Oklahoma City Itinerary: Best of Oklahoma City
The Itinerary at a Glance
Oklahoma City’s rugged Western past and recent urban renaissance have created a modern metropolis that’s still rich in cowboy culture.
3 Unique Experience on This Trip
- Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
- National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
- Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Duration: 3 Days
This Itinerary is Ideal For: All
Morning – Begin at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. It’s home to one of the most comprehensive collections of Western art in the world, with more than 28,000 Western and American Indian artifacts and artworks by artists such as Charles Russell and Frederic Remington. The museum complex also contains Prosperity Junction, a full-scale replica of a turn-of-the-century Western town, and galleries dedicated to Western performers, American cowboys and rodeos. (Allow 1.5-2 hours)
Lunch – Enjoy lunch at Kamps 1910, an Oklahoma City favorite with sandwiches, soups and salads, or try some Oklahoma BBQ at Iron Star Urban Barbeque. There’s also the historic Cattlemen’s Steakhouse in the Stockyard City area for a hearty lunch.
Afternoon – Next is the American Banjo Museum in the Bricktown Entertainment District. The museum is a $5-million, 21,000-square-foot, world-class facility containing more than 300 instruments — the largest collection on public display in the world. While at the American Banjo Museum, you can also enjoy a special performance just for your group. Pre-arrangement for a performance is required (allow 1.5 hours).
Evening – Before dinner, jump on a Bricktown Water Taxi and learn more about the history of the Bricktown Entertainment District and points of interest along the Bricktown canal (allow 50 minutes for taxi ride). Enjoy dinner at one of the many local favorites in Bricktown.
Morning – Begin at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, which honors the 168 lives lost and those that were changed forever by the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. Wander the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial, then enter the 50,000-square-foot interactive learning museum to hear the story of the tragedy and its aftermath through the voices, images and artifacts of survivors, family members and rescue workers (allow 2 hours). When booking your tour, be sure to ask about the “First Person” experience.
Lunch – Head back to Bricktown for a casual lunch at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill.
Afternoon – Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Boathouse District, including the OKC National High Performance Center where Olympic hopefuls in rowing and canoe/ kayak train. More adventurous groups can “challenge the dragon” with dragon boating on the Oklahoma River. Groups paddle to the beat of a drummer while learning what it takes to move the boat across the water as a team (allow 1.5 hours – more if you participate in any of the district activities).
Evening – Dinner on your own in the Bricktown Entertainment District. With more than 20 restaurants in a few short blocks, you’ll have a variety of foods to tempt your palate.
Morning – Spend the morning being creative with Blue Sage Studio, where a demonstration of glass blowing will show you the process of transforming molten glass into art (allow 1.5 hours). Next, see world-class art at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, including a comprehensive collection of glass sculptures and a 55-foot glass sculpture tower in the museum’s atrium by American artist Dale Chihuly. (Allow 1.5 hours)
Lunch – Iron Star Urban Barbeque offers a tasty spin on comfort foods. Here you can try many of the items on Oklahoma’s official State Meal such as BBQ pork, okra and cornbread. Be sure to try their Double Chocolate Bread Pudding!
Afternoon – Explore Oklahoma’s inspiring and adventurous past at the Oklahoma History Center, offering a beautifully designed exploration of Oklahoma history. Learn about all 38 federally recognized American Indian tribes in Oklahoma, celebrate Oklahoma’s involvement with the motion picture industry, step back in time and experience what it was like for the brave souls who settled Oklahoma’s Great Plain Country and experience significant events in Oklahoma history that have shaped it into what it is today – oil and gas, military, archaeological, and African American influences (allow 1.5-2 hours).
Evening – Stop by Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, smack in the middle of Oklahoma City’s Stockyards City, and soak in the rich history. Oklahoma City’s oldest restaurant once traded hands in a lucky roll of dice. Today, Cattlemen’s Steakhouse is known not only for its unique history, but mainly for its terrific food. Perfectly aged steaks, legendary breakfasts and classic desserts will please the hungriest of groups.
If in town on a Saturday evening….
The Centennial Rodeo Opry, Oklahoma’s official country music show, has been providing the best in family-friendly entertainment every Saturday night for nearly four decades. The Centennial Rodeo Opry in Stockyards City is where country music stars Bryan White, Katrina Elam and Cody Canada of Cross-Canadian Ragweed got their start and legends Wanda Jackson, Byron Berline, Reba McEntire, Kitty Wells and Jim Ed Brown have performed. You never know who you’ll catch at the Rodeo Opry, but you can always count on it being a top-notch, quality show with the best musicians, artists and stars of tomorrow. (Starts at 7:30 p.m. – approximately 2-hour show)