Oklahoma City is sure to delight everyone with museums, parks, and a wide variety of art available. There is plenty to do on your holiday, from watching a horse show to seeing wildlife at the zoo. Visit a museum that memorialises an American tragedy or one that honours the Wild West. Children will enjoy a hands-on science experience or a class about gardening. Check out the 10 best things to do in Oklahoma City.

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    Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

    Pay your respects

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    The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum is dedicated to remembering those affected by the Oklahoma City bombings that occurred in 1995, where you can learn all about the event. The memorial itself consists of several segments, including a reflecting pool, a field of empty chairs, and a survivor's wall. In the museum, you can learn more about the people affected by this tragedy, including those who survived and those who didn't. Additional artefacts like pieces from the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building are displayed as well. You'll find this memorial just a short walk north of the Oklahoma County Courthouse city centre.

    Location: 620 N Harvey Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102 USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday from noon to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 405-235-3313

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    Oklahoma State Fairgrounds

    See a horse show

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    The Oklahoma State Fairgrounds frequently hosts horse shows of some kind, so you can see incredible performances all year long. The shows can take many forms with proper horse shows showcasing both English and Western riding styles along with rodeos. In addition to being the horse show capital of the world, you'll also find a variety of other shows, including the state fair, art expos, auto racing, and concerts. Be sure to check the calendar before you go. You'll find the fairgrounds south of Reed Park on the west side of town.

    Location: 3001 General Pershing Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73107 USA

    Open: Sunday–Friday from 10 am to 10 pm, Saturday from 10 am to midnight

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    Oklahoma City Zoo

    Explore the wild

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    Oklahoma City Zoo is a popular attraction within the city that's home to a wide variety of exotic species that you can not only see, but occasionally interact with directly. This zoo is known for its personal encounters, such as the Flamingo Mingle where you can feed these pink creatures. Alternatively, you could opt for one of the camel rides to take your visit to new heights. If you're looking for a show, you can catch sea lions performing impressive tricks during regular presentations. You can see the entire show and more when you visit the zoo in the Adventure District northeast from city centre.

    Location: 2000 Remington Pl, Oklahoma City, OK 73111 USA

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 405-424-3344

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    Oklahoma City Museum of Art

    Visit one of Oklahoma's leading arts institutions

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    The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is a comprehensive art museum with a wide range of exhibitions, both permanent and temporary highlighting America, Europe, and Asia. Amongst the permanent collection, you'll find the largest public collection of Dale Chihuly glasswork in the world. In addition to the visual art like paintings and sculptures, this museum is also home to the Samuel Roberts Noble Theatre. There, you can see some of the finest international, independent, and classic films in the world. You'll find the museum right city centre across the crossroads from Bicentennial Park.

    Location: 415 Couch Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, USA

    Open: Wednesday–Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday from noon to 5 pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)

    Phone: +1 405-236-3100

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    Myriad Botanical Gardens

    Enjoy urban green space

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    The Myriad Botanical Gardens is a 15-acre plot of protected land where you'll find a wide variety of flora amongst vibrant greenery with plenty of scenic walking paths. The Crystal Bridge Conservatory is especially impressive as it stretches over the central water feature and contains a massive array of appealing plants. In addition to the plants and greenery, you'll find an off-leash dog park here as well as splash fountains that kids can enjoy. See it all for yourself in the heart of city centre, just a few blocks west from Bricktown.

    Location: 301 W Reno Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 405-445-7080

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    Science Museum Oklahoma

    Feed your curiosity

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    The Science Museum Oklahoma makes it easy for visitors to channel their childlike sense of wonder as 8 acres of space are dedicated to showcasing fascinating scientific pursuits. If you're interested in exploring the stars, you can head to the Kirkpatrick Planetarium where you can learn all about the Milky Way and the billions of stars and galaxies that lie beyond. The Science Live section of the museum hosts live experiments where you can see the reactions of chemical combinations with explosive results. You'll find this museum on the south side of the Adventure District by Northeast Lake.

    Location: 2020 Remington Pl, Oklahoma City, OK 73111, USA

    Open: Monday–Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 405-602-6664

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    Will Rogers Park

    Explore a historic park

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    Will Rogers Park is a historic park dating back to the early 20th century that offers outdoor fun for all ages with walking paths, a conservatory, and an arboretum. The conservatory is particularly interesting as it hosts a population of cacti and succulents you wouldn't normally expect to find in Oklahoma City. If you want your trip to the park to be a bit more educational, you can attend one of the local classes that can teach you all about the local flora and even how to maintain a garden of your own. You'll find this park just east of the Skyline district to the northwest of city centre.

    Location: 3400 NW 36th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73112, USA

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 5 pm

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    American Banjo Museum

    Explore the history of the banjo

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    The American Banjo Museum is a world-class facility that showcases the rich and vibrant history of one of the most iconic instruments in Oklahoma and America as a whole. Within this museum, you'll find more than 400 instruments as well as recordings, printed music, and memorabilia related to the instrument. Inside this museum, the collection of banjos on display is the largest in the world, and it includes replicas of primitive banjos and Minstrel Age banjos from the 19th century. You can see it all when you visit the museum in northwestern Bricktown.

    Location: 9 E Sheridan Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm, Sunday from noon to 5 pm (closed on Monday)

    Phone: +1 405-604-2793

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    Factory Obscura Mix-Tape

    Immerse yourself in local art

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    Factory Obscura Mix-Tape is one of the crowning jewels of the local arts scene offering a 6,000 square foot interactive exhibit based around the emotional ties to mixtapes. This art installation intends to capture the form of expression that happens when creating a mixtape by implementing a colour wheel of creation you can walk through. While adults and kids alike can certainly enjoy the meaning behind the works here, the sheer spectacle of it all is sure to impress. You'll find parts decorated like an underwater cave and other bits sporting a glitter floor. This arts venue is located just east of Midtown.

    Location: 25 NW 9th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73102 USA

    Open: Wednesday–Thursday from 11 am to 7 pm, Friday–Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm, (Closed on Sunday and Monday)

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    National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

    Experience the Wild West

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    The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum hosts a massive collection of Western art and artefacts with more than 28,000 items on display from cowboys and natives. The collections are intent on preserving the American West with its permanent collection featuring documents and art from the era along with saddlery and barbed wire. One of the more interesting aspects of this museum is the Hall of Great Westerners that highlights central figures who lived during this fascinating era. You can see it all for yourself on the southern edge of Persimmon Hill on the north side of town.

    Location: 1700 NE 63rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73111, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday from noon to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 405-478-2250

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