Welcome to the Adventure District!
The Adventure District is located in Oklahoma City, just to the northeast from downtown and the Bricktown area. It’s East of I-35, North of I-40, and South of I-44, just a 10-15 minute drive from downtown. You will most likely approach this area from 50th St. from I-35, and you will see this sign welcoming you.
Let me introduce you to our Adventure District!
The first sign you will see is a greeting from the Railway Museum, which is off 36th & Grand, just a mile south, but part of the Adventure District. The first & third Saturday of the month from April to August you can take a 40-minute train ride on a historic passenger coach pulled by a vintage diesel locomotive.
Next is the Firefighter’s Museum. This is a very nice museum. My dad was a Firefighter and worked at the museum with the Oklahoma State Firefighters Association. There are antique fire trucks, equipment, patches, and even a tour you can take. My dad donated some items to the museum that he received from my pen pal who lives in Paris, France. I have been writing to her for over 20 years!
When you drive up to the museum you will see a memorial for Fallen Firefighters. It is a very nice memorial.
Across the street is the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex and Museum. They host the NCAA Women’s College World Series, the Big 12 Conference, the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award. They have a timeline of the history of the Amateur Softball Association and computers where visitors can look up the members of local association Halls of Fame, the Medals and Elite Umpire programs and ASA national champions. They host the USA Softball games as well. Although our local OU team made it to the top 4 this year in college softball, they did not earn 3rd time national champions. The Florida Seminoles got that honor this year.
Oklahoma City Zoo
Across the lake from the Firefighters Museum is the Oklahoma City Zoo. The zoo opened in 1902 (statehood 1907) and was in two locations before settling to the current location. It is on 191 acres with over 1,900 animals. They have done a lot of remodeling and updates.
In celebration of our centennial (2007), they created an exhibit called “Oklahoma Trails” which has a replica of Turner Falls and has many native animals of Oklahoma.
They even have Stingray Bay, where you can feed and pet stingrays, plus a sea lion show. The grounds are full of trees, bulbs, flowers, and full of botanical beauty. There are also new sensory stations/locations for those needing a little extra quiet or space. So much to see!
Feed the Animals!
Oklahoma Science Museum
Next door to the zoo is the Science Museum. It features a planetarium, and many hands on exhibits. Some of the exhibits have been there since I was in grade school, but they have added so many new exhibits. When pulling up into the parking lot you may notice an anchor, propeller, and bell. They are from the USS Oklahoma which was sunk in Pearl Harbor during World War II.
Remington Park Racing & Casino
Across the street from the Science Museum and the Zoo is our one and only Horse Racing Casino. I am not a casino person, but it is a nice casino that was built in 1988. The park features an American Quarter Horse, Paint, and Appaloosa racing season from March through June. The Thoroughbred season begins August through December. So if you are staying some extra days in August, this might be a fun place for you to visit!
Be sure to read about my date night blog at Remington Park in May!
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Part of the Adventure District is the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. It is located a little over a mile north of the zoo/science museum off 63rd & Martin Luther King.
This museum features artifacts and exceptional artwork of Native Americans. The facility also has the world’s most extensive collection of American rodeo photographs, barb wire, saddlery, and early rodeo trophies. Museum collections focus on preserving and interpreting the heritage of the American West. Plus–there is a replica of a life size 1900’s town, and kids really love this because it includes a jail! Or maybe you want to lock up your OM (haha)! They also have exhibits about Western books and Western movie actors/actresses. This is truly a world class museum and does not disappoint!
Beautiful Outdoor Gardens
The famous “End of the Trail” Sculpture by James Earle Fraser
45th Infantry Division Museum
The 45th Infantry Museum is part of the Adventure District, it’s located on 2145 NE 36th St in Oklahoma City. It offers a spectacular collection of military artifacts. Exhibits in the museum present these fascinating objects to narrate the military history of Oklahoma’s own 45th Infantry Division of the National Guard, also known as the Thunderbirds.
The museum highlights other aspects of American military history as well. The museum showcases intriguing exhibits such as the Reaves Firearm Collection, in which basic infantry and cavalry weapons from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War are displayed.
One of the most important items in the collection is the Mosby Cannon, a Confederate cannon that was captured by the Union army in 1863 during the Civil War. Over 200 World War II cartoons by 45th Infantry Division soldier Bill Mauldin, most produced from 1944 to 1945, reside in the museum.
Photos from Google
The American Pigeon Museum and Library
Yes, you read that right! Pigeons! The American Pigeon Museum & Library (APM&L) was originally formed in 1973 as the American Homing Pigeon Institute (AHPI). In 1993, due to the efforts of the sport, the AHPI purchased the 10 acres where the World of Wings and APM&L now reside. The World of Wings was developed so people could come and learn about the many varieties of pigeons and to enjoy our beautiful surroundings.
Through the last 40 years, the museum has collected historically significant items from various pigeon fanciers but received several major contributions of materials from prominent members of the hobby.
In 2013, the museum was moved into our new state-of-the-art building which was built on the west side of the property. The new facility is larger and offers more space and security for the display and storing of our collections.
Our new facility opened in January 2014 and it has been continually receiving visitors since it’s opening. Our visitors include pigeon fanciers from all over the world and non-pigeon people who visit to learn about this amazing bird and how it’s earned its reputation as man’s oldest feathered friend.
This is an experience the entire family will enjoy!
Information from the APLM website at http://www.theamericanpigeonmuseum.org/
Photos from Google
Well friends, I hope you can see there really is plenty to do and see in OKC! I am really looking forward to meeting everyone and sharing my tidbits with you in person!