Oklahoma City, the aptly named capital of the state of Oklahoma, is also known as the “Horse Show Capital of the World.” Cowboy culture and contemporary art collide in OKC. Some of the city’s top attractions include the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, which exhibits a renowned collection of Western art and artifacts; the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, which focuses on living artists; and the Oklahoma Zoo & Botanical Garden, the state’s largest and most popular cultural attraction. For all things entertainment, head to historic Bricktown, where you can cruise a canal aboard the Bricktown Water Taxi.
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In the OKC, you will not only find the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, but the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Oklahoma City is well-known for its nightlife, particularly in the Paseo Arts District and Bricktown Entertainment District, and arts, boasting the Oklahoma City Ballet and Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Oklahoma’s capital city is also a Mecca for sports fans, being the home of the Oklahoma City Thunder, of the NBA, and Oklahoma City Dodgers, a Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Some of the top attractions in the city include the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, which honors the victims, survivors and rescuers of the Oklahoma City bombing; Frontier City, a Western-themed amusement park with dozens of rides, attractions and live entertainment; and the Oklahoma City Zoo, which consists of more than 1,900 animal species and expansive botanical gardens.
The best time to visit Oklahoma City is from September to November when the weather is mild. Spring is also pleasant, and late April is when the famous Festival of the Arts occurs.