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Part zoo, part botanical gardens, the Oklahoma City Zoo is a hit with recent travelers for its large size, manageable layout and variety of exhibits. You'll find the usual suspects here, including bears, lions and giraffes, but the Oklahoma City Zoo also boasts an exhibit unique to the area – Oklahoma Trails. This naturalistic habitat features more than 100 different animal species native to Oklahoma (around 800 individual animals) and 11 unique life zones special to Oklahoma, including the grassy Black Mesa and the rolling Ozark Highlands. You'll also find a 25-foot replica of Turner Falls, found at Big Rivers. In summer 2018, the zoo is expected to open a nearly 7-acre sanctuary for endangered animals from Asia, including elephants, red pandas and Komodo dragons, among other animals. You can also fork over a bit more cash for the zoo's many rides and animal encounters, including giraffe feedings and stingray touching experiences.

Recent visitors were impressed with the size and scope of the zoo and recommended adding this to your OKC itinerary if you've got young kids in tow. Several reviewers suggested allotting several hours to seeing all of the zoo's exhibits. The only gripe among travelers? The high cost of food at the on-site cafes.

You'll find the Oklahoma City Zoo northeast of downtown, nearby Lincoln Park. Along with the zoo's attractions, it also houses several gift shops and cafes. The zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission costs $11 for adults (ages 12 to 64) and $8 for seniors (65 and older) and kids between the ages of 3 and 11. Fees for select zoo activities and rides, such as the carousel and the daily giraffe feeding demonstration, cost extra. Parking is free. For more information, visit the website.

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#1 Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum April 19, 1995, was one of those days in America's history when time stopped. A bomb decimated the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building at 9:02 a.m., killing ... Read more » Courtesy the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum

#2 SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology If you and your family have an interest in biology or osteology (the study of bones and skeletons), you'll want to add in a stop to this museum. One ... Read more » nodigio / Flickr

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#4 Bricktown Bricktown