The State of Oklahoma is a crossroads of sorts, where major highways that connect other regions pass through its borders to create a concoction of culture, history and fun. Oklahoma City, or OKC, is the very embodiment of this fact. Most visitors to the state’s largest city wholeheartedly conclude that OKC is, in fact, the epicenter of culture in the region. And it fulfills that role in a grand style. OKC demonstrates that Oklahoma is more than cowboys, flat prairie land, Okies, Sooners and certain meteorological phenomena called tornadoes. Art galleries, museums, a variety of shops, sports venues, thriving nightlife, great dining and big business are all reasons to visit this crossroads known best as “The Big Friendly.”
Each year, over three million people visit OKC’s Adventure District. Here, children of all ages relish their time at the Oklahoma City Zoo where they can spot exotic cat species at the Cat Forest/Lion Overlook, ogle the primates at the Great EscApe, or observe some of the 2,000 other species. At the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, also in the Adventure District, visitors can gain a better understanding of the state’s unique cowboy history and Native American heritage. After a trip here, visitors will come to understand why Oklahoma honors its Native American traditions along with its rough-and-tumble cowboy past, present and future.
The Softball Hall of Fame and Remington Park Casino are also located in the Adventure District. At the former, sightseers can catch a glimpse of the official amateur softball headquarters, as well as a museum that features stories about the best players in the sport’s history. For those who want to bet on the horses or try their luck at the city’s only casino, Remington Park is the place to be.
Located in the center of downtown OKC, Bricktown Entertainment District is another feature-packed area where the more discerning crowd goes to kick back, enjoy a few refreshments and listen to some great music. This historic area, once a crumbling industrial region, embodies the city’s current move toward urban gentrification. With a beautiful canal running right through it, visitors can cruise the area via water taxi while enjoying the sites. Bricktown is OKC’s hottest night spot. Known for its top-notch restaurants and popular bars, including the Bourbon Street Café and Maker’s Cigar and Piano House, Bricktown is the place to be for a night on the town.
For those looking for a little high-brow action, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is the place to show your art expertise. Featuring art exhibits and film showings, the museum is a true cultural gem. Artists and art fans will absolutely adore the Paseo Arts District, which runs from 28th Street and North Walker to 30th Street and North Dewey. Individuals who enjoy getting off the beaten path usually frequent the district’s galleries and quiet cafes. Visitors and locals alike spend their afternoons perusing the district’s shops and galleries, eating at its quaint restaurants and coffeehouses or shopping for sundry items.
For those who appreciate the more poignant moments of history, the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum is a unique, albeit sobering, place to get away from the average crowd. A visit here is an opportunity to honor the 168 people who died during the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in the downtown area. Ultimately, visitors leave this site understanding how small acts of courage work to overcome evil.
Revitalization efforts have made this a fantastic destination for travelers of all sorts. Without a doubt, OKC is a unique place to visit, offering a diverse menu of activities and cultural pursuits.
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