Things to see and do in Oklahoma City
In the center of the Oklahoma is Oklahoma City, known as OKC or simply "the city" to residents of the state. The state's largest city has in recent years taken great pains to make itself more attractive to visitors. So, besides the city standards such as zoos and shopping centers, here are some of the most popular places to visit in the OKC metro area.
Oklahoma is cowboy country, and the city acknowledges that by hosting the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, also known as the Cowboy Hall of Fame. The museum honors famous cowboys and "westerners", from cattlemen to rodeo stars to western movie actors. Primarily, though, the museum is an art gallery, with paintings and sculptures by artists such as Charles Russell and Frederic Remington. The museum includes the original End of the Trail sculpture, and a 15' tall marble cougar known as the Canyon Princess. The museum is highly recommended for any fans of western art.
On the western side of town are the Oklahoma National Stockyards, the world's largest cattle market. Even if you are not looking to buy any live beef at the weekly auction, you can find some of the cooked variety at famous nearby steakhouses. The collection of businesses around the stockyards are known as Stockyards City, and are where you can buy boots, saddles, and most any other equipment a working cowboy needs. Grant's Centennial Rodeo Opry has live western music every Saturday night and hosts Cowboy Church on Monday evenings.
Science and History
For the kids (or the kids in all of us), the Kirpatrick Center/Omniplex Science Museum provides hands-on science exhibits that make learning fun. The center contains an air and space museum with multiple historic airplanes on display; a planetarium; and the OmniDome, an Imax-style theater projected onto a dome screen.
Near the state capital, the Oklahoma History Center is a Smithsonian affiliate that covers all aspects of Oklahoma history and heritage. It contains exhibits on everything from Native American history to the space program. A Gemini space capsule celebrates the fact that Oklahoma has produced more astronauts than any other state. A wagon from one of the Oklahoma land runs reminds of the state's somewhat unusual beginnings. An exhibit on Oklahoma inventions proudly notes that Oklahoma City was home to the first parking meter and first shopping cart.