Things to do & places to visit in Oklahoma, United States

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With hundreds of man-made lakes, state parks, casinos, museums and nightlife and dining opportunities in revitalized downtown areas in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, there is a lot to see and do in the Sooner State. The state is dotted with phenomenal lakes where swimming, boating and bass fishing are the most desired activities. Some of the state’s most popular lakes include Broken Bow Lake located near the Quachita Mountains; Grand Lake in the northeastern corner of the state at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains and Lake Murray in the hills in the southern part of the state. While the state is known for its many outdoor activities like great fishing, golf, hiking, canoeing and boating, make sure you don’t overlook its fantastic museums. Heading the list are Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, featuring the world’s largest collection of art and artifacts from the American West; the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, which tells the story of the American Cowboy; and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, which has a permanent collection of American and European art. A venerable family favorite activity is Frontier City Amusement Park in Oklahoma City, which has dozens of rides and shows.

Oklahoma #42 destination in United States 2023. The average rating score is 4.36 based on 66.4k traveler reviews, of 1.258 attractions. Timezone: America/Chicago, current date and time: Saturday, December 09, 2023, 0:13.

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  1. 5.0 Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum (5.205 reviews) from $19.24
    - Profoundly Moving and Inspiring
    Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Points of Interest & Landmarks • Monuments & Statues • History Museums
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    The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum stands as a symbol of strength in the wake of unspeakable violence. Visit the Memorial Museum to experience the brutality of the Oklahoma City bombing, and the tenderness of the response. Share our dream of a world without violence and terrorism. Free parking with Museum admission. See more..
  2. 5.0 Philbrook Museum of Art (1.320 reviews)
    - Fantastic Christmas Light Show
    Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Art Museums
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    This vast art museum, housed in an Italian style villa, has numerous exhibits from European, American, Asian, Native American and African artists and is surrounded by acres of lush gardens. See more..
  3. 5.0 SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology (1.238 reviews)
    - One of the best museums we've visited
    Saturday: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Speciality Museums • Natural History Museums • Science Museums
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    The Museum of Osteology is "America's Only Skeleton Museum". The Museum of Osteology, located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is a unique educational experience. Focusing on the form and function of the skeletal system, this 7000 square ft. museum displays hundreds of skulls and skeletons from all corners of the world. Exhibits include adaptation, locomotion, classification and diversity of the vertebrate kingdom. See more..
  4. 5.0 Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve (642 reviews)
    - Definitely worth the drive
    Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Spent More than 3 hours Speciality Museums
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    The Frank Phillips Ranch was founded in 1925 and the Woolaroc Museum had a humble beginning four years later in 1929. The 3,700 acre wildlife preserve is home to more than 30 varieties of native and exotic animals and birds. It is a working ranch that maintains the animals for the enjoyment of our guests in a natural, protected setting. The Woolaroc Museum presents one of the world's most unique collections of Western art and artifacts; Native American pottery, baskets, beads, blankets and cultural art; historical displays; and one of the most complete collections of Colt firearms. Guests can also tour the Lodge, which was used as a place for Frank Phillips to entertain his friends and maintain business relationships. The Lodge abounds with tales of the parties, business events and wilder goings-on. Hours are Wednesday- Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm. Memorial Day - Labor Day, 10 am - 5 pm. Open Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day. Please check the website for more info. See more..
  5. 5.0 Armstrong Auditorium (620 reviews)
    - Bush, Marshal, Meyer, and Meyer
    Saturday: Spent 1-2 hours Theaters
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    The award-winning Armstrong Auditorium is home to the Armstrong International Cultural Foundation’s performing arts series, featuring a veritable who’s who of today’s brightest stars in classical, jazz and folk music, as well as theater, classical ballet, folk dance and more. Situated on the campus of Herbert W. Armstrong College, the auditorium is located 20 minutes north of downtown Oklahoma City near Bryant Avenue and Waterloo Road in north Edmond. See more..
  6. 5.0 Rugaru Adventures (405 reviews)
    - Amazing Experience!
    Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
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    Absolute kudos to Isaac and Colt as tour guides. They were so informative and helpful, taking time to explain things while making the adventure entertaining for every member in our group. We had teens up to adults and everyone had smiles on their faces the entire time. They prepare you with a safety discussion, bus you to the starting point and take you through multiple segments of zip line, working up to a breath taking line over the lake. There are break spots throughout and courtesy water to ensure you stay hydrated. Pictures are taken throughout the event to capture every moment. These two made the experience all the better with their jokes and engagement with every member of the group. Minors are allowed with waivers for bough there are limitations for weight for safety, both minimum and maximum. I absolutely would return, experience is worth it See more..
  7. 4.5 Bricktown (2.579 reviews)
    - Lots of choices close to the downtown business district
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    Bricktown, just east of Oklahoma City’s downtown business district, is the city’s original warehouse and distribution center turned entertainment district. You can go shopping, drink at a bar, dine at one of the many restaurants, and stroll along the Bricktown River Walk Park at your own pace. You can also catch a baseball game at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark or have fun on the sands of Bricktown Beach on summer days. The area is home to a plethora of public art, museums, and galleries, making it one of Oklahoma City’s most vibrant arts districts and a great attraction year-round. – Tripadvisor See more..
  8. 4.5 National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (2.320 reviews)
    - Fascinating visit.
    Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Speciality Museums • Art Museums • History Museums
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    The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is America’s premier institution of Western history, art and culture. Founded in 1955, the Museum, located in Oklahoma City, collects, preserves, and exhibits an internationally renowned collection of Western art and artifacts while sponsoring dynamic educational programs to stimulate interest in the enduring legacy of the American West. More than 10 million visitors from around the world have sought out this unique museum to gain better understanding of the West: a region and a history that permeates our national culture. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum features a superb collection of classic and contemporary Western art, including works by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, as well as sculptor James Earle Fraser’s magnificent work, The End of the Trail. The exhibition wing houses a turn-of-the-century town and interactive history galleries that focus on the American cowboy, rodeo and Native American culture. See more..
  9. 4.5 Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden (1.929 reviews)
    - If ignore the remodeling, it's a great zoo!!
    Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Spent More than 3 hours Zoos • Gardens
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    Oklahoma's premier destination connecting people and our world's vanishing wildlife and wild places. See more..
  10. 4.5 Science Museum Oklahoma (1.049 reviews)
    - Superb Hands-On Science Museum
    Saturday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Spent More than 3 hours Science Museums
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    Science Museum Oklahoma, the state's premier destination for family fun, houses more than eight acres of hands-on science experiences. Travel beyond the Milky Way in the Kirkpatrick Planetarium, experience the explosive fun of Science Live, discover where the familiar meets the fantastical in CurioCity and beyond — the museum allows your inner-child to run wild! See more..
  11. 4.5 Myriad Botanical Gardens (970 reviews)
    - We could have spent more time here but didn’t have time:(
    Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Gardens
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    Myriad Botanical Gardens is one of Oklahoma City’s most beloved public spaces, offering its visitors a 15 acre natural escape in the heart of downtown. A half-acre children’s garden, an off-leash dog park, splash fountains, and paths for walking and jogging provide guests young and old with a place to seek solitude with nature, or seek community and the company of others. The Gardens offers a variety of horticultural education programs for adults and children. The centerpiece attraction of the Gardens is the Inasmuch Foundation Crystal Bridge Conservatory. Its unique design has earned attention and praise in the architectural community. It is 224 feet long, 70 feet in diameter, and is covered by 3,028 sections of translucent, double-layered acrylic panels. After an 18-month, $11 million renovation, it reopened to the public on November 18, 2022. See more..
  12. 4.5 Oklahoma Aquarium (921 reviews)
    Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Spent 2-3 hours Aquariums
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    The Oklahoma Aquarium is the state's must-see attraction featuring amazing aquatic life in immersive exhibits. Experience the world's largest exhibit of bull sharks swimming around as you walk through our shark tunnel. Meet Seamore the loggerhead sea turtle, feed different animals, participate in our animal encounters and behind-the-scene tours, and join in more interactive opportunities throughout the aquarium! Thousands of fish, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals introduce guests to life in our oceans, rivers, lakes, and streams. Come visit the ocean in Oklahoma today, where our mission is "to educate and inspire conservation of our aquatic world through interactive discovery." See more..
  13. 4.5 BOK Center (903 reviews)
    - Beautiful, clean venue
    Arenas & Stadiums
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    BOK Center in Tulsa brings all the biggest performers to town. So thankful it’s here! The venue is always clean, and still feels new. The interior design is beautiful. They have premium food and drink options above and beyond standard concessions. A great place to catch a great show! See more..
