8200 W. I-40 Service Rd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73128
Phone: (405) 787-7051
Fax: (405) 787-8678
Route 66 Park sits along the beautiful Lake Overholser and its main feature is the three-story Cyrus Avery Observation Tower that overlooks the scenic lake. The park is the largest in the city's park system and it's full of fun activities for the whole family. In addition to the aforementioned tower, it has a small amphitheater, walking trails, ponds and a skate park. Don't forget to check out the historic map of the 'Mother Road' in the plaza before or after your visit, it displays the 34 landmarks from Illinois to California.
Hot, humid and sticky summer afternoons in Oklahoma are brutal and consistent. To cool off, bring the family to White Water Bay, the city's largest and most popular water park. The park is fun for all ages, where little tykes can splash around in the shallow 'Kids Kove' and the bigger kids (adults included) take the scarier rides like the 'Acapulco Cliff Dive', 'Pirates Plunge' and 'Cannonball Falls'. For those who aren't in search of thrills, a tranquil inner tube ride down the 'Lazy River' or a comfy beach chair to catch some rays are also perfect options to while away the time. The park is open seasonally; check the website for opening details and calendar.
The Will Rogers Park & Garden Center contains the Ed Lycan Conservatory, the Charles E. Sparks Rose Garden, the Margaret Annis Boys Arboretum and the Will Rogers Exhibition Center. The entire park is truly a sight to behold with its lush green fields that cover over 130 acres and tons of botanical wonders spread throughout its trails. Visitors and residents are always here on balmy summer evenings to watch the sunset or to take a leisurely stroll. For more sporty activities, the park also contains a Frisbee-golf course and it is the location for the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.
This district of town, known as Stockyards City, is home to the largest cattle market in the world. In fact, it was these stock yards that provided the impetus for the state's first major industry. Over the last century, the area had fallen into decline and decay since its inception in 1910, however today the area has been revitalized without losing its authentic 'Old-West' feel. A highlight of the stockyard is a stroll over a walkway that hovers above some of the massive beasts. The shops primarily focus on a variety of western wear, from cowboy hats and boots to Bolo ties and even spurs! It's also pretty accurate to assume that the restaurants in the district serve some of the best steaks in the Midwest, don't forget Cattlemen's Steakhouse. While this area could be considered "touristy," it remains an essential place to visit to get a true picture of 'Ol' OKC'.
Stockyards City is a historical part of town that showcases all things Western. When settlers arrived, they used the area as a cattleyard and over the decades it became dotted with packing plants throughout. Today, the cattle market still functions as one of the largest in the world. The packing warehouses are gone, most are replaced with western wear shops and great restaurants, try the popular Cattlemen's Steakhouse, the steaks are outstanding. One of the highlights for guests is the ability to saunter out over a walkway to see the bovines mooing below in the National Stockyards Exchange. If you would like to see a place that played an integral role in the city's history, come down and check out this interesting neighborhood, you might even find that perfect cowboy hat!
City dwellers consider this park to be one of their favorites and it is always bursting at the seams with people. This place has it all, there are playgrounds, picnic tables, soccer and softball fields, a golf course, and a nine-mile jogging and biking trail, it is easy to see why it's so packed. Most afternoons you can see kites or model airplanes flying high overhead and colorful sailboats cruising along Lake Hefner, which is adjacent to the park.
Wheeler Park, situated along the Oklahoma River, was the original site of the city zoo. Named after the land donor James B. Wheeler, it is a popular recreational spot among locals and visitors. This 43-acre (17-hectare) green space encompasses baseball and athletics fields, the Eggeling Stadium, playgrounds and bike trails. Unwind with a picnic on one of their cozy spots or work a sweat with a game of softball.
This museum is housed in the ornate Mid-Continent Life Insurance building and its primary goal is to inform visitors about the many contributions that Oklahomans have provided to their state and country. Some of the highlights are the 'Bust Gallery', which displays the sculptured likenesses of famous Oklahomans like Maria Tallchief, Ralph Ellison and Mickey Mantle. There is also an interactive exhibit about the Chickasaw Nation and the Chesapeake Oklahoma Theater is located inside. Additionally, the museum provides a backdrop for other events such as field trips, workshops, weddings, etc. Check website for more details and information.
Paw Park is located right by Oklahoma City's Lake Hefner and its the definitive favorite of the canine population of the city. This park has everything a dog (and its owner) could want with two different fenced in free run spaces for large and small dogs, trees, a swimming pond, water stations and even a fire hydrant. Paw Park has been repeatedly voted one of the Best Dog Parks in the United States by various reputable publications.
Overlooking the Civic Center, this downtown urban park is a hub for cultural and leisure activities. Bicentennial Park with its lovely water feature and raised stage is not only a place to gather but also a performance space and the home of the annual Starlight Supper.
April 19, 1995 was one of the darkest days in Oklahoma City's history. On that day Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was attacked by Timothy McVeigh, subsequently killing 168 people. The site contains two parts, the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial and the museum itself. Inside the museum, you will see 168 empty chairs; one for each innocent victim, 19 of which included children. The most endearing tribute, however, is the part of the fence that has been left over from the makeshift memorial that stood here for five years after the attack. Today, visitors will see letters, photos, flowers and other precious sentiments left by survivors and visitors. Also prominently featured in the memorial is the Survivor Tree, it has become a symbol of hope to the people of Oklahoma City. Admission to the outside memorial is free, but the museum charges a fee.
1n 1995, Timothy McVeigh bombed the Alfred Murrah federal building and in response to that tragic attack, the victims' families subsequently created this institute as a center for citizens to become informed about terrorist threats. Some of the sobering highlights include displays on everything from how victims deal with the outcomes of these attacks to the reasons and conflicts themselves. Another main feature at the institute is the Lawson Library. Here, visitors will find that this repository has the largest collection of homeland security information in the U.S. In order to bring attention to public safety, the institute works with over 800,000 police officers in social policy like continuing education and community relations. Through its online portal, U.S. residents themselves can become involved in law enforcement education to better protect their own communities.