Oklahoma City’s Adventure District Offers Entertainment for Entire Family
February 11, 2019
Whether you’re looking for an adults-only night out gambling and dining or an entire week’s worth of jam-packed entertainment for the whole family, you’ll find it all in Oklahoma City’s Adventure District. This compact area in northeast OKC at the crossroads of I-35 and I-44 is filled with some of Oklahoma’s most outstanding attractions for tourists and locals alike. Those age 21 and up are sure to find plenty of excitement at Remington Park, a racetrack and 24-hour casino that also offers pubs and fine dining. Just across the street from Remington, fun for the whole family awaits at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens, where just last August they opened Sanctuary Asia. This new section of an already world-class facility extends the Asian elephant herd’s existing habitat, in addition to creating new habitats for red pandas, Indian rhinos, langurs, Komodo dragons, Tanuki (raccoon dog) and cassowary birds. A two-story restaurant with a view into the elephant, rhino and Komodo dragon habitats was also part of the expansion, along with a splash zone in the courtyard where children can play during the warmer months. Science Museum Oklahoma, the zoo’s neighbor to the west, offers eight acres of hands-on science experiences along with thousands of space, aviation and cultural artifacts to peruse. "CurioCity," the museum’s new 20,000-square-foot exhibit, encourages learning through play with the use of interactive devices in unusual settings. Considered by some to be the crown jewel of Oklahoma’s tourist attractions, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum sits to the north atop Persimmon Hill. Home to one of the nation’s finest collections of Western art, the museum’s more than 2,000 pieces include its iconic End of the Trail sculpture as well as work by masters like Frederick Remington and Charles Russell. Exhibits include Prosperity Junction, a replica turn-of-the-Century cattle town. And visitors can even sit for a spell to watch a classic western film in the Western Performers Gallery. A large collection of turn-of-the-century fire engines once used in Oklahoma communities can be found in the Oklahoma Firefighters Museum, along with the finest specimens of firefighting equipment anywhere. Exhibits relate firefighting history, from bucket brigades to today's state-of-the-art equipment. Across the road at the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame it quickly becomes easy to see why softball is one of the nation’s most popular team sports to play. Established in 1957, the museum covers the colorful history of the game from its invention in 1887 to today, and shines a spotlight on its greatest players. Although it hasn’t all been covered here, OKC’s Adventure District clearly offers hours on hours of fun, excitement, and learning opportunities for the entire family.