Oklahoma CityUnited States of America

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Although it has made great modernizing strides, this spirited and revitalized city still pays homage to its fascinating frontier heritage.

While it’s inextricably associated with the bombing of 1995, Oklahoma City has managed to bounce back from tragedy and is more cosmopolitan, contemporary and cultured than ever. Learn about its Native American heritage and its development during the Old West era at the city’s museums, then sample its more modern entertainment and dining options.

The story of Oklahoma City’s development is a fascinating one. The settlement came to be during the Great Land Run of April 22, 1889, when thousands of people ran across the border to lay claim to the unassigned land. By the time the day was over, some 10,000 people had settled here and the city was born.

In the present day, the event from Oklahoma City’s past that stands out most is the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. The blast, which destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, claimed 168 lives. Visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum to find out more about the event, and pay tribute to the victims at the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial.

Delve into Oklahoma City’s Western heritage at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Its collection includes more than 28,000 pieces of Western and Native American art. Learn more about Native American culture at the Red Earth Art Center. The Red Earth organization also hosts a popular annual festival, Red Earth, which celebrates the traditions of Native arts and cultures.

Get a feel for modern-day life in Oklahoma City at the Bricktown District. Once a dilapidated area with out-of-use warehouses, it has been redeveloped as an entertainment district. Stroll along the canal-side walkway, stop for a drink or dinner or see the Oklahoma City Dodgers play at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

To get to Oklahoma City, drive 205 miles (330 kilometers) north from Dallas or 353 miles (568 kilometers) south from Kansas City. Fly into Will Rogers World Airport or ride the Amtrak train. Once here, use the local bus network and Spirit Trolleys to get around.

Where to stay in Oklahoma City

Bricktown which includes flowers, a bridge and a river or creek

Bricktown

Bricktown is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark or American Banjo Museum.

Bricktown
Overholser Mansion featuring heritage elements, a garden and a house

Downtown Oklahoma City

4/5Very Good!(6 area reviews)

Downtown Oklahoma City is a destination visitors seek out for its abundant dining options, live music and important monuments. You might want to check out attractions like Chesapeake Energy Arena or Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Downtown Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City which includes a city, a park and a skyscraper

Central Oklahoma City

3.5/5Good!(6 area reviews)

While visiting Central Oklahoma City, you might make a stop by sights like Chesapeake Energy Arena and Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.

Central Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City Boathouse District, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America
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Oklahoma City Boathouse District

Though Oklahoma City Boathouse District may not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Chesapeake Energy Arena and Myriad Botanical Gardens.

Oklahoma City Boathouse District
Paseo Arts District featuring a garden and outdoor art

Mesta Park

While Mesta Park isn't home to many top sights, Chesapeake Energy Arena and Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum are some notable places to visit nearby.

Mesta Park
Asian District, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America
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Asian District

Asian District might not have many top sights, but Penn Square Mall and Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Asian District

Top hotels in Oklahoma City

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City
The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City
4 out of 5
1 Park Ave, Oklahoma City, OK
£112
per night
Mar 22 - Mar 23

Located in Downtown Oklahoma City, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Red Earth Museum and Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. Chesapeake ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,432 reviews)

"Beautiful historical hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. Easy walking to Bricktown!"…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2020

The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City
Colcord Hotel
Colcord Hotel
4 out of 5
15 N Robinson Ave, Oklahoma City, OK
£142
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in Downtown Oklahoma City, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Stage Center and Chesapeake Energy Arena. Myriad Botanical Gardens and Oklahoma State ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,465 reviews)

"Overall this was a good 2-night stay. Me being the country boy I am, I don’t think some of the other guests cared for the way I was dressed. I think the staff thought my overalls were an excellent choice though!"…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2020

Colcord Hotel
Hyatt Place Oklahoma City / Bricktown
Hyatt Place Oklahoma City / Bricktown
3 out of 5
20 Russell M. Perry Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK
£94
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

Located in Bricktown, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, Chesapeake Energy Arena and OU Medical Center. Oklahoma City National ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (571 reviews)

"Property was very clean and its in the middle of everything in Bricktown! Everything is just a walk or Lime ride away."…"

Reviewed on 29 Jan 2020

Hyatt Place Oklahoma City / Bricktown

Popular things to do in Oklahoma City

Chesapeake Energy Arena
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Chesapeake Energy Arena

Catch an event at Chesapeake Energy Arena during your trip to Oklahoma City.Amble within picturesque gardens or visit the notable monuments in this vibrant area.

Oklahoma City Zoo
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Oklahoma City Zoo

Be entertained at the city’s prime destination for animal encounters. Meet creatures from around the world in themed enclosures and a botanical garden.

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
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National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

Saddle up and explore this museum dedicated to the American West, where artworks and displays celebrate American Indian and cowboy culture.

Myriad Botanical Gardens
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Myriad Botanical Gardens

5/5(1 review)

A large public space, this lush, verdant park is much loved by Oklahoma residents who flock here to stroll along its paths and relax among its blooms.

Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum
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Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

5/5(2 reviews)

Reflect on the history of the city at this sprawling park, which commemorates the victims, survivors and rescue teams involved in the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995.

Omniplex Science Museum
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Omniplex Science Museum

Blast off into outer space or discover the wonders of the human body in this family-friendly museum with a planetarium, interactive exhibits and  gardens.

Top activities in Oklahoma City

One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Oklahoma City, OK
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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Oklahoma City, OK

£2
Per adult
Operation city Quest of Oklahoma
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Operation city Quest of Oklahoma

£8
Per adult
Indoor Skydiving Experience
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Indoor Skydiving Experience

100% of travellers recommend
£50
Per adult
Spooks, Spirits, and Scoundrels Ghost Tour of Oklahoma City
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Spooks, Spirits, and Scoundrels Ghost Tour of Oklahoma City

£12
Per adult
A Moment in Time Illuminated Night Tour
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A Moment in Time Illuminated Night Tour

£12
Per adult
A Streetcar Named...
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A Streetcar Named...

£12
Per adult

Reviews of Oklahoma City

4.3

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Sep 13, 2019

The Brickhouse brewery was amazing for dinner. The memorial museum is a must.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Aug 31, 2019

Very clean and friendly

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jun 23, 2019

More cabs.

4/5 - Good

MichaelD

Mar 11, 2019

Feels like a growth town. Growing restaurant scene. Tidy and minimal traffic.

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