  14. 4.5 Gilcrease Museum (874 reviews)
    - Goodbye Gilcrease Museum
    Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Gardens • Art Museums
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    This place is temporarily closed. The City of Tulsa prepares to demolish the current structure and begin construction of a new museum on the same site five minutes from downtown. The current museum structure – a collection of several aging buildings pieced together over many decades – is scheduled to be demolished later this year. Construction of a new structure that can better protect the $2 billion collection and deliver a 21st century visitor experience to Gilcrease visitors will begin in early 2022 and is expected to take 2-3 years. The world's largest collection of art from the American West is housed at this museum, which is also well stocked with Native American artifacts and artwork. Thematic gardens reflect the gardening styles of different time periods. See more..
  15. 4.5 Oklahoma City Museum of Art (769 reviews)
    - Great Visit
    Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Art Museums
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    OKCMOA is one of the leading arts institutions in the region. Kids 17 and under are always free! The Museum presents a dynamic range of exhibitions organized from prestigious museums and collections throughout the world. The Museum’s own diverse collection features highlights from North America, Europe, and Asia, with particular strengths in American art and postwar abstraction. The permanent collection also boasts one of the world’s largest public collections of Dale Chihuly glass, a major collection of photography by Brett Weston, and the definitive museum collection of works by the Washington Color painter Paul Reed. The Museum’s renowned Samuel Roberts Noble Theater screens the finest international, independent, documentary, and classic films. The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors. The Museum serves over 125,000 visitors annually from all 50 states and 30 foreign countries. See more..
  16. 4.5 Tiger Safari Zoological Park (640 reviews)
    - Amazing experience
    Saturday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Zoos
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    Tiger Safari Zoological Park offers not only 170 animals to view ,but an opportunity to get close and personal with many of our Exotic animals. Come see for yourself why visiting us is so much Family fun . Birthday Parties ,Zoo to you thats right we bring the animals to you ,and our Safari Huts for overnight stay. We have brought an authentic African Village to Oklahoma . Staying on the cutting edge of leisure getaways, the Tiger Safari Zoological Park developed the Shi-Awela Safari village, Shi-Awela meaning “a peaceful place of rest”. This secluded African safari village will include two authentic African bush huts circling a small lagoon, authentic African-style landscaping with thorn trees, and natural veldt (long grass). Inside the African Hut, you are surrounded by authentic African decor. Fireplace Air-Conditioning & Heat QUEEN size bed Accmodates up to 6 people Big Screen TV With Blu-Ray Player Refrigerator/freezer Microwave Coffee-maker See more..
  17. 4.5 Centennial Land Run Monument (554 reviews)
    - History Frozen In Time
    Monuments & Statues
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    The Oklahoma Land Run Monument contains one of the world’s largest collection of bronze statues depicting optimistic homesteaders frozen in time on their way to claim a better life on the April 22, 1889 land run. The 45 pieces were sculpted over a 20 year period and are the work of Norman artist, Paul Moore. The intricate works of art are beautifully crafted & detailed. The pieces capture the essence of the historic event. It’s a nice tribute to those people that had the courage to take a chance to wildly race to stake their claim for a new life. Well done See more..
  18. 4.5 Beavers Bend Resort Park (531 reviews)
    - Great family getaway
    State Parks
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    My family and I rented a cabin in Carsons Creek. It was easily accessible to any restaurant and lake entrance. It took 5 mins to Carsons Creek and another 10-15 mins to Stevens Gap. Since the restrictions due to COVID-19 many restaurants close early. Many do offer take out but not much dine in. You will not be bored. Many things to do...axe throwing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, jet skiing... or just taking in the beautiful views and wildlife. See more..
  19. 4.5 Chesapeake Energy Arena (525 reviews)
    - Great venue to catch a game!
    Saturday: Spent More than 3 hours Arenas & Stadiums
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    Stayed close by in Bricktown so we could walk to the arena and catch an OKC Thunder game. Had a blast! Easy to get to, prices reasonable and lots of choices. Game day atmospheres was hype! We had a blast. Great arena. See more..
  20. 4.5 Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge (520 reviews)
    - Beautiful views of rolling hills, lakes, creeks, bison, and longhorns. Mount Scott has a spectacular 360° view.
