Posted by: RasmaSandra | March 5, 2021

Wonderful Oklahoma City

The capital of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City sits on the southern Great Plains and being an oil-rich state it is known as “The Big Friendly.”

It was unfortunate that Oklahoma City became well-known when on April 19, 1995 there was a bombing at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The city has set up an outdoor memorial Oklahoma City National Memorial tribute to the victims, survivors, rescuers, and others affected by these events. Now the reflecting pool and the empty chairs have become an well-known symbol of the city. More can be learned about this tragedy at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum.

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden has over 500 animal species among them chinos, gorillas, lions, and tigers. Around the grounds are lovely displays of plants from Oklahoma and around the world.

At the zoo visitors can engage in different activities like giraffe feedings and see sea lion shows and there is a stingray touch tank. A great way to experience everything is by taking a boat or train ride.

Myriad Botanical Gardens feature a sunken lake and among the highlights is the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory with towering palm trees, tropical plants and flowers, waterfalls, and exotic animals.

In the garden you can also find works of art like Gateway by Hans Van de Bovenkamp and Childhood is Everlasting by Robin Orbach.

Science Museum Oklahoma has interactive exhibits for visitors. There are many things for both kids and adults to enjoy. You can step into a tornado simulator, build giant Legos, walk a tightrope, and so much more. Regular shows are given at the theater and planetarium. Take the time to explore the lovely grounds with a Japanese garden, children’s garden, lawn games and you can have a picnic.

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is a large museum that gives you a look into life in the Wild West and has a large collection of historical material, photos, and sculptures, The Rodeo Hall of Fame features rodeo champions. At the Children’s Cowboy Corral kids can test their ranching skills.

Bricktown is Oklahoma City’s premier entertainment hub. Red-brick warehouses have been converted into shops, restaurants, entertainment venues, and attractions. There are also sporting venues here so you can catch a baseball or basketball game, attend a concert, see a movie, or walk along the river walk. Visitors enjoy taking cruises or dinner cruises along the canal.

The Oklahoma History Center is affiliated with the Smithsonian. The center has impressive exhibits about the history of Oklahoma. The exhibits cover everything from Native American history, to pioneer life and cowboys and so much more. There are also traveling exhibits and lots of interactive features. Outside you can take a look at the botanical gardens and stroll among sculptures and native plants on the Red River Journey that is a quarter-mile walking tour.

The Oklahoma State Capitol building was built between 1914 and 1917. Its grand central dome wasn’t complete until 2007. The building is a classic Greco-Roman structure with an Indiana limestone exterior and an Oklahoma pink and black granite base. Both self-guided and guided tours are available.

Overholser Mansion was the first grand home built in the city by the founder of Oklahoma City, Henry Overholser. The home is a three-story French chateau. Visitors can walk through he furnished rooms.

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