With 1,700+ animals it has all of the typical zoo creatures such as lions, tigers, leopards, chimpanzees, bears, bison, etc. However, with the Children's’ Zoo added in 2010, you can expect your younger children to be totally entertained.
First, there is the beautiful Botanical Garden of which the city is very proud. Second is Aquaticus, which is located in the Noble Aquatic Center. There you will find sea life from around the world from sharks to sea lions.
Take note that a visit to the Oklahoma City Zoo could actually extend to several days, when you realize what is around the corner. Namely, very close to the Zoo are the Science Museum, the Firefighters Museum, the National Cowboy Museum, Tinseltown USA and a first class golf course.
The Oklahoma City Zoo is one of the top zoos in the US with just about any animal you would expect to see. They have some great special exhibits. Cat Forest reveals the lives of tigers, lions and snow leopards whereas the award winning Great EscAPE features the lives of Orangutans, gorillas and Chimpanzees. Other super exhibits include Island Life and Butterfly Garden.
Oklahoma City's vibrant and spirited environment blends well with the famous Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre. This venue is well known for its live musical events with big names performers. Other attractions at the Amphitheatre include plays, public meetings, concerts, dance programs and the circus. Check the Amphitheatre’s web site for scheduled events.
The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City started out as a Hall of Fame which honored the American cowboy. It has now grown to be a world class museum with some great collections of artifacts and art which dovetails with its original emphasis. Visiting this museum is like taking a step back in the old American west.
The Museum’s primary goals are to preserve the heritage of the old west and present it to the public in ways that are clearly understood.
By fulfilling these goals, the Museum’s collections and presentations are well known all over the world and their visitors’ count is in the millions per year.
Occasionally, the Museum turns into an art gallery by having a showing and a sale of western art by distinguished artists.
The Museum has a research center which sponsors educational programs which motivate interest in the history of the American West. This center also serves as a library of related subjects.
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City is huge with 200,000 square feet of exhibits as well as Prosperity Junction, a replica of the quintessential Western town.
Major exhibitions include the American Cowboy Gallery, the American Rodeo Gallery, Weitzenhoffer Gallery of Fine American Firearms, Native American Gallery, and others.
This museum is quite complete with a state-of-the-art theater, a planetarium and much more.
Their interactive exhibits and their excellent displays make your visit both educational and entertaining. Both you and your children will love the "Tinkering Garage" exhibit which provides all of the tools for creative tinkering.
Who knows, you may discover an inventor in the family. The "Destination Space" is a collection of some excellent space artifacts. Included in this collection is the actual Mission Simulator of the Apollo Command Module.
The Museum‘s "Science Live" program involves a science show that can be seen each day. Visitors will observe the mystique of both physics and chemistry including some controlled chemical explosions.
The "Gadget Trees" show-cases the tallest spiral slide known to exist. This is just one of many interactive exhibits at the Science Museum Oklahoma. If you are looking for souvenirs they have some terrific ideas in the Science Shop.