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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Hit the rails

If you are looking to travel in the tradition of a bygone era (or just want to avoid gridlock and road rage), then Oklahoma City’s Heartland Flyer may be your ideal way to travel. Leaving from the Santa Fe Station at 8:25 a.m., the Heartland Flyer makes a daily round trip to the Amtrak station in Ft. Worth and back to OKC. From Ft. Worth, connections are available to Dallas, Chicago or San Antonio via the Texas Eagle.

The Heartland Flyer, which is usually made up of two Superliner Coaches and a Superliner II Coach/Café Car, comes wired for electricity with outlets dispersed throughout the train. With more leg room than most automobiles, you can stretch out and enjoy the scenic view of southern Oklahoma during your trip. The train is also part of the National Park Service’s Trails & Rails program, an innovative partnership that highlights the natural and cultural heritage of the land along the train’s path. Between May and October, a National Park Service guide from the Chickasaw National Recreation Area will provide on board narratives about the history of southern Oklahoma.

In addition to taking you south of the Red River, the Heartland Flyer makes stops in Norman, Purcell, Pauls Valley and Ardmore, giving you the option of taking in the history and attractions of other Oklahoma towns before catching the return train to Oklahoma City.

attractions, day-trip
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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On the road to adventure

Adventure Road Logo

All this talk about travel got you itching for a road trip, but you don’t know where to start? Lucky for you, Adventure Road has trip resources along Interstate 35, with information on more than 200 stops along the way (including several right here in OKC!).

Check out their website for trips centered around subjects, like foodie adventures or girls’ getaways, and for deals on destinations near year. You can even save destinations and itineraries for the future, so you will be prepared no matter when or where wanderlust hits you. 

attractions, day-trip, food
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

2016 Oklahoma City Visitors Guide

Have some friends or family coming to town or simply need another resource to help you discover more of Oklahoma City? The Oklahoma City Vistors Guide is a magazine you need to get to know.

The 2015 version is hot off the presses and if there is fun to be had in OKC you will find the info you need inside. Everything from festival and event listings, district guides and even some ideas of free things to do dot the pages. If you want to be a true citizen of Oklahoma City be sure to check out Iconic OKC to check off stuff from your OKC bucket list. With Valentine’s Day around the corner you might even get some great ideas of how to spend that special evening with that special someone.




attractions, festivals, free, publication
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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What to OKC in February

Thanks to our partners at each month, you can take your own virtual tour with a new “What to OKC” video highlighting that month’s events and attractions. And then you can dive deeper to get area highlights and happenings, as well as local trips for your specific interest – outdoors, sports, history, the arts, nightlife and more.

The videos post to the main page of at the beginning of each month. You can check out February’s video now. You should also visit the VisitOKC YouTube channel to catch up on past videos you missed (along with other great content). 

While we at The Better Life Blog can’t imagine living anywhere else, we realize that Oklahoma City certainly would be fun to visit as well. Come join us and (OK)See.

arts and culture, attractions, nightlife, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Let us help with New Year’s resolution

The year is new and that means it is time to come up with a plan for 2016. We are all going to hit the gym but let’s go with something a little more realistic. Here are our three suggestions:

Resolution: Save Money
This is a bit of a cheat because if you live in Oklahoma City you are already doing this. OKC consistently has one of the lowest costs of living in the U.S. Check out our handy cost of living calculator to see how much money you save by simply living the better life in OKC.

Resolution: Get to Know OKC
Whether you are new to the metro or have lived here all your life we promise you there are sides of OKC you need to discover and explore. Of course our blog is the perfect start but also check out our friends over at The will also do a great job of keeping you informed on the can’t-miss events in OKC.

Resolution: Be an Ambassador
We love nothing more than spreading the gospel of OKC 24-7. However, nothing is more valuable than hearing recommendations from someone you know personally. Help be an ambassador for our community. Know someone thinking about moving? Introduce them to our website, sign them up for our blog and show them the e-magazine VeloCity.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Send your friends a taste of OKC this holiday season

If you have lived in Oklahoma City for long, you probably recognize all the awesome qualities that make this community such a great place to live. And since this is the season of giving, why not share the OKC-love with family and friends? Since it would be pretty difficult to wrap up the Devon Tower and place it under your Christmas tree (without the help of the North Pole, that is), we have an easier way to share Oklahoma City’s story.

