Bricktown is by foot. There are a number of different guided walking tours that would allow you to discover much of Oklahoma City's Bricktown. This is a definite must if you are visiting the district for the first time. The walking tours would take you through some of the most popular spots in the district which you may want to explore further at a later time. For something a bit more relaxing, take a taxi ride down the canal... read more arrow

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