Well, when I first thought about writing this post, it really was cold outside. However in typical Oklahoma fashion, today was 82 degrees. These are still some really fun places to visit whatever the weather.
The Myraid Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City: a lush floral garden in the middle of the city. There is even a waterfall inside!
The Oklahoma Aquarium in Tulsa: this is by far the largest aquarium within hundreds of miles. There is a walk through shark tank, a lot of hands of displays for the kids, a large variety of fish and aquatic animals, along with a new turtle display coming soon. If you can make it, they also have a behind the scenes shark tank tour on selected days where you can walk on a catwalk above the tank.
The Sam Noble Museum of Natural History in Oklahoma City: this one was a wonderful find for our family. It features a large area with dinosaur skeletons (including a two story high brontosaurus), an Oklahoma Native American display, insect collections, and other natural history exhibits. A wonderful deal too, for just a couple dollars a person. It is on the campus of Oklahoma State University. The gift shop and a large kids play/discovery area added to the charm of the place.
The Oklahoma City Capitol building: what impressed us was the huge central dome painted a variety of pastel colors. They offer free tours to the public which we found very informative and engaging. If you go when the legislature in out of session, you can tour the Supreme Court of Oklahoma chambers. We also were able to tour the House of Representatives. My daughter got to pretend she was the Speaker of the House. The have a small gift shop, not much there, but the tour was worth the visit.
Incredible Pizza in Tulsa: More than just pizza, this place has a huge buffet, with a fair amount of healthy choices, more games than any play-place I have ever seen. There is an indoor roller coaster, golf course, rides for small children, video games for the older kids and an indoor go-cart race track. It is a bit pricey: about $17.00 per person, but you get to play a LOT of games and you could stay all day, and go back to the food bar as many times as you want. Not a bad deal for a once a winter activity.
So there you have it, the free to the slightly pricey things to do in Oklahoma in any kind of weather! Enjoy!