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Oklahoma City: Postcard perfect | © Matthew Rutledge/Flickr
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The Top 10 Things To Do And See In Oklahoma City

Picture of Kalpana Satish
Updated: 9 February 2017
Not many tourists are familiar with the sights in Oklahoma. But the state that acts as the unsung hero actually has more to offer than meets the eye. Listed below are some of the activities that make the capitol quite the exciting spot to visit.
Oklahoma City: Postcard perfect
Oklahoma City: Postcard perfect | © Matthew Rutledge/Flickr

Watch the sunset at Lake Hefner Park

A reservoir that was constructed to help the city with its water shortages years ago, Lake Hefner has now become a recreational destination for visitors and locals alike. Of many activities, fishing has becomes a popular sport in the area. If fishing isn’t really down your alley, then you can try your hand at sailing or even grab a blanket and have a lakeside picnic with friends and family. Spanning over 2500 acres and not to far away from the heart of the city, there is plenty to do here while enjoying the outdoors.

Lake Hefner Park. Oklahoma City, OK, USA

Lake Hefner – Oklahoma
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Watch a concert at Chesapeake Energy Arena

Whether it’s concerts, basketball games or conferences, the Chesapeake Energy Arena hosts it all. This is the go-to spot for all shows that make their stop in Oklahoma City. Located downtown, this central situ makes it perfect for touring the city before catching a game or performance. Book your next concert here by going to their easily accessible website and learning more about the services they provide.

Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno Ave, Oklahoma City, OK, USA, + 1 (405) 602-870

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Visit Bricktown Entertainment District

From a warehouse district to the entertainment quarter of the city, Bricktown has all the hottest spots gathered in one place. Whether it’s restaurants, clubs, bars or shopping, everything is situated in a central location here, making navigating that much easier; so, you don’t have to be a local to have some fun. Visitors should definitely check out some of the following when venturing into this district: ballpark, 16-screen movie theater, carriages, Bricktown canal, boat rides – the list goes on!

Bricktown, Oklahoma City, OK, USA

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Immerse into the art at Oklahoma City Museum of Art

On your next visit to Oklahoma City become a part of the 130,000 people that regularly visit the city’s art museum. Exhibitions from all over the world display art from a wide variety of cultures, genres, mediums and eras. View a film at the premier cinema located within the confines of the museum or enjoy a nice view from the rooftop terrace after a tour of the museum itself – there is much to discover within walls of this space.

Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr, Oklahoma City, OK, USA, +1 (405) 236-3100

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Head on over to the stockyards

There’s no better representation of southern culture than the stockyards. Travel back to the wild, wild west and emerge into a land of cowboys, haystacks and bulls. Wander over to the side of the city that you’ve never seen before and get ready to embrace the old western culture that most people have only seen in movies. From riding horses to watching the rodeo, there’s many activities to partake in at this one.

Stockyards City Main Street, Oklahoma City, OK, USA

Gaze at the Gold Dome

The Gold Dome is definitely one of those sights that travellers to Oklahoma City will remember. With its eye-catching color and intricate geometric patterns, this structure is eye-catching to say the least. This landmark was built on Route 66 in 1958 and became one of five geodesic domes across the world. So, come on over and visit this historic structure that is aesthetically pleasing to boot.

Gold Dome, 1112 NW 23rd St, Oklahoma City, OK, USA

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Stand in awe of the OKC National Memorial

Take time out of your visit to the city to commemorate those who have sacrificed their lives for others. The National Memorial was built to offer the OKC community a spot so that everyone could remember those who fought to protect, serve and honor the nation. The design of the memorial is intriguing, and remains imprinted on the minds of all who deem to make their way here.

OKC National Memorial, 620 North Harvey Ave, Oklahoma City, OK, USA, +1(405) 235-3313

Who doesn’t love a day at the zoo? A family outing is always much more fun when sharing it with a few exotic animals. Well, few may be an understatement because, with around 1,900 species and more than 26,000 regular visitors, the OKC zoo in the capitol has built a strong, solid reputation. Expect to meet all the creatures of the jungles and plains at this one!

City Zoo, 2000 Remington Pl, Oklahoma City, OK, USA, +1 (405) 424-3344

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Embrace the hauntings at Overholser Mansion

Named after the “father of Oklahoma City”, the Overholser Mansion is quite an impressive property. It has become a crucial part of the city’s history over the years and has undergone many restorations to preserve its architectural glory. Visitors can go on tours and learn more about the family that once lived within the walls. The 20-room Victorian mansion was also once said to be haunted – from eerie sounds to faint apparitions, tourists have seen it all!

Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th St, Oklahoma City, OK, USA, +1 (405) 525-5325

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Dive into the world of bones at the Museum of Osteology

No educational jaunt through OKC could be complete without a visit to the rather curious Museum of Osteology. For those unfamiliar with the term, osteology is the study of bones. Unleash your inner scientist at one of the largest bone collection exhibits in the country. With over 300 skeletons on display in a 7000-sqaure-foot space, there’s so much to learn from the surroundings here.

Museum of Osteology, 10301 S Sunnylane Rd, Oklahoma City, OK, USA, +1 (405) 814-0006

By Kalpana Satish