Summer is on the doorstep, and as always, there’s a lot to do and see in OC. Our list begins with the Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma, a public space covering 15 acres. It features splash fountains, a children’s park, an off-leash dog park and lots of paths to run or walk along. Many couples choose to get married at the Crystal Bridge Conservatory, while the bandstand frequently hosts interesting concerts.
The Gardens also feature classes for kids and adults throughout the year, include on gardening and chocolate making.
This amusement park offers over 50 rides, including several roller coasters. The Wild West is the reigning theme of the amusement park, and Wild West gunfighter stunt shows take place regularly. The most fun roller coaster is the ‘Brain Drain’, hands down. With its impressive height of seven stories, it spins visitors in a 360-degree loop before descending to the ground. Avid ride fans can avail of season tickets. There are lots of great places to eat in the park too.
The Oklahoma History Center
This monumental palace of culture took many years to finish. Today, it extends over an area of 18 acres. The focus is on history, as the name suggests, with 215,000 feet of space dedicated to the history of Oklahoma. We learned some really fascinating stuff here. Visitors can take a tour of the Red River, figuratively speaking – this quarter-mile walk replicates the Red River’s border journey.
City Zoo and Botanical Garden
Animal lovers should not miss this attraction for anything in the world. The zoo is home to more than 1,800 animals, sprawling over an area of 119 acres. The elephant habitat with its herd of huge African elephants is one of the main attractions. There are some swimming pools, an outdoor yard, a waterfall, and various buildings that offer shade to the elephants. Your young ones can explore the children’s zoo and see monkeys, goats, and flamingos up close.
The Oklahoma City Dodgers Stadium
This team plays in the minor baseball league. When they play home games, the venue is Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, and the team’s been wildly successful over the years. It has 13 division titles, 2 conference titles, and 4 league titles. The city supports the team and excitement is in the area every match day. Even non-fans of baseball enjoy it.