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Oklahoma City is the state’s largest city and state capital. Thanks to a citywide revitalization effort, downtown Oklahoma City now boasts the nation's premier minor league ballpark and a canal that flows beside choice restaurants, shops and quaint cafes in the historic Bricktown (www.bricktownokc.com) entertainment district. There’s a fleet of water taxis (visit bricktownwatertaxi website) that provide tours on the mile-long waterway and the fun commentary from the onboard guide make this interesting trip a great family experience. With more than 50 attractions, there’s never a shortage of family-friendly activities in Oklahoma City regardless of the time of year or the weather. You can catch a movie in the brand new IWERKS large format theatre at the Omniplex or tour one of the nation's top ten zoos right next door ( Visit Oklahoma Zoo ). Don't miss the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum where galleries are full of priceless western art and treasures, or for more active fun visit Frontier City and White Water Bay.

Tornado simulator at Science Museum
Bricktown Water Taxi
Oklahoma City Zoo
45th Infantry Museum
National Cowboy Museum

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

is the ideal place to visit for a family outing. Having tripled in size over the past seven years and experienced a name change (was formerly known as the National Cowboy Hall of Fame), this sprawling complex features several major exhibition galleries, a life-size western town, large-scale sculptures and works of art, landscaped gardens, a fabulous gift shop and restaurant. Every Memorial Day weekend, the museum hosts the Chuck Wagon Gathering & Children's Cowboy Festival, a fun-filled family event featuring cowboy fare, entertainment and activities.








For a great family day out where you will find everything and anything under one roof, look no further than the OmniPlex (www.omniplex.org), a massive complex  that features hands-on exhibits, one-of-a-kind displays and even a planetarium. Here is an amusement park for the mind where families can experience interactive science exhibits, vintage aircraft, space capsules, botanical gardens, a planetarium, art  and cultural galleries and Oklahoma’s first large-format, dome-screen theater.

The Orr Family Farm

The Orr Family Farm in Moore is one of the most family friendly attractions in Oklahoma. The enthusiasm of the founder Dr Glenn Orr is infectious; he drives the train (a third size replica of the United States first  transcontinental locomotive), guides you around the farm on his hay wagon telling stories all the way, and together with his family organizes special fun events for all the family. Don’t miss the Amaze’n Maze, an innovative construction  that allows the route to be changed every week.

At the
Oklahoma Firefighter’s Museum ( http://www.osfa.info/museum/ ) children can see turn-of-the-century fire engines that were once used  in Oklahoma communities, Oklahoma's first fire station, and the finest specimens of fire fighting equipment anywhere. Exhibits relate fire fighting through history, from 1730's bucket brigades to the present.

If you want to get adventuresome let the whole family try their hand at rock climbing at OKC Rocks Indoor Climbing Gym http://rocktowngym.com/index.html . Located in the historic Bricktown entertainment district, OKC Rocks lets visitors climb the inside walls of a former grain elevator with routes up to 145 feet high. Rental equipment and instructors are standing by to help even first time climbers reach  new heights and have a memorable time.

After your climb, relax and enjoy a meal in one of the many great family restaurants
in Bricktown Entertainment District.

The Spaghetti Warehouse
( http://www.meatballs.com/ )

The spaghetti Warehouse is a perennial family favorite with its fun seating arrangements ranging from brass beds to inside a trolley car. Coach’s is also a great place for the family, make sure you get a table with a view of the Bricktown  Ball Park.

Oklahoma City National Memorial

At the Oklahoma City National Memorial, the outdoor grounds are a  poignant tribute to those who lost their lives in the Oklahoma City bombing. The museum is designed to touch those of all ages and leave them with a lasting appreciation for the spirit of hope that exists among mankind and draws us together in times of  tragedy. In a special children’s area, kids can get hands on with the memorial in ways designed just for them and leave messages for other kids about their experience. The exhibits and displays are quite graphic and some families may find this  a little too upsetting.

For a fun day out visit the
Frontier City Theme Park ( http://www.frontiercity.com/ )  where you can stroll through an authentic  1880's western town and enjoy over 75 rides, shows, games and attractions. There’s lots going on here including the famous Gunfight at the OK Corral, six live shows, exciting rollercoasters, Renegade Rapids river raft ride, the perilous Time Warp,  and the Mystery River Log Flume. For younger members of the family there’s Paul Bunyan's Tiny Timber Town, with rides specially designed for little buckaroos. Outdoor concerts by legendary music artists and fireworks displays are also featured  and visitors can also attend special events like SportsFest, KidsFest, Oktoberfest and Fright Fest.

Frontier City Theme Park

Stockyards City

For something different explore Stockyards City ( http://www.stockyardscity.org ), the site of the world's largest stock and feeder  cattle market that caters to cowboys and ranchers with western gear, clothing and outfitter shops. On Monday and Tuesday mornings, visitors can sit in on the live cattle auctions. Don't miss a stop at the    Cattlemen’s Steak House http://www.cattlemensrestaurant.com/  an Oklahoma tradition since 1910, its name is as legendary as its steaks.

Oklahoma City Zoo ( http://www.okczoo.com/ ) with more than 2,100 of the world’s most exotic animals exhibited throughout 110  lushly planted acres, is one of the top zoological parks in the nation. The several special exhibits include the Cat Forest/Lion Overlook, Great EscApe, the Noble Aquatic Center, Butterfly Garden, Island Life, and a canine exhibit featuring hyenas, wolves,  and African wild dogs. In addition to these exhibits, kids will find plenty of other interesting inhabitants including all-time favorites such as elephants, giraffes, zebras, rhinos, and hippos along with hundreds of other family pleasers. The whole family  will love the Fins and Feathers show in the performance arena of the Noble Aquatic Center, plus there’s a variety of rides and amusements available to add to the family’s zoo experience. The adventurous will enjoy the Morphis Virtual Simulator,  a full-motion simulator that combines hydraulic motion, live action videos and surround sound to create realistic simulation adventures. The zoo spreads over a huge area so hire a buggy for younger children and make use of the Safari Tram to rest weary  legs.

Recommended Place to Stay

Holiday Inn Oklahoma City Airport

The hotel is ideally located close to the airport and car hire depots. This is a good base to explore Oklahoma City and all its attractions. They have good facilities, including a swimming pool.

visit the hotel at : http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/oklahoma-city

Recommended Place to Eat

Cattlemen’s Steak House

The Cattlemen's is known not only for its unique history, but also for its terrific food - perfectly aged steaks, legendary breakfasts, and good coffee. Located next to Oklahoma City's Stockyards City (www.stockyardscity.org), this fascinating café  first opened its doors to hungry cowboys and ranchers in 1910. The walls are covered with historic pictures and drawings of real cowboys and cowgirls, the kids will love it here, especially the food! Next door to Cattlemen's is the new Country Fare Restaurant,  which specializes in Ranch Style Dining.

visit Cattlemen's Steak House Oklahoma City at : http://www.cattlemensrestaurant.com


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