What to do in Oklahoma City, OK

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Oklahoma City Attractions

The Midwest is more than flat terrain and cold winter temperatures, and Oklahoma City is here to prove just that. This Oklahoma destination is proud to offer sports, art, awesome cuisine, and lots of family-friendly activities. If you’re interested in an adventure in the Heartland, OKC is an excellent venue for it. Attractions in Oklahoma City range from the historic to the chic, and everything in between. Whether you’re on a family road trip or flying in for a long weekend, Oklahoma City aims to impress.

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What to do in Oklahoma City

Free Things to Do in Oklahoma City

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Red Earth Museum - Young or not so young, this gallery will excite your imagination and grab your attention.

Skydance Pedestrian Bridge - Architecture buff or not, get set to be impressed by this landmark's modern design.

Union Station - Pay a visit to this historic site and learn a little about the cultural heritage of the area.

Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism - Widely known among the locals, this place is worth checking out.

Saint Pauls Episcopal Cathedral - Spend some time in prayer or meditation at this peaceful place of worship.

Highley Park - If you enjoy digging around the garden, this place will excite your green thumb.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City is a melting pot of art, culture, and lots of good food. Each neighborhood in this Midwest city brings something different to the table, and every district welcomes visitors and locals alike to explore and fall in love with what is has to offer.

Downtown — Downtown Oklahoma City lives up to the expectations you would set for the center of the city. Its districts include Bricktown on the lower east side, where you can enjoy tons of live music and attractions like the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. If you’re look for the most things to do in Oklahoma City per capita, downtown may be the ticket.

Uptown — Uptown Oklahoma City is also considered the historic district. In addition to the farmers market, this part of town also proudly hosts a variety of small businesses, such as independent boutiques. It’s also here that you will find the Historic Tower Theater.

Midtown — Midtown is just north of downtown, and it definitely competes in the food and entertainment departments. The area is growing constantly, but you will still find lots of vintage shops and other eclectic businesses around.

Things to See in Oklahoma City

Before you hit the town with your sneakers or dancing shoes, stop and smell the roses. The Myriad Botanical Gardens in OKC offers 15 acres of manicured public space, and you’re welcome to bring your camera and even your off-leash dog. Things to see in Oklahoma City also include the architecture of places such as St. Joseph Old Cathedral and the Overholser Mansion. When you’re ready to be entertained, some of the top things to do in Oklahoma City, OK happen on stage. Sit back, relax, and watch a rousing one-man show or a fun musical at venues like the Civic Center Music Hall and Riverwind Casino Showplace Theatre.

Sightseeing in Oklahoma City

If you’re into the history of the city, fun things to do in Oklahoma City won’t leave you hanging. Visit the State Capitol and governor’s mansion for a quick peek into state government. You can also spend a day walking the Oklahoma City Zoo and learning more about elephants, gorillas, and other creatures from around the globe. Meander through the Paseo Arts District to catch a local festival or take an art class while you’re in town. After you explore your creative side, head to the Chesapeake Energy Arena to cheer on the Oklahoma City Thunder® NBA team.

Things to Do in Oklahoma City with Kids

There are loads of fun activities to do with the kids in and around Oklahoma City. Keep everyone happy with our family friendly experiences.


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Frequently asked questions

What should I not miss in Oklahoma City?
You’ll want to put these attractions at the top of your must-see list to get the most out of your visit:

  • Chesapeake Energy Arena
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma City Zoo
  • Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

Are there cheap things to do in Oklahoma City?
What can you do in Oklahoma City for free?
You’ll hardly have time to grab your wallet out of your pocket with so many incredible free attractions:

  • University of Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma State Capitol
  • Riverwind Casino
  • Quail Springs Mall

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