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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Attractions, Facts and Trivia

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is within 500 miles of most of the U.S. Attractions include the Brickyard Water Taxi, Oklahoma City Zoo, National Cowboy Museum and Western Heritage Museum, world-class restaurants and more. Oklahoma City is a medium sized town with an interesting history that encompasses both Native American culture and westward expansion.

Oklahoma City is a medium sized, mid-western city near the heart of the state of Oklahoma. It is the state capitol and has a bustling economy in terms of business and tourism. The economy of Oklahoma City is supported by a population of nearly 600,000 people according to the 2010 census.

Getting there

Oklahoma City is accessible by the interstates of I-35, I-40 and via I-44. Travelers Aid Airport volunteers are always ready to answer tourism questions at the nearby Will Rogers World Airport. Nonstop air travel is available from here to 26 destinations across the country. If these transportation options aren't enough, Oklahoma City is also served by Amtrak and Greyhound.

Local transportation options

Visitors can get around by Oklahoma City METRO Transit or by a private or rented automobile. Downtown visitors can ride the Oklahoma Spirit Trolley. Currently, the trolly price is .25 each ride. One day and three day passes are available.

Numerous attractions make visiting Oklahoma City interesting for families and couples. A few of the more popular attractions include:

Bricktown Water Taxi

An alternative to bus tours, the Bricktown Water Taxi has been in operation for more than a decade and has been used by more than 1 million people. All day passes for adults, youth and children are available. The company also has discounted passes for seniors and the disabled.

The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is the home of the famous 'End of the Trail' statue. It stands approximately 17 feet tall and is about 14 feet wide. Other exhibitions at the museum include a replica of a western town, movie memorabilia and Native American artwork.

Do the zoo

This Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden bears the distinction of being one of the top three zoos in the country. It was given the designation by the readers of 10Best.com in 2012. A huge display of varied animal and plant life and butterfly garden is available at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. However; this is only part of the attraction. The zoo is recognized for its conservation projects and species survival plans. At the time of this writing, adult admission is $8.00. Discounts are offered for children, groups, seniors and members of the military.

Here are a few facts and some trivia about Oklahoma City that you might not know.

  • The first shopping cart was built in 1937. The first grocery store to use Standard Food Markets.
  • Oklahoma is the only state with a working oil well on the grounds of the state capitol building. It is located at 23rd and Lincoln in Oklahoma City.
  • It is equidistant between Los Angeles and New York.
  • The first parking meter to be installed anywhere in the world was put to work in Oklahoma City in 1935.

Photo credit: VisitOKC.com

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