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The monumental "End of the Trail" sculpture by James Earle Fraser is perfectly framed near the entrance of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

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The Oklahoma Trails exhibit at the OKC Zoo features native species.

Less than a mile from I-44, which runs along part of Route 66, lies Oklahoma City’s Adventure District where you'll find a community of exciting and diverse attractions to fill a day or a whole week.  Whether you're looking for educational activities for the kids or a sports fix, an encounter with the wild things or a day in the Old West, you can find it in the Adventure District.

Perhaps the crown jewel of the Adventure District is the world-class National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum which contains one of the nation’s best collections of Western art. The museum’s iconic End of the Trail sculpture greets visitors with a powerful first impression at the end of the massive entry hall. The Western art collection includes more than 2,000 pieces and features works by master artists such as Frederic Remington, Charles Russell and Albert Bierstadt.  The Children's Cowboy Corral is an interactive discovery area filled with western activities for the youngest guests.  The whole family will also enjoy Prosperity Junction - a replica of a turn-of-the-century cattle town built in an area of the museum where 40-foot ceilings allow the two-story buildings of Main Street to soar.  Take a break and watch a classic film in the Western Performers Gallery and answer trivia questions about your favorite movie cowboys on interactive kiosks.  Other permanent collections include the American Cowboy Gallery, Fine Arms Gallery, American Rodeo Gallery, Museum of the Frontier West, and the Native American Gallery.  Enjoy lunch at the Persimmon Hill eatery onsite and turn your visit into an all-day affair.

Another Adventure District attraction, the Oklahoma Firefighters Museum, houses a large collection of extraordinary turn-of-the-century fire engines that were once used in Oklahoma communities. Oklahoma's first fire station is displayed along with the finest specimens of firefighting equipment anywhere. Exhibits relate firefighting history, from bucket brigades to today's state-of-the-art equipment.      

Find yourself face to face with a gorilla.

Across the road is the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame. Softball is one of the most popular team sports and you'll discover why when you visit this museum and hall of fame. Established in 1957, the museum covers the colorful history of softball from its invention in 1887 to today, and shines a spotlight on its greatest players.  Also on the grounds, the Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame Stadium hosts national competitions including the NCAA College World Series.  The museum and the action in the stadium are guaranteed to make you see softball in a whole new light.

Nearby is the Science Museum Oklahoma, which houses over eight acres of hands-on science experiences with thousands of space, aviation and cultural artifacts in the mix. With brand new exhibits, the excitement of live entertainment shows and the amazing Science Floor, Science Museum Oklahoma rocks.  From traveling beyond the Milky Way in the Planetarium Theater to witnessing live explosions in the Science Live shows, the museum provides a safe environment for letting your inner child run wild.  Be sure to catch a movie in the Museum's Dome Theater where large-format film presentations seem to surround you.  

Next door, the Oklahoma City Zoo offers a chance to take a walk on the wild side.  Featuring 2,500 animals located on 110 beautiful acres, the Oklahoma City Zoo is one of the state's top attractions and was voted the third most family-friendly zoo in the country. For a totally native, totally wild experience, be sure to visit the Oklahoma Trails attraction, which features eight acres showcasing more than 800 animals native to the state.  The Cat Forest, Lion Overlook and Great EscApe are also must-see exhibits where you can find yourself face to face with a gorilla or catch a glimpse of elusive big cats.

Just across the road from the zoo and Science Museum Oklahoma is Remington Park Racetrack & Casino.  This state-of-the-art horse racing facility features two racing seasons - American Quarter Horse Season and Thoroughbred Season.  Remington Park features a fully enclosed, climate-controlled stadium for spectators. Every floor offers a panoramic view of the racetrack and Paddock Gardens.  The park is open 365 days a year for casino gaming and simulcast horse racing from around the world.   The casino offers over 750 electronic games, The Wild Rush Bar & Stage and Remi's Buffet Restaurant.  Visit Remington Park and let your heart race.

Every Route 66 outing is an adventure, but a day or two spent in Oklahoma City's Adventure District puts a few extra kicks in your experience.