Oklahoma City may not come up often in conversations about trips and getaways. The place is famous for its iconic highway that goes on for over 400 miles, but that’s not the only place worth your while. Read on to learn about the best things to do in Oklahoma. For sure, these will beckon you to return.
1. Get Trippy at ‘Mix-Tape’ at the Womb
Enjoy a handcrafted and immersive art experience in a 6,000 square feet space sure to give you happiness for days to come! You’ll see touchable art, and have fun with interactive games, music, and dance. The best thing about this place is that the majority of the mixtape experience is ADA wheelchair compliant. People with vision or hearing loss and those with autism will also enjoy visiting since the immersive place is intentionally and carefully designed for them as well.
Single Entry Tickets
- $15 for Adults
- $12 for Children 4-12 years old
- FREE for kids 3 and under
2. Bring out Your Inner Superhero Fanatic at the Toy and Action Figure Museum
Be pleasantly surprised with the wide variety of action figures on display at the Toy and Action Figure Museum! In 2000, local citizens got together for “VISION 2010” to discuss the goals they would like the community to attain in the next ten years. The community members aimed to make Pauls Valley a destination city. With the help of local artist, toy designer and collector Kevin Stark, the world’ s first museum devoted to the art and sculpting of action figures was born! The kids and kids at heart will surely enjoy exploring old figures, cult classics, as well as the newest action figures.
3. Pose for a Photo With Pops as the Backdrop
What is it about Pops and why is visiting it one of the best things to do in Oklahoma? Well, for one, you can’t find the world’s largest pop bottle and store just about anywhere.
Why do visitors love this place?
- It’s conveniently located off Route 66 in Arcadia.
- It is home to the world’s largest bottle of pop (Bubbles), a 66-foot-tall color-shifting LED sculpture-bottle.
- They have a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner; the food and service is great.
- Pops offers over 700 refrigerated varieties of soda, that come from all over the world.
4. Visit the Myriad Botanical Gardens
Sprawling greens and natural beauty are not just found in mountains, it can also be found in a botanical garden. The Myriad Botanical Garden is a 17-acre garden and interactive urban park in downtown Oklahoma City. This world-class urban park was originally a simple urban getaway, but its beauty soon found the center stage and even won the title of 2015 Best Urban Open Space, awarded by Urban Land Institute. This park has only grown more impressive over the years. Check out the must-visit attractions:
- Crystal Bridge Conservatory
- Devon Lawn and Band Shell
- Mo’s Carousel
- Children’s Garden
- Dog Park
- Prairie Garden
- Sheridan Lawn and Wave Fountain
5. Try the Warehouse Eateries at Bricktown
Bricktown is an industrial-chic spot with repurposed warehouse spaces. The place is famous for being the lively entertainment district. Here, you can find restaurants, wine bars, as well as an eclectic mix of shops. Make sure to try these warehouse eateries when you visit Bricktown:
- Pearl’s Crabtown
- Tapworks Ale House
- Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse
- Spaghetti Warehouse
6. Have Fun at Wheeler Park
Wheeler Park may be small in size, but it’s sure packed with lots of activities you should try. Walk or jog in the track, play in the basketball court, accompany your kids to the playground, sit on the benches or have a picnic. The park also has a 100-ft. high Ferris wheel that makes for either a fun ride or a romantic spot.
7. Relax at the Clauren Ridge Vineyard and Winery
Take a quick trip to a good vineyard destination by adding this unique Oklahoma winery to your itinerary. The Clauren Ridge Vineyard and Winery can give you the best-tasting experience. It’s fun and you can simply order food and relax on the lovely patio.
8. See the ‘Praying Hands’ up Close
The Praying Hands are two gigantic hands gently pressed in prayer. It is the largest bronze sculpture in the world, standing 60-feet high and weighing 30 tons. The hands were originally known as “The Healing Hands” because the sculpture was in front of Oral Roberts’ “City of Faith,” which is a medical center devoted to faith healing.
9. Join the Braums Family Farm Tour
The best things to do in Oklahoma don’t just involve roadside attractions. You can also see how the magic happens by joining the tour of Braum’s Processing Plant and Bakery at the Braum Family Farm.
Watch how ice cream, ice cream cones, milk, and cookies are made. You will also love the sweet and amazing smells during the bakery tour!
Tour Days: Monday – Friday
Tour Times: 9:00am or 11:00am
Braum’s Tour Reservation Line: 405-228-4604
Tour Information: 405-475-2495
10. Take Your Kids to Andrews Park
Andrews Park is just across the Norman Public Library. If you want your kids to have fun in a safe albeit small environment, make sure to drop by here. You can also explore the playground, amphitheater, picnic, and jogging course! Or you can check out the favorite play spots: the splash pad and the skate park.
Tip: The park is the busiest and most alive during the spring months. They host the May Fair Arts Festival and Jazz in June.
11. Discover Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame
Are you a major fan of sports? Well, this is the place to be! The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame preserves the sports heritage while building pride and promoting Oklahoma. This place recognizes the greats Oklahomans who have represented the state well in both national and international levels. See all those who were inducted in honor of their heritage, humility and athletic accomplishments. Visit Oklahoma Sports Hall of fame today.
12. Visit OKC Underground
You must be wondering, what is there to see underground? In Oklahoma, you’d see a series of tunnels and skywalks connecting a large part of the parking garages and downtown buildings. You can spend time walking the halls, drinking coffee at the cafe, eating at a Chinese restaurant and more. The Underground also has photo galleries and art installations for visitors to admire.
Operation Hours: Hours of Operation: 6 AM – 8 PM, Monday through Friday.
13. Check out the Quirky Tulsa Cave House
The Tulsa Cave House was designed as a chicken restaurant that can provide outdoor eating. It looks like a house straight out of the Flintstones with its stalactites, and round, curving walls. Legend has it that patrons would enter the restaurant’s main room and mention the secret code or password to one of the owners. If the owners accept the password, then the patron would be lead to a secret door that extends to a tunnel, then finally to a hidden chamber with plenty of alcohol.
Is there truth to this story? You should find out by getting a guided tour.
14. Step Inside the Lendonwood Gardens
This botanical treasure in Oklahoma is an eight-acre garden that features more than 1,200 different types of plants. An amazing collection of rhododendrons, daylilies, as well as dogwoods also abound.
- Adults $5, Students $3
- Free – Members and children 12 and under
Hours: Open year-round during daylight hours
15. Ride the ATV at Little Sahara State Park
Explore over 1,800 acres of small dunes ranging from 25 to 75 feet at Little Sahara State Park! You can find fellow ATV enthusiasts who are having the time of their life in the mini-desert atmosphere.
Note: Visitors can bring their own ATV or rent one from a private vendor. The cost is $10 a day for all drivers and passengers to get on the sand. Passengers under 10 years old are free.
Now that you know the best things to do in Oklahoma, what’s your first agenda?
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