VeloCity, the digital magazine of Oklahoma City, just launched its newest issue filled with info on OKC’s foodie scene, the abundance of adrenaline-filled activities throughout the city and more. Read the current issue at and view all the back issues at

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Visitors Guide Suggestions

Oklahoma City National Memorial at night

No need to keep on pretending it’s your birthday at a casual dining chain restaurant for a good time: visitors, newcomers and old-school residents alike will appreciate this guide to other great ideas for free activities in OKC, including the OKC National Memorial, Land Run Monument, Cattle Auctions, State Capitol tours and more. While you’re at it, check out some of the other picks for what to do in Oklahoma City when you’re sporting a little more green!


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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Invite your out-of-town friends to play in OKC

Bricktown Canal

Whether you’ve just moved here or lived here a long time, you can pitch Oklahoma City as a great destination for visitors to your out-of-town friends, and we at The Better Life Blog are happy to help tell them why.

After all, this year National Geographic named Oklahoma City as a “must-see,” “go-now” destination in its Best Trips 2015 list for good reason.

Here are some ideas for your own adventure:

  • Oklahoma City has a collection of truly world-class and won’t-see-them-anywhere else museums that will keep you busy for days. The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is a must-visit for anyone who comes to our community. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and Oklahoma City Art Museum should also be at the top of any to-do list. Get a comprehensive list of all the great OKC museums here.
  • Rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board, go zip lining across the Oklahoma River on the SandRidge Sky Zip or climb the six-story SandRidge Sky Trail at the Boathouse District, where next year, you’ll also be able to enjoy outdoor whitewater rafting on a course that’s under construction and scheduled to open in 2016. Find out more from RIVERSPORT Adventures.
  • Go to Oklahoma City’s Adventure District and tour the Oklahoma City Zoo, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Science Museum Oklahoma, or watch horse racing at Remington Park Racing and Casino.
  • Explore the city’s other districts and local shopping and dining. Get outside at Lake Hefner, Lake Overholser, in the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge, or at one of the many city parks, such as Martin Park Nature Center, a 140-acre park that feels like an escape from urban life. The Myriad Botanical Gardens are also a treat, whether you stay in the outside gardens, attend an event there or tour the rainforest atmosphere inside the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory.

There is plenty more in Oklahoma City to see and do. So sell your out-of-town friends on Oklahoma City as a place to visit. You’ll get to see them on a regular basis and make good memories with all that this place has to offer.

If you need additional help with the sell (and we don’t think you will), tell them that this year Travel and Leisure Magazine recently named Oklahoma City as the fifth friendliest city in America.

Start planning your trip online at and get more ideas by exploring The Better Life Blog.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Check out the OKC Visitors Guide for ideas

For additional help with planning and ideas, check out the Oklahoma City Visitors Guide. Published and updated each year, the Visitors Guide gives you ideas for shopping, dining, taking part in outdoor recreation, enjoying family-friendly activities, checking out the city’s sports scenes, night life and more.

There are couple’s retreat ideas, girls’ getaways and featured Oklahoma City attractions, as well as maps to help you get around. The Guide will also give you a glimpse of the unique atmospheres you’ll find in our many area districts – the Adventure District, Film Row, Asian District, Automobile Alley, Boathouse District, Bricktown Entertainment District, Midtown, Uptown 23, the Paseo Arts District, Plaza District, Stockyards City and Western Avenue. Each offers a combination restaurants, shopping, attractions and events based on the district’s individual character.

You can even see a schedule of festivals, sporting events, visual and performing arts happenings and more, so you’ll know exactly what to do when you visit.

The Oklahoma City Visitors Guide is available in magazine version by request or online as a Digital Visitors Guide.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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#SeeOKC online before you venture out

“Oklahoma City offers all of the culture, cuisine, attractions and amenities you’d expect in a modern metropolis,” reads the home page of Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau’s newly redesigned website,

And there is plenty to explore on the website if you are still wondering what to (OK)See in Oklahoma City, to borrow the CVB’s new slogan.

Each month, you can take your own virtual tour with a new “What to OKC” video highlighting that month’s events and attractions. And then you can dive deeper to get area highlights and happenings, as well as local trips for your specific interest – outdoors, sports, history, the arts, nightlife and more.

