Oklahoma City's Adventure District Tour (Self Guided), Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City's Adventure District, created in 2000, is a region well known for its attractions. Don't hesitate to spend a couple of hours touring the great places this district has to offer, such as The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Remington Park, Oklahoma City Zoological Park, National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum and more.
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Oklahoma City's Adventure District Tour Map

Guide Name: Oklahoma City's Adventure District Tour
Guide Location: USA » Oklahoma City (See other walking tours in Oklahoma City)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.6 km
Author: JennyS
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The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

1) The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (must see)

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum features more than 28,000 Western and American Indian art works and artifacts. The facility also has the world's most extensive collection of American rodeo, photographs, barbed wire, saddlery, and early rodeo trophies. Museum collections focus on preserving and interpreting the heritage of the American West. The museum becomes an art gallery during the annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale each June. The Prix de West Artists sell original works of art as a fund raiser for the Museum.

It was established in 1955 as the Cowboy Hall of Fame and Museum, from an idea proposed by Chester A. Reynolds, to honor the cowboy and his era. The museum encompasses more than 200,000 square feet (19,000 m2) of display space, the museum's collection includes over 2,000 works of western art, the "William S. and Ann Atherton Art of the American West Gallery". There is a 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2) exhibit space which contains landscapes, portraits and sculptures by 19th and 20th-century artists. The Museum also houses Prosperity Junction, a 14,000-square-foot (1,300 m2) authentic turn-of-the-century Western prairie town.

Visitors can stroll the streets, peek in some of the store windows and actually walk into some of the fully furnished buildings. The town comes alive with historical figures once a year during the Museum's annual holiday open house, "A Night Before Christmas".

Operation hours: Daily: 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm.

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Cinemark Tinseltown USA movie theater

2) Cinemark Tinseltown USA movie theater

Cinemark Theatres is ranked the third largest chain of movie theatres in North America, founded in 1984. Moreover, it is the newest and the largest in Oklahoma. From outside you will see lots of colorful neon lighting and a wall covered with posters advertising the latest movies of the season.
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Remington Park

3) Remington Park (must see)

Remington Park was the first world-class pari-mutuel track in Oklahoma. It was built in 1988, by the late Edward J. DeBartolo Sr., the shopping mall developer. Remington Park is now owned by Global Gaming RP who purchased the facility via auction in 2009 from Magna Entertainment Corporation. Global Gaming began operations at Remington Park on January 1, 2010.

The track features an American Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa season in 2010 from March 5 to May 31. The Thoroughbred season begins August 19 and continues to December 11 in 2010. The main dirt track is one mile in circumference with the inner turf course measuring seven furlongs. Remington Park made headlines upon opening on September 1, 1988 for its use of a synthetic surface for its main track called Equitrack, which utilized grains of sand coated with a wax polymer. The intent was to provide a safe all-weather racing surface that would provide a fast condition for all races. Alas, the Equitrack experiment failed as the surface did not hold up during the very warm Oklahoma summers. Remington Park replaced Equitrack with a more traditional natural ingredient racing surface.

Remington Park now includes a casino with 750 slot machines. Remington Park hosts the richest race in Oklahoma, the $1,000,000 Heritage Place Futurity on May 29, 2010. The $400,000 Oklahoma Derby headlines the Thoroughbred season on October 10, 2010.

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Oklahoma City Science Museum

4) Oklahoma City Science Museum (must see)

The Science Museum Oklahoma is home to the Kirkpatrick Planetarium and a dome theater, as well as a number of specialized galleries. The museum began as the Kirkpatrick Planetarium in 1958, which moved to a permanent dome at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in 1962. Later that year, the Oklahoma Science and Arts Foundation was founded on the fairgrounds.

Kirkpatrick Air and Space Museum section of the museum preserves and honors the contributions of Oklahomans to aerospace. Notable artifacts include the Apollo Command Module simulator, an Apollo Lunar Module replica built by Canadian inventor William Lishman, and artifacts related to Oklahoman aviator Wiley Post. The museum also houses the Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame, which has a new second floor exhibit with pictures and biographies of the inductees.

The main exhibit hall with historical exhibits including full-scale models of Mercury, Gemini and Apollo capsules as well as the actual Apollo Command Module Simulator used to train Apollo astronauts, is currently closed for construction. The room can still be seen from a balcony in an obscure AWAC exhibit. The Dome Theater is currently the only theater of its kind in Oklahoma City. It is a large format theater running 15/70 mm film. The bulb inside the projector is 15,000 watts.

Operation hours: Monday to Friday: 9 am – 5 pm; Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm; Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm.

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Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden

5) Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden (must see)

The widely acclaimed Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is a zoo and botanical garden located in the Adventure District in northeast Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The zoo covers 110 acres (0.45 km²) and is home to more than 1,700 animals. It is open every day but Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day; an admission fee is charged. The Oklahoma City Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Association of Museums. The Oklahoma City Zoo opened the new Children's Zoo on March 12, 2010. Where kids can see and touch unusual barnyard animals in the "Barnyard". Spash in the Waterway, complete with waterfall, flamingos frolicking nearby and a koi pond. Explore natural play spaces and enjoy room to roam in "My Secret Forest". Discover all the creepy, crawly creatures that live in the "Underground". Other amusements within the zoo include a climbing wall, safari tram, a carousel, the Sea Lion Show, two small trains and swan paddleboats.

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Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum

6) Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum (must see)

The Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum is a museum owned and administered by the Oklahoma State Firefighters Association (OSFA). The museum is financed by the dues collected from more than 8,000 firefighters, and is located at 2716 N.E. 50th Street in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Groundbreaking for the museum building was performed on April 6, 1967 and was completed in 1969. The museum is devoted entirely to the preservation and display of antique fire apparatus and equipment. It contains a remarkable collection of antique gear, dating back to the mid-1700s, and also has the first fire station in Oklahoma Territory, built in 1864. Many items from the oldest fire company in the United States, commanded by Benjamin Franklin, are on display. Exhibits also include the world's largest patch collection and the distinctive mural The Last Alarm.

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National Softball Hall of Fame Museum

7) National Softball Hall of Fame Museum (must see)

National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum is a softball museum located in Oklahoma City's Adventure District. It includes the "Don E. Porter" Hall of Fame Stadium, home to the World Cup of Softball and the annual Women's College World Series. The Softball Hall of Fame is another hall of fame spot of softball located in Petersburg, Virginia. Some of the current members of the Softball Hall of Fame are still actively playing softball in Ohio. On February 17, 2007, the British Softball Federation enshrined 12 members into its inaugural Hall of Fame.

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Oklahoma Railway Museum

8) Oklahoma Railway Museum (must see)

The Oklahoma Railway Museum is a true adventure. Founded in 1972, the outdoor museum offers a great exhibition of diesel locomotives, a variety of railcars and authentic dining cars, all from the mid 20th century, and some valuable older items such as 1878 cabooses. It also has a nice collection of passengers cars. The museum hosts several railroad events and model train shows.
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45th Infantry Division Museum

9) 45th Infantry Division Museum (must see)

The 45th Infantry Division Museum is a military museum that was funded by the Oklahoma Military Department and the 45th Infantry Division Association. It consists of a 27,000 square-foot exhibit space and you may see World War II and Korean-era artillery, uniforms and firearms. There's also an outdoor military park where you will find more than 35 military vehicles and weapons.

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