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Free Stuff In Oklahoma City
Looking for free things to do in OKC? Here are the top free things in Oklahoma City.
- The Myriad Botanical Gardens - Enjoy the beauty of nature, stop and smell the roses, and feed the ducks at the Myriad Gardens. If you come in the winter, you might also be lucky enough to catch a free day at the Crystal Bridge Conservatory in the gardens. The children's garden/play area is great for the younger kids, too.
- Oklahoma Centennial Land Run Monument - Larger-than-life statues depicting the Oklahoma Land Runs really make you ponder life in the 1800's.
- Scissortail Fly Catcher Bridge - walk across the scissortail fly catcher bridge at night when its lit up. What a great view of downtown Oklahoma City.
- The Oklahoma River - Ride a bike on the trails of the Oklahoma River or rent a kayak and get on the water. There is also a great kids playground. If you are open to spending a little cash, you can try out an AMAZING ropes course, climb a rock wall and more.
The Oklahoma Land Run
Prior to statehood, Oklahoma was Indian Territory. When it was opened to settlement, it was with fanfare. At high noon on April 22 1889, 50,000 settlers rushed into the territory to stake a claim of their own.
- Oklahoma City National Memorial - the exterior grounds of the memorial are free to the public. It truly is a humbling experience.
- Bricktown Canal - Walk along the Bricktown canal, do a little window shopping, and watch the water taxi's float by. In fact, you can walk all the way to the Land Run monument.
- OSU-OKC Farmer's Market - Sample the tastes of Oklahoma at the OSU-OKC Farmer's market, where everything is Oklahoma-proud. My favorite booths are Sunrise Acres and Berry Creek Farms.
- Paseo Arts District - Browse the boutique art galleries in the Paseo Arts District during First Friday Gallery walks (held the first Friday of every month). Or, come in September for the Fairy Ball, where kids of all ages dress in fairy costume and take to the streets.
- Metropolitan Library - Stop in for free story times at any of the metro libraries throughout Oklahoma City. There are also other free events for kids and adults, not to mention all the great books; heck, it is a library after all.
- Full Circle Bookstore - Reminisce about how great book stores were before the mega-bookstore came around. Full Circle Bookstore hosts acclaimed national authors and even puts on children's events.
- 45th Infantry Division Museum - A wonderful collection of military artifacts from Oklahoma's own 45th Infantry Division of the National Guard, also known as the Thunderbirds.
- Red Earth Museum - Though the Native American museum is small, the collections is outstanding.
- Buffalo Pictures - The 2007 Oklahoma Centennial celebrations also brought us buffalo. Well, buffalo sculptures anyway. Now they are all over OKC, including one in front of the Bricktown Ballpark. Find as many as you can and take photos to document your adventures.
- Cowtown (AKA Stockyard City) - Window shop for boots and cowboy hats in the area known as Stockyard City. After your stroll, stop for lunch at Cattleman's steakhouse and order your first "calf fry."
- Festival of the Arts - The festival takes place in downtown Oklahoma City each April, featuring artists from OK and beyond. Again, lots of activities for kids and families, too.
- Lake Hefner - Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and watch the sail boats on Lake Hefner. Bring a kite, too.
- Oklahoma State Capitol Building - While you visiting the capitol of our great state, don't miss the capitol building, which has gone renovations in recent years.
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Free Live Music
There are also lots of places to listen to free live music in Oklahoma City.
- Downtown Metropolitan Library - Thursdays at noon the library offers its Noon Tunes concert series, featuring a different artist each week.
- Myriad Gardens Twilight Concert Series - Each summer Sunday night the Myriad Gardens hosts a free concert at twilight. Bring your lawn chairs!
- Oklahoma Arts Festival - Held Labor Day weekend on the Oklahoma City Community College campus, the festival showcases great live acts.
- Leadership Square - Located in downtown OKC, the building atrium is home to a live music on many weekday afternoons.
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- Martin Park Nature Center - The park offers loads of free educational activities for kids, such as nature walks and bird watching.
- Oklahoma Railway Museum - Museum grounds are free, although riding the trains are not. See the freight cars, passenger cars and even a real steam engine.
- Will Rogers Park - The park is a photographers dream. Or, bring your frisbee for a round of frisbee golf.
- Oklahoma City Zoo - The OKC zoo really is a world-class zoo - and it keep getting better. You can even enjoy this gem for free every Monday during December, January and February.
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I hope you enjoy each of these exciting hotspots in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma city also offers a lot of great things to do with kids. But, whatever the reason for your visit, may you always feel welcomed in this great state.
What else would you add to this list?