While we at The Better Life Blog can’t imagine living anywhere else, we realize that Oklahoma City certainly would be fun to visit as well. Come join us and (OK)See.

arts and culture, attractions, food
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sights to See in Southern Oklahoma

The communities along the Interstate 35 corridor between Oklahoma City and the state’s southern boundary are full of attractions that warrant a trip in their own right. Get to know your state as you explore these southern points!

With its close ties to the University of Oklahoma, this town is a quick escape from Oklahoma City with attractions for every age. You would be remiss if you missed Norman’s museums and educational attractions, including the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. This museum gives new meaning to the prehistoric age as it walks you through four billion years of the earth’s history. If you prefer post-impressionism to Pentaceratops, visit the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Learn more about current exhibitions at the museum.

Pauls Valley
Calling all kids and kids at heart! The Toy and Action Figure Museum was ranked as one of Time Magazine’s “Top 50 Most Authentic American Experiences” and offers more than 13,000 classic pop culture figures for you to enjoy. The museum walks you through the toy-making process from concept through manufacturing and has an interactive area if you feel the urge to play. The museum is also home to the Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection, which features Oklahoma cartoonists like Chester Gould (of Dick Tracy) and Jack and Carole Bender (from Alley Oop).

Sulphur and Davis
Just east of I-35, the towns of Sulphur and Davis are in the heart of the Chickasaw Nation and are an easy distance to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and the Lake of the Arbuckles. The Chickasaw National Recreation Area  is Oklahoma’s oldest national park and offers campsites and opportunities for biking, boating, water sports and hiking, to name a few. Nearby is the Chickasaw Cultural Center, a can’t-miss glimpse into the history, heritage and way of life of the Chickasaws.  While in Davis, indulge your sweet tooth by paying a visit to Bedré Fine Chocolate Factory, which provides a behind the scenes look that could only be topped by Willy Wonka himself. Delectable chocolates are produced Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and don’t worry – you can buy these tasty chocolates on site (chocolate covered chips, anyone?).  

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Adventures in Oklahoma City

For those of you with school-aged kids or school-related jobs, it’s time to start planning your Spring Break adventure so you can make the most of the time off. Oklahoma City-area attractions offer all kinds of ways to entertain your little ones, whether with visits or longer-term camps. This week, we’ll offer some ideas to visit with your children, entertain them while you work or just to explore by yourself. Consider this your own personal Spring Break Book of Lists.

First, for an extensive list of things to do at any time, dive into the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website, For this blog, we’ll give you a snapshot:

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015


As we’ve said time and time again, it is hard for us to hit on every hot spot and exciting event Oklahoma City and its surrounding communities host. However, if you are interested in learning more about the communities we talked about this week or any of the great cities around OKC, you should check out

VisitOKC is the official website of Oklahoma City’s Convention and Tourism Bureau so they know a thing or two about where to visit in our region. The site is easy to use and allows you to search for fun times by interest. You can search for interests from History and Heritage to Family Fun and everything in between.

The website is a handy resource for when you want to explore Oklahoma City and even includes suggested itineraries based on your interests. Want to hit all the must-see places in OKC? They’ve got you covered but with that much to do it might take more than a day. Heck, why not create your own itinerary? It is super easy.

So before your next outing to explore Greater Oklahoma City, hit up to maximize your entertainment and minimize the cool stuff you might miss.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Best of 2014

It is time to say goodbye to 2014 and what a year it has been for OKC. Oklahoma City celebrated its 125th birthday, the Thunder had another great season, pro soccer came to OKC, GE announced a huge project in our town and much, much more.   

This time of the year is filled with “Best of Lists.” Best of music, best of movies, best of television … you get the idea. So why not us? So here are our favorite posts of the past year. Below is a good example of what this blog is all about so you can easily share with your friends and show them why this blog is such a good and entertaining resource. Consider it a “Here-are-five-important-things-a-newbie-to-OKC-needs-to-know” list:

  • Trails Without Tribulations- Oklahoma City has an extensive and impressive trail system for outdoor enthusiasts.
  • A Work of Art- From our world-class art museum to many festivals, art is an important part of life in OKC.
  • Live on the Music- OKC is melting pot of music. Everyone from the Flaming Lips to Garth Brooks and jazz pioneer Charlie Christian have called OKC home. Live music can be found all over the metro on any given night.
  • Par for the Course- With more than 3,000 hours of sunlight each year and more than 33 courses in metro OKC alone, golf is a hidden recreational gem in the Sooner State.
  • Show Off Oklahoma City to Visitors- Oklahoma City is home to some amazing attractions and museums.

