4 things you need to do in Oklahoma City
OKC packs a full itinerary, including lesser-known attractions that will make for a memorable weekend.
The Wheeler Ferris Wheel offers rides 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday; 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday; and noon-9 p.m., Sunday. Tickets are $6; kids age 3 and younger are free. A day pass is $10; season pass is $20.
Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau
Much like Tulsa, Oklahoma City has grown a lot in recent years, and there’s much to do in our state capital.
1. Visit the Wheeler District's namesake attraction
Southwest of downtown, there’s a new district named after its star attraction: the Wheeler Ferris Wheel. Although the amusement ride is new to Oklahoma City, it has quite a history. The big wheel spent decades at the modern terminus of Route 66: the Santa Monica Pier in California. In 2008, the wheel was purchased on eBay by the Humphreys family, refurbished and installed on the south side of the Oklahoma River. The Wheeler District site at 1701 S. Western Ave. also has lawn games and giant OKC letters that make for a fun photo opportunity.
2. Spend some time in lesser-known museums
Oklahoma City has several notable museums — the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and the National Memorial come to mind — but there are a few lesser-known attractions around town that deserve a closer look.
The 45th Infantry Division Museum, 5145 N.E. 36th St., is free and tells the story of the military division from its inception in the early 1920s to modern day. Artifacts on display date from the Revolutionary War to modern day. There is a large outdoor park, too, with a wide array of military vehicles to explore.
The Oklahoma Firefighters Museum has been around since 1969 and showcases antique equipment dating back to Indian Territory days. There is a memorial to the Oklahoma City Bombing on site and a replica of an old firehouse, complete with a functional early 1900s alarm system. If you have any interest in the history of firefighting or the development of early Oklahoma emergency response, this is a fascinating place to spend some time.
3. Take in the Centennial Land Run Monument
In Bricktown resides one of the largest bronze sculptures in the world. The Centennial Land Run Monument commemorates the Land Run of 1889. The monument consists of more than 40 figures depicting the frenzied race to stake a claim in the newly opened territory. The whole area is a city park on the south end of the Bricktown Canal, which provides a beautiful view of downtown OKC to boot.
4. Dine with a view
If you’re a fan of beautiful views, the 49th floor of the Devon Tower is home to a fine dining restaurant called Vast. Reservations are recommended, and they do have a dress code — no ripped or torn clothing, gym wear or ball caps — but there’s no place like it to celebrate a special occasion and view a Sooner State sunset.