Whether you’re an Oklahoma resident, or just a few hours drive away in Texas, Arkansas or Missouri, you may not think about Oklahoma City as a destination to travel to for a weekend getaway. Believe it or no, Oklahoma City offers some of the most interesting, exciting and fun attractions in the mid-west, and we are about to share what some of these attractions are. From restaurants with mouth-watering, home-cooked meals to a 17-acre, breath-taking botanical garden, you’ll be impressed with all that Oklahoma City has to offer.

Before you make your way to this exciting destination, make sure you check out some great hotel deals in Oklahoma City to save a few bucks during your stay. When you do get there, be sure to check out these 5 hidden gems:

1. Kyle’s 1025

You will get hungry in Oklahoma City and if you’re on the hunt for a true Oklahoma meal that is also the town’s best kept secret, head over to Kyle’s 1025. This old mansion has been transformed into an Oklahoma City favorite that is private, comfortable and offers some of the best food in town. Good luck finding the bootlegger’s bar! It’s located through a secret door hidden in a wall.

2. Oklahoma City Zoo

“Lions and tigers and bears…oh my!” A great place to spend the day with family and/or friends is at the Oklahoma City Zoo. This beautiful zoo has been rated as one of the top three family-friendly zoos in America. The zoo features animals such as gorillas, chimpanzees, spry orangutans, flamingos, spider monkeys and so much more!

3. Science Museum Oklahoma 

How much fun can science be? Head over to Science Museum Oklahoma and you’ll soon find out. This premier destination for fun at any age consists of great attractions and hands-on experiences from culture to space. Enjoy viewing the space in the Planetarium Theatre and interesting movies in their IMAX theatre.

4. Myriad Botanical Gardens

The Myriad Botanical is a perfect destination to visit in the spring and summer.  Visitors can enjoy 17 acres of trees and picturesque areas. This is a perfect family spot since there’s an area specifically for children with a garden and splash fountains. During the summertime, visitors can enjoy free concerts and movies.

5. National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

If there’s one thing in Oklahoma City worth seeing, it’s The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. At this museum, visitors can get a first hand look at several Wild West art and artifacts. This is an excellent destination for both families or a great place to visitors if you’re traveling on your own.