Oklahoma City is a vibrant city with a rich history and plenty of attractions to explore. From its top employers, such as Devon Energy, Chesapeake Energy, and Continental Resources, to its cowboy culture and popular tourist destinations, Oklahoma City has something for everyone. The city's most popular destination is the Bricktown entertainment district, which offers a wide variety of activities, from water taxis on the Bricktown Canal to dancing at Coyote Ugly Saloon. Visitors can also enjoy the home-cooked food and ambience of Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill or the exquisite main courses at Mickey Mantle's Steakhouse and The Mantel.
Established by pioneers during the Land Run of 1889, Oklahoma City is also home to old trails and cattle ranches, and the birthplace of countless movie stars, musicians, and artists from the West. To experience the saga of the American cowboy come to life, visitors can visit the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. This internationally renowned museum features an amazing array of Western art, American Indian and frontier artifacts, and even a fully built turn-of-the-century cattle town. The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is another must-see stop in the city center.
Immediately after entering the museum, visitors are greeted by a dazzling 55-foot tower made of curved, twisted and colorful glass. The museum's main galleries are spread over three entire floors and feature traveling international exhibitions, 19th-century European art, Latin American paintings, avant-garde sculptures, and one of the largest collections of Dale Chihuly glass pieces in the world. The Myriad Gardens is a perfect stop any time of the year. In summer visitors can enjoy splashing in the surreal storm fountain or attend a performance of Shakespeare in the Park.
In winter they can glide around the park's popular ice skating rink. No visit to the Myriad Gardens would be complete without a visit to the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, which takes visitors to a lush paradise with waterfalls and blooming orchids. The infamous site of the April 19, 1995 attack on Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building is commemorated and observed as a place of hope and healing on the grounds of the & National Memorial Museum in Oklahoma City.
Here visitors can learn about the events that led to the tragic attack, its terrible aftermath, and the city's remarkable recovery at the site museum. Sports fans will love Oklahoma City's State Fair Park for its world-class equestrian complex featuring nine barns, VIP RV parking, and exercise areas located four miles west of downtown Oklahoma City. They can also catch an all-American baseball game at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark or watch Oklahoma City Energy football players take on their opponents at Pribil Stadium. Finally, animal lovers should not miss Sanctuary Asia at Oklahoma City Zoo.
This expansion creates new habitats for red pandas, Indian rhinos, langurs, Komodo dragons, tanuki (raccoon dogs) and cassowary birds.