Western charm goes metropolitan in Oklahoma's capital city. Oklahoma City offers plenty of interesting things to do and boasts big-league attractions, including the OKC Thunder NBA team and a revitalized downtown area starring the Bricktown Entertainment District, Chesapeake Energy Arena and top-notch museums, including the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Rope up some fun at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and other Adventure District destinations. Learn Oklahoma's story at the Oklahoma State Capitol and nearby History Center. Go kid-friendly at the OKC Zoo, Science Museum Oklahoma, Frontier City and White Water Bay, and escape to the outdoors at the Oklahoma River, Myriad Botanical Gardens and Lake Hefner.
Oklahoma City offers a thriving nightlife scene with concentrations of popular spots for music, dancing and drinks in the Bricktown Entertainment District, the Paseo Arts District, and Western Avenue area. The arts abound and culture flourishes with options such as the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Ballet, vibrant art districts and plentiful galleries, a diverse music scene that produces national stars in multiple genres, bountiful drama productions and an acclaimed arts festival that draws nearly 1 million visitors each year.
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Central Oklahoma’s Frontier Country is home to a number of fantastic lakes that are uniquely connected to their urban surroundings. Here you can explore Oklahoma’s capitol city at lunchtime and be on the water by the afternoon. Whether you’re looking for water sport adventures, leisurely swimming opportunities or excellent fishing spots, you’ll find it at a lake in central Oklahoma. You learned more about beautiful Lake Thunderbird in our "Big Six" lake overview, now read about a few of the region’s top lakes and make plans to come see what makes central Oklahoma a great place to hit the water.
The food truck phenomenon has quickly made its mark on Oklahoma’s dining landscape. For unique eats in unexpected places, explore our list of favorite food trucks and discover a new culinary world.
South of the river and just west of downtown OKC, Oklahoma’s Western Heritage lives on - virtually untouched since the middle of the 20th century. Located at the crossroads of Agnew and Exchange, Historic Stockyards City serves up a hearty slice of the Old West, so clear a day and shine up your boots, because you’re going to spend some time kicking it in Historic Stockyards City.
Take in refreshing floral arrangements and decorative greenery when rain showers yield to springtime flowers. Travel to a lesser known Oklahoma garden or arboretum for a peaceful afternoon spent with nature.
Travel down Oklahoma’s stretch of Route 66 and find quirky stops, kitschy photo-ops and unique destinations along the way.
To describe Oklahoma’s craft beer scene as “thriving” would be an understatement. World-class microbreweries have been popping up in every corner of the state during the last decade, releasing award-winning beers to national and international acclaim. Inspired by the styles of the moment and traditions of the past, Oklahoma’s bold and innovative brewmasters have carved out a unique place in a crowded field—and they don’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. Take a tour of some of the state’s most buzzed-about breweries and see what’s on tap in the Sooner State.