11424 NW 4th Street
Yukon, OK 73099
Phone: (405) 577-6500
Fax: (405) 577-6501
Route 66 Park sits along the beautiful Lake Overholser and its main feature is the three-story Cyrus Avery Observation Tower that overlooks the scenic lake. The park is the largest in the city's park system and it's full of fun activities for the whole family. In addition to the aforementioned tower, it has a small amphitheater, walking trails, ponds and a skate park. Don't forget to check out the historic map of the 'Mother Road' in the plaza before or after your visit, it displays the 34 landmarks from Illinois to California.
Hot, humid and sticky summer afternoons in Oklahoma are brutal and consistent. To cool off, bring the family to White Water Bay, the city's largest and most popular water park. The park is fun for all ages, where little tykes can splash around in the shallow 'Kids Kove' and the bigger kids (adults included) take the scarier rides like the 'Acapulco Cliff Dive', 'Pirates Plunge' and 'Cannonball Falls'. For those who aren't in search of thrills, a tranquil inner tube ride down the 'Lazy River' or a comfy beach chair to catch some rays are also perfect options to while away the time. The park is open seasonally; check the website for opening details and calendar.
The Will Rogers Park & Garden Center contains the Ed Lycan Conservatory, the Charles E. Sparks Rose Garden, the Margaret Annis Boys Arboretum and the Will Rogers Exhibition Center. The entire park is truly a sight to behold with its lush green fields that cover over 130 acres and tons of botanical wonders spread throughout its trails. Visitors and residents are always here on balmy summer evenings to watch the sunset or to take a leisurely stroll. For more sporty activities, the park also contains a Frisbee-golf course and it is the location for the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.
City dwellers consider this park to be one of their favorites and it is always bursting at the seams with people. This place has it all, there are playgrounds, picnic tables, soccer and softball fields, a golf course, and a nine-mile jogging and biking trail, it is easy to see why it's so packed. Most afternoons you can see kites or model airplanes flying high overhead and colorful sailboats cruising along Lake Hefner, which is adjacent to the park.
This district of town, known as Stockyards City, is home to the largest cattle market in the world. In fact, it was these stock yards that provided the impetus for the state's first major industry. Over the last century, the area had fallen into decline and decay since its inception in 1910, however today the area has been revitalized without losing its authentic 'Old-West' feel. A highlight of the stockyard is a stroll over a walkway that hovers above some of the massive beasts. The shops primarily focus on a variety of western wear, from cowboy hats and boots to Bolo ties and even spurs! It's also pretty accurate to assume that the restaurants in the district serve some of the best steaks in the Midwest, don't forget Cattlemen's Steakhouse. While this area could be considered "touristy," it remains an essential place to visit to get a true picture of 'Ol' OKC'.
Paw Park is located right by Oklahoma City's Lake Hefner and its the definitive favorite of the canine population of the city. This park has everything a dog could want (and its owner) with two different fenced in free run spaces for large and small dogs, trees, a swimming pond, water stations and even a fire hydrant. Paw Park is repeatedly voted one of the Best Dog Parks in the United States by various reputable publications.
Stockyards City is a historical part of town that showcases all things Western. When settlers arrived, they used the area as a cattleyard and over the decades it became dotted with packing plants throughout. Today, the cattle market still functions as one of the largest in the world. The packing warehouses are gone, most are replaced with western wear shops and great restaurants, try the popular Cattlemen's Steakhouse, the steaks are outstanding. One of the highlights for guests is the ability to saunter out over a walkway to see the bovines mooing below in the National Stockyards Exchange. If you would like to see a place that played an integral role in the city's history, come down and check out this interesting neighborhood, you might even find that perfect cowboy hat!
Enjoy the great outdoors at this 158 acre park. With walking trails, half basketball courts and picnic areas, this is the perfect place to spend the day. Children will love playing on the large playground with swings and a play area. The park is well-known for its soccer fields where the South Lakes Soccer Club hold games throughout the year. If you don't want to play a spot, just walk around and enjoy the scenery. Have a picnic by one of the two lakes and admire the waterfall next to the pedestrian bridge.
Wheeler Park, situated along the Oklahoma River, was the original site of the city zoo. Named after the land donor James B. Wheeler, it is a popular recreational spot among locals and visitors. This 43-acre (17-hectare) green space encompasses baseball and athletics fields, the Eggeling Stadium, playgrounds and bike trails. Unwind with a picnic on one of their cozy spots or work a sweat with a game of softball.
This museum is housed in the ornate Mid-Continent Life Insurance building and its primary goal is to inform visitors about the many contributions that Oklahomans have provided to their state and country. Some of the highlights are the 'Bust Gallery', which displays the sculptured likenesses of famous Oklahomans like Maria Tallchief, Ralph Ellison and Mickey Mantle. There is also an interactive exhibit about the Chickasaw Nation and the Chesapeake Oklahoma Theater is located inside. Additionally, the museum provides a backdrop for other events such as field trips, workshops, weddings, etc. Check website for more details and information.
Oklahoma has some of the most prohibitive and strict regulations on liquor in the entire country. Any alcohol with a content above 4%ABV (alcohol by volume) is sold at room temperature in state-licensed stores. So, the Coop Ale Works has to sell its beers at this temp because the ABV is over the limit. Unfortunately, you cannot buy these cold, but at the brewery located just north of downtown, visitors can come and taste some of the quality, handcrafted beers that are sold cold throughout restaurants and bars around the city. One other note, you cannot buy these beers in bulk here, to find them, check their website for a list of state-licensed retailers.
Martin Park provides a little natural respite for Oklahoma City's denizens with its nearly three miles of foot trails amongst thick foliage and plenty of local fauna. Visitors can reserve nature guides who describe the region's natural history or they can come alone to enjoy the tranquility. Either option notwithstanding, the park has informational stands along the way that tell you about native plants and animals. A couple of other relaxing activities include feeding turtles in the freshwater pond or taking a moment to bird watch. Highlights for the kids include 'Prairie Dog-Town' and the 'Squirrel Observatory', both are informative and fun. Whether you are alone or with the family, an afternoon strolling through the park is a great way to unwind. Admission is free.