Both the name of a US state and the state capital (and, a musical!), Oklahoma has a long and interesting Native American history. Indeed, the name comes from words from the language used by the Choctaw people; okla and humma, which, when put together, mean “red people”. Now a burgeoning tourist city, there are plenty of way to enjoy the Sooner State!
Here are some of the best things to do in Oklahoma:
Wander around Bricktown
Bricktown‘s red-brick buildings first made an appearance at the start of the 20th century. Originally used as warehouses, many of the buildings have been repurposed to house a large number of cool bars, restaurants, shops, and other places for leisure and recreation. A lively entertainment district, it’s definitely one of the hottest places to check out after nightfall. You’ll also find a cinema and a large convention centre.
Relax in Will Rogers Park
One of the oldest city parks, Will Rogers Park is also one of Oklahoma’s best-hidden gems. A terrific place to chill out and unwind, the months between April and October are especially lovely times to visit when you can see the many colourful and fragrant roses in bloom. Pay a visit to the Ed Lycan Conservatory too, where you can admire a wide variety of cactuses and succulents.
Take a Drive along Route 66
Oklahoma boasts the longest original sections of the iconic Route 66 than any other state in the USA. One of the original highways across the United States of America, it is also sometimes referred to as the Mother Road. You can see signs that mark parts of the route in Oklahoma. The famous road originally ran right across the country between Chicago (Ilinois) and Santa Monica (California).
The River Skate Park
A particularly cool place for teenagers, the River Skate Park has more than 20 different obstacles for daring souls to try and conquer. Modern and heaps of fun, it offers something for all levels of skateboarder. You’ll find half and quarter pipes, jumps, rails, pyramids, and more! Don’t forget your helmet!
Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum
Oklahoma City National Memorial is a memorial to remember victims, survivors, rescuers, and all who were affected by the Oklahoma City bombing in April 1995. The museum seeks to educate people about the impacts of violence, whilst also providing information about the terrible event that rocked the city.
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
Located in Oklahoma City, this is a terrific place to take a trip back to the times when fearless gun-toting cowboys roamed the streets. See a western town from the start of the 20th century and enjoy the atmosphere of Prosperity Junction. Interesting galleries and special exhibits make for an informative and fun day.
The Oklahoma Skydiving Center
If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush when in Oklahoma, look no further than the thrilling Oklahoma Skydiving Center. With something for all levels of enthusiast, from beginner to pro, enjoy awesome views of the surrounding prairie and plains as you make your descent back down to earth. Located close to Cushing, it is one of the best skydiving schools in the state, and a place that is sure to get your blood pumping and your heart racing!
Other top things to do in Oklahoma include seeing the unusual buildings that were the brainchild of Frank Lloyd Wright, taking a trip to the Wichita Mountains, including the wildlife area, and chilling out alongside the shores of Lake Eufaula.