Always remember our blog is a resource for you. Never hesitate to hit us up on Facebook or Twitter with questions or ideas. All our posts are also tagged by topic so you can easily find past blogs for information, everything from attractions to downtown and much more.

So with that we bid 2014 a fond farewell. Stay tuned because we have a sneaky suspicion that 2015 will be even better.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Share the story of OKC

We love to show off our city to out-of-town guests and there’s no better time than the holidays. Once you finish your holiday feast, head out to explore some of the exciting activities in the city.

  • Treat the whole family to an unforgettable experience at the Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory.  We love the tranquil setting and the out-of-this-world playground area, but our favorite activity during the holidays has to be the ice-skating rink. Hours for the ice rink have been extended throughout the holiday season.     
  • Science Museum Oklahoma, one of our favorite destinations for family fun, houses so many hands-on science experiments that we have a hard time choosing where to start. From the Tinkering Garage and Gadget Trees to daily shows in the planetarium and dome theater, the museum allows your inner child to run wild.
  • We love to share the history of our great state, and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is the perfect locale to take an inside peek at the spirit, passion and grit symbolized by the American West. There are exhibits for the tikes, too, including the Chuckwagon and Prosperity Junction.
  • Come on, the wild is calling! Did you know the Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Gardens ranks among the top three family-friendly zoos in the nation? If you haven’t visited in a while, check it out. 2014 has been an exciting year as the zoo celebrated 110 years. 2015 is sure to be just as exciting as with the expected arrival of a baby elephant before the end of the year.
  • The 45th Infantry Division Museum, the nation’s largest state-operated military history museum, offers an inside glance at Oklahoma’s military history. Stroll through Thunderbird Park to see more than 60 types of equipment, including tanks, artillery, personnel carriers and aircraft.
  • Boot-scoot over to Oklahoma City’s Historic Stockyards City, one of the largest livestock markets in the world, to immerse yourself in authentic cowboy culture. This unique district offers a glimpse into Oklahoma’s cowboy scene. Satisfy your hunger at Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, then head over to catch a live show at the Centennial Rodeo Opry.
  • Enter the Oklahoma History Center and let the fascinating lives of Oklahoma oil barons, pioneers, American Indians and Oklahoma’s famous citizens bring the past to life. From the mighty Land Run to nostalgic Route 66 lore and from the stirring Civil War to high-flying airplanes, there’s something for everyone at the Oklahoma History Center.
  • OKC 125: A Photography Exhibition provides an interesting perspective on downtown Oklahoma City. The exhibit features works by 125 individuals who captured their favorite downtown sites in 125 minutes.
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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways.

125 Reasons We Love OKC from Greater OKC Chamber on Vimeo.

As you can tell, we have been pretty fired up to celebrate OKC’s 125th birthday all year long. You’ve heard of birthday parties and even birthday weeks, we made it a birthday year. In fact, we came up with 125 reasons we love Greater OKC and put them in this little video. Give it a look and be sure to share with your friends, family, peers, pets or even that weird neighbor next door. Help us spread how awesome of a city we live in. Of course, OKC is so awesome there are a lot more than 125 great things to talk about. What do you love about OKC? Leave it the comments or hit us up on Facebook or Twitter. We want to hear from you!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

There’s more to explore with your family as summer ends

As summer winds down and boredom has truly set in, get your children out of the house and take them on a family outing to one of Oklahoma City’s ever-popular attractions.

Here’s a list if you need to refresh your memory of what you can do.

For amusement-park-type fun, there’s always WhiteWater Bay for a great chance to cool off with a day filled with water rides. Or, check out the traditional amusement park experience at Frontier City with rides and entertainment to fit all ages. If you’re too hot, Celebration Station has indoor activities like video games, air hockey, pool tables, driving games and outdoor ones as well, like batting cages, bumper boats, miniature golf and more.

