This zoo in OKC is consistently rated as one of the best zoos in the United States, home to nearly 3,000 animals, it definitely is one of the largest. Some featured exhibits include the Cat Forest and Lion Overlook, in which you can see lions, tigers, jaguars and leopards. The 'Great Escape' showcases gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees and other primate life. One of the zoo's most popular attractions is 'Aquaticus', an aquarium extravaganza that features a dolphin and sea lion spectacle. The zoo is also very active in the community, it provides nature classes, labs, tours and 'Zoomobiles' for all ages. At the end of the day, guests usually catch the show under the stars at the Zoo Amphitheater.
This home was built for one of the Oklahoma City's most beloved benefactors, William Overholser. Now nearly a century old, this residence that's reminiscent of a French chateau gives visitors a glimpse into Oklahoma's early development. Overholser was a successful businessman and the first president of the city's chamber of commerce. The interior of the home retains its original antique furnishings and some of the other highlights include imported rugs and decorative stained glass windows. Tours are given every hour starting at 10.
What started out as one of the first shopping districts in 1929 gradually evolved to become a haven for jazz musicians, students and small businesses by the end of the 1950s. The end of this era brought with it the counter-culture which determined the atmosphere of the Paseo in the 1960's, but it was only until the next decade that it became one of the country's finest art districts. It fell into some decay through the 80's, however today it has been revitalized and the shops host food, art and music festivals year-round. Don't forget the district's 'First Friday Art Walk', where everyone comes out to buy and sell local wares.
Come experience a close encounter with exotic animals at Tiger Safari. The park has over 100 animals that you can get up close and personal with like tigers, leopards, lions, wallabys, lemurs, camels, bears and much much more. Kids and adults will love visiting with all these interesting animals, and the park offers all kinds of different packages for groups like special tours and camping.
Cleveland County, home to Norman, Oklahoma and its Sooners, has a rich frontier history. This home, constructed in 1900 and now on the National Register of Historical Places, has been preserved by the city to serve as a living museum. As visitors explore the house, they will find exhibits detailing county history from the Land Run to Oklahoma statehood. The architectural style is Queen Anne, and rooms are furnished with period antiques and stained-glass windows. This is a wonderful attraction for both history and architecture or interior design buffs. Admission is free.
Beautifully manicured lawns and eye catching beds of flowers are something you will find at the Hambrick Botanical Gardens. This garden is a part of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and has three other gardens adjacent to it. This charming little green space is nice and shady with huge trees in it and the streams that flow by give the garden a soothing effect.