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    A federally managed praire covering more than 59,000 acres. See more..
  21. 4.5 The Pioneer Woman Mercantile (469 reviews)
    - A perfect road trip experience from California!
    Spent 1-2 hours Speciality & Gift Shops
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    My wife really wanted to visit the PW Mercantile, so on her 50th birthday, we had a road trip from California and had an overnight stopover in Flagstaff, Albuquerque, Amarillo then Pawhuska. We stayed at the Frontier Hotel because the PW Boarding House was fully booked but our room was even special because it has the view of the Mercantile Store. The next day we went early to have our breakfast and was seated by the restaurant hostess (she is unpleasant). The food was good and my wife was ready to shop but she finds it a little bit disappointing because she did not meet her expectations to be wowed. While we were shopping, a nice lady, Mona, greeted us and we had a little chat and took some photos with her. Our overall experience was still great and we did enjoy our time at the Merc, the Lodge, P-town, Charlies and Pawhuska. See more..
  22. 4.5 Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (465 reviews)
    - Night at the Museum
    Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Natural History Museums
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    My friends and I enjoyed the adult only evening at the Museum. They had trivia, a scavenger hunt, food, and painting. It was a fun time, and the 3 hours of the program went by pretty quickly. If any time you see this Museum having another event like this, I recommend you try it, especially if it's for you. See more..
  23. 4.5 Oklahoma Route 66 Museum (444 reviews)
    - Experience the Mother Road!
    Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM History Museums
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    For the ultimate Route 66 experience, visit the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum, located in Clinton OK. The museum’s galleries have recently been redesigned to offer visitors a more personal journey through the history of the nation’s most revered highway. See more..
  24. 4.5 National Route 66 Museum (416 reviews)
    - Spectacular Museum, More than Just Route 66
    Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Speciality Museums
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    This museum was astonishing. It was one of the most well done museums we have ever been too. The American memorabilia is displayed so well. The displays are amazing and so interesting. We came because we’re on a Route 66 adventure and it did not disappoint in that area but had so much more. This is a must see museum for any driving through Oklahoma on Route 66 and honestly I would recommend it anyone on Route 66 or otherwise. See more..
  25. 4.5 Moore Warren Theatre (399 reviews)
    - Screening Room
    Saturday: 11:00 AM - 11:15 PM Spent 2-3 hours Movie Theaters
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    We have been going to the Warren Theatre for years. Just reverting the Warren started allowing patrons to select the seats you want. I don't think I'll go back to general admission. The screening rooms have big, power reclining seats, with cup holders and individual tables. There is plenty of room for people to walk in front of you, as they go to their seats. I'd recommend trying the Warren; I'm almost certain that you will not go back to another theatre. See more..
  26. 4.5 Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (381 reviews)
    - Day 7 of our big trip
    Saturday: Arenas & Stadiums
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    finished dinner in Bricktown and was walking along the river walk when we heard the baseball game. We decided to take in the Game and the girl working at the ticket counter was wonderful looking for 2 seats down front. We ended up on the first row right behind the plate. The stadium was fast at ordering and the beer was cold. Too bad OKC got beat! See more..
  27. 4.5 Chickasaw Cultural Center (377 reviews)
    - Absolutely beautiful
    Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM History Museums
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    Such a beautiful place from parking lot to all the areas around it. My children and extended family had a wonderful time and learned a lot. They most exactly love the stomp dance performances. Also they love having to plant corn and more. The exhibit was neat, informative and interesting for a group of teenagers as well. See more..
  28. 4.5 Chickasaw National Recreation Area (377 reviews)
    - Best spot in Southern Oklahoma
    State Parks
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    The state's first national park. See more..
  29. 4.5 ONEOK Field (368 reviews)
    - Great ballpark in the heart of Downtown
    Saturday: Arenas & Stadiums
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    This ball park is a great place to take the family and friends. The day games are fantastic and the Drillers are usually pretty good. I am writing this during Covid so my last visit was last ball season but still you can't forget an event here. The place is first class with nice employees and not a wallet breaker. I always enjoy the games here and would suggest it to everyone. See more..
  30. 4.5 45th Infantry Division Museum (350 reviews)
    - Living History
    Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:15 PM Military Museums
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    Military museum with many items from World War II. See more..
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