You can also go to the tried-and-true family-oriented stops in the Adventure District like these:

  • The Oklahoma City Zoo, which recently added a one-horned Indian rhinoceros to its mix with a male baby rhino, born June 21. If you go, you might get a glimpse of mom Niki and her calf, named “Rupert” via an online vote.
  • Science Museum Oklahoma, which lets visitors explore all things science with a variety of hands-on exhibits and galleries and an IMAX Theater. If you go right now, you have a chance to see the traveling “Art of the Brick” exhibition by New York artist Nathan Sawaya, who creates large-scale sculptures using Lego bricks. The exhibit is open until Sept. 13.
  • Explore America’s Western history at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum with its art and interactive exhibits. If you haven’t taken your family there in a while, check it out now.

To get outdoors, check out the Oklahoma River by renting a kayak, zipping down the new SandRidge Sky Zip line or climbing the SandRidge Sky Trail and Slide, among other adventures you can have through RIVERSPORT. Or go to Lake Arcadia, the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge or Martin Park Nature Center.

There are more ways to entertain your children of all ages as summer comes to a close. For ideas go online to the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Show off Oklahoma City to visitors

There’s plenty to do in Oklahoma City if you have friends and family visiting here from elsewhere. This week, The Better Life Blog is here for you so you can plan to show off the city and everything it has to offer. So come along and use their visit as an opportunity for you to explore the city yourself.

Want museums? Start with Oklahoma history at the Oklahoma History Center or the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum. One of the city’s other premier museums includes the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, the place to learn about American West history and culture and see some of the top fine art of that genre. For art, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is worth a stop, especially to see the impressive the Dale Chihuly glass art collection. The Science Museum Oklahoma has a lot of hands-on displays and activities for children.

But a fun tour of OKC might include some of Oklahoma’s more special-interest museums: Amateur Softball Association National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum; the 45th Infantry Division Museum; the 99s Museum of Women Pilots, the Museum of Osteology, which has more than 300 skeletons on display and other bones; the American Banjo Museum, the Oklahoma Railway Museum and more.

If you and your guests are still going strong, take them to the Oklahoma City Zoo. It is one of the oldest in the southwest, is spread over more than 119 acres and home to about 1,900 of the world’s most exotic animals, including 54 threatened or endangered species. It also features more than 500 species of animals, 117 species of birds, 153 species of reptiles and amphibians and 155 species of fish, aquatic invertebrates and marine mammals. And you wouldn’t want to miss the Lion Overlook or the Great EscApe.

For shopping, you can head over to one of OKC’s many shopping malls, like  The Outlet Shoppes, Quail Springs Mall, Penn Square Mall or Plaza Mayor at The Crossroads or any of Oklahoma City’s boutique shops.

And if the tips here aren’t to your liking, head over to Oklahoma City’s Convention and Visitors Bureau website, where you can find attractions and suggested itineraries. There’s a downtown walking tour, a Western heritage tour, a list of things to do with children and a must-see Oklahoma City tour.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Movies in the pool are cool – literally!

EDITOR’S NOTE: Today’s post on The Better Life Blog is brought to you by our friends at the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, which blogs regularly about “all there is to see, do, taste and experience in OKC.” Enjoy: 

What do sunscreen and a movie screen have in common
White Water Bay's Dive-In Movies!

Pull up a raft and get a front view of White Water Bay's Dive-In Movies all summer long.  Dive-In Movies are free with park admission and begin tonight and continue each Friday throughout the summer with exception of July 4. 

Grab your calendar: Here's a full list of movies that will be playing this summer:

June 27: Ghostbusters
July 11: Frozen
July 18: Catching Fire
July 25: Iron Man 3

These family-friendly movies take place around the 500,000-gallon wave pool but we suggest you arrive early because they are all extremely popular. And even though the majority of the park closes at 8 p.m., the Wave Pool, Bermuda Triangle and the two newest rides, RipQurl and Pipeline Wave, stay open until the movie begins at dusk.  To top it off, there are food specials, a local DJ and the aroma of popcorn in the air for all to enjoy.

Grab your swimsuit and SPF and we'll meet you at the wave pool this summer!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Birthday, OKC!

One thing is for sure, OKC knows how to celebrate in style and its 125th birthday will be no different. The folks at the City of OKC are planning one heck of a party at City Hall today and everyone is invited.

The City will host an open house today, April 22, and the event will feature free birthday cake, tours of City Hall, history lessons (better than the ones in high school, we promise), a Spokies bike tour and free children’s activities during the Festival of the Arts. Some OKC attractions are even offering free admission today to all Oklahoma City residents. See the City’s website for a full list of the fun.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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