10 Things to Discover in Oklahoma City
May 30, 2018
Now that our weather is nice, it’s a great time to get out and enjoy some of the interesting attractions that Oklahoma City has to offer. Oklahoma City is a thriving, growing city, and it offers more entertaining attractions every year.
Here are ten OKC things you might want to consider doing this summer.
1) Martin Park Nature Center
5000 W. Memorial Road
More than just a park, Martin Park Nature Center is a hub for nature exploration and education for visitors of all ages. They offer 2.5 miles of trails, guided hikes, and educational programs.
With a short drive from Grand Tapestry to Martin Nature Park, you can enjoy being immersed in nature without ever leaving the city. You can also take part in special events at the center. For instance, on August 18, they’re screening a documentary called Green Fire. It’s about Aldo Leopold, one of the earliest leaders in conservation. The film highlights his beginnings, his career, and the conservation practices he introduced that we still use today. Admission is free. If you’re interested in attending, please register on their website.
2) Overholser Mansion
405 NW 15th Street
The 1903 mansion was built by Henry Overholser who is referred to as the “Father of Oklahoma City.” His home was considered the first mansion built in Oklahoma City. It’s open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.00, or $7.00 for those 55 and over.
On the third Thursdays of each month, however, you can take the Mysteries of the Mansion tour. This special tour explores some of the behind-the-scenes history and spaces not typically seen on the regular tour. You’ll learn interesting stories of the mansion and the Overholser family. The next Mysteries of the Mansion tour is June 21, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Tickets for this tour are $20.
3) Myriad Gardens
301 W. Reno
Myriad Gardens is a jewel in downtown OKC. Besides the beautiful gardens, they offer a wide variety of classes for children and adults. Classes for adults this summer include gardening and pie baking. They also frequently host music performances. And on the last Saturday of each month, you can participate in a Gardens Walking Tour from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Many events at Myriad Gardens are free. Check out their website for details.
4) 50+ Better Living Expo
609 Kiamichi Place
OKC’s 2nd annual 50+ Better Living Expo will be held on Wednesday, June 20th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It will be at the Oklahoma State Fair Park, in the Centennial Building.
This one-day event will feature over 100 booths and seminars covering topics of interest to seniors. Topics include health and wellness, nutrition, finance, technology, travel, home health care, assisted living and more.
Admission is free.
5) Red Earth Festival
The 30th annual award-winning Red Earth Festival will be held June 8th through the 10th at the Cox Convention Center.
Festival activities include “America’s Most Unique Parade,” an art market, a Pow Wow featuring hundreds of dancers in full tribal regalia, and outdoor activities in the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Check the website for specific times of events.
Tickets are $16 per day.
6) OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art always has beautiful art exhibits, but this summer you can find some special temporary exhibits. These include Dale Chihuly Magic and Light, The Art of Oklahoma, The Serenity of Madness, and others.
Tickets are $12, or $10 for those 62 and up.
And for an attraction within an attraction, the OKC Museum of Art will host the 2018 Dead Center Film Festival, June 7 – 10. For specific screenings and times, visit http://www.okcmoa.com/visit/events/2018-deadcenter-film-festival-okcmoa/.
Tickets to all film festival movies are $12.
7) National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
1700 Northeast 63rd Street
Many of you have probably already visited the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum (formerly called the Cowboy Hall of Fame). After all, the museum has hosted more than 10 million visitors from around the world. But if you haven’t been there for a while, it may be time to visit again.
Besides its beautiful western art and historical artifacts, this museum has special events all summer long. This summer offers a screening of one of John Wayne’s movies with a personal appearance by Wayne’s granddaughter, a series celebrating Old West saloons, and a book club review of the book Orphan Train.
Tickets for regular admission to the museum are $12.50 or $9.75 for 62 and up. Check prices for special events.
8) Max’s Magic Theater
8312 NW 118th St
This attraction is ranked as one of the Top 10 things to do in OKC on TripAdvisor. Their website says that Max’s Magic Theater is “where your brain will be taken on a roller coaster ride. The magic and mentalism performed has more twists than your favorite movie thriller and everything happens in an environment tailored to give you the most personalized performance possible with some of the magic happening only inches away from your face!”
The show is in a residential area. Open for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night performances, tickets range from $15 to $70.
9) 45th Infantry Museum
2145 N.E. 36th Street
Admission is free at this museum which houses one of the nation’s largest collections of military firearms. You can also see over 200 original Bill Mauldin Cartoons, World War II artifacts, and exhibits on Oklahoma’s early military history. You can learn about the Thunderbirds in Korea and take a stroll through Thunderbird Park.
The museum is open six days a week—every day except for Mondays. Check the website for different opening times, closing time is always 4:15 p.m.
10) The City of Oklahoma City Senior Programs
3501 Pat Murphy Drive (near NW 33rd and Portland)
For adults 55 and over, two Oklahoma City Senior Activity Centers offer a wide variety of programs and activities that engage both body and mind. They offer special exhibitions, social events and weekend trips to nearby destinations.
They offer art classes, athletics, card games, dance, exercise classes, history and language programs, performing arts and drama, poetry and creative writing, sewing and quilting, social and leisure, travel, yoga and more. Specialty programs related to senior health and wellness and financial planning are also available.
The closest location to Grand Tapestry is at the Will Rogers Senior Center.
Many classes are free, and others are $5 per month. To view all senior programs, click here.
Of course, we couldn’t include all of the great activities and attractions you can find to do this summer in good ol’ OKC. Among a lot of other interesting things, you might want to also check into the following:
- Museum of Osteology
- Bricktown Ballpark to see the OKC Dodgers baseball team
- American Banjo Museum
- Oklahoma State Capitol
- OKC National Bombing Memorial
Whatever attractions you decide to visit, get out there and enjoy our beautiful city!