OKLAHOMA CITY KEY MAGAZINE - ATTRACTIONS
Frontier City Theme Park
11501 NE Expressway - 478-2412
Experience the famous Gunfight at the OK Corral, and catch Frontier City's six live shows. Four thrilling coasters, The Hangman—a thrilling freefall ride, Renegade Rapids river raft ride, the perilous Tomahawk and MindBender, and the Mystery River Log Flume. Big fun for little mavericks at Paul Bunyan's Tiny Timber Town. Lots of outdoor concerts by legendary artists and other special events. (I-35 North, Exit 122nd St.) Hours: Open May-Oct.
Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum
1714 Highway 9 W. Seminole - 405-382-0950
A special hands-on museum where 3 to 12 year olds “become” TV anchors, doctors, medics, judges, artists, pilots, firefighters and much more. Be amazed at the 13,500-gallon aquarium filled with aquatic life. The place in Oklahoma where kids “play to learn” and adults “learn to play.” (East of OKC on 1-40 at Seminole exit #200, 9 miles south to Highway 9, then 1 mile west.) Hours: Tues-Sat 10-5; Sun 1-5. Closed Monday and major holidays. Admission: $6
Myriad Botanical Gardens
100 Myriad Gardens - 297-3995
The Myriad Botanical Gardens is a 17-acre oasis in the heart of downtown. The centerpiece of the gardens is the seven-story Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, featuring a fascinating collection of palm trees, flowers and exotic plants from across the globe. Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6; Sun 12-6. Admission to Crystal Bridge: $6, adults; $5 seniors 62+ and students; $4 Groups of 20+ $3 children (4-12); 3 & under, free. Outdoor grounds: Free.
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Center Museum
1700 NE 63rd - 478-2250
The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum preserves the rugged individualism and romantic spirit of the frontier. This popular visitor attraction features a superlative collection of classic and contemporary Western art, including works by Charles Russell, Frederic Remington, and the famous 18-foot sculpture, The End of the Trail. New historical galleries include the American Cowboy Gallery, the American Rodeo Gallery, Western Performer’s Gallery and Prosperity Junction, a re-created authentic western town. Visitors of all ages enjoy an adventure into the Old West at this national memorial to the American cowboy. Hours: Open 9-5 7 days a week except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. Admission: adults $8.50, senior citizens $7, children ages 6-12 $4, children under
6 are free.
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive - 236-3100
The new Oklahoma City Museum of Art in the Donald W. Reynolds Visual Arts Center is a 110,000 sq. ft. facility featuring 15 exhibition galleries, an education center, a 250-seat theater, cafe, store and library/resource center. Programs include world-class traveling exhibitions, comprehensive film programs and a variety of family activities. The commissioned 55 ft. signature sculpture by world renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly serves as a beacon for the museum and downtown. Hours: Tues-Sat 10-5; Thurs 10-9; Sun 12-5. Admission: Adults $7; Senior (62+), Students and Children $5; Children under 5 Free.
Oklahoma City National Memorial
620 N Harvey - 235-3313
The Oklahoma City National Memorial remembers those who lost their lives in the tragic bombing the Alfred P. Murrah Building on April 19, 1995. The outdoor symbolic memorial, stands on a three-acre site that includes remnants of the original building destroyed in 1995, is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Admission to outdoor symbolic memorial is free.
Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum
620 N Harvey - 235-3313
The museum, housed in the historic Journal Record Building that was damaged by the blast, is adjacent to the symbolic memorial, provides visitors with an experience beyond what they see at the memorial monument. The storyline is presented in ten chapters beginning in Oklahoma City the morning of the bombing, the moments immediately following the blast, through the 16 days of rescue and recovery, and to the rebuilding of Oklahoma City. The story is told through exhibits and recorded narratives from victims’ family members, survivors, rescue workers and others. Hours: Museum Mon-Sat 9–6; Sun 1–6. Museum Admission: Adults $7; Senior (62+) $6; Student (6-17) $5; Children under 5 Free
Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Gardens
2101 NE 50th - 424-3344
More To See From A to Z! Recognized by Child Magazine as one of the top three family-friendly zoos in the nation, the Zoo features a diverse and fascinating animal and plant collection. Children and adults will marvel and enjoy dramatic views of the world’s most exotic animals in naturalistic settings as they explore Great EscApe, Cat Forest/Lion Overlook and the new Oklahoma Trails experience opening in spring 2006. Other family favorites include the Centennial Choo Choo, Safari Tram Tour, the Fins and Feathers Show and our seasonal, interactive bird adventure: Explorikeet Adventure. The Zoo offers picnic areas, The Canopy Food Court, Safari Gifts and services including wheelchair and stroller rental. Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the Zoo is open everyday except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Hours are 9 AM to 6 PM from Memorial Day through Labor Day and 9 AM to 5 PM from September through May. Admission for adults ages 12-64 is $7. Children ages 3-11 and seniors 65 and older are $4. Children 2 and under are free. For information, call (405) 424-3344 or go online at www.okczoo.com.
Sam Noble, Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
2401 Chautauqua Ave. Norman - 325-4712
The Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is the designated museum of natural history for the state of Oklahoma. The museum's collections, which number more than 6 million items, include fossils of dinosaurs, representations of Native American art and culture, and extensive collections of Oklahoma's diverse plant and animal life. The museum is located on the southwest corner of the OU campus. Hours: Tues–Sat 10-5; Sun 1-5. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.. Adults $4; Seniors $3; Children 6-18 $2.
2100 NE 52nd - 602-OMNI
Omniplex Science Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate in Oklahoma City, satisfies your brain’s hunger for knowledge allowing you to chomp down on interactive and entertaining science delicacies and much more. From hands-on activities to busy railroad cars and World War II airplanes to a relaxing walk in the gardens, visitors of all ages will find something to enjoy at Omniplex. Standing nearly seven stories tall, OmniDome Theater – Oklahoma’s only giant dome-screen theater – houses a 70-foot diameter dome screen virtually encompassing each moviegoer’s entire field of vision. Omniplex Planetarium, Oklahoma's first public-access planetarium since 1958, takes you to the farthest reaches of the universe and beyond! The aviation and space artifacts are one of the nation's premier collections, taking you through the history of aviation and space. Omniplex has over 350 hands-on exhibits and an array of educational programs designed to enlighten, entertain and educate the entire family. Indulge your creative genius and travel the globe with Omniplex’s extensive collection of art and artifacts from around the world. The Omniplex Museum Store is a shopper's haven for unique items. Stay for lunch at the Garden Café that serves refreshing beverages, meals and even quick snacks. Omniplex is located in the heart of Oklahoma City’s Adventure District at 2100 NE 52nd Street in Oklahoma City. Hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 405.602.OMNI (6664) or visit the Omniplex Web site at www.omniplex.org.
White Water Bay
3908 W. Reno - 943-9687
Over 30 water rides, slides, pools and activities. Try Cannonball Falls, a slide that fires you into the water after a six-foot drop. Brave the waves in the Wave Pool or challenge the seven story Bermuda Triangle's three water slides. Then there's the four-person Big Kahuna raft ride, and the 65-foot freefall Acapulco Cliff Dive. Float down the lazy Castaway Creek. There's a Kids Kove soft-play area (with room for the parents, too.). Hours: Open weekends May 17-Memorial Day, Daily May 27-Aug 17; Weekends until Sept 7. Park opens 10:30 a.m.; closing times vary. Admission: Adults $22.99 + tax; Senior Citizens $14.99, under 48" tall $16.99; Children 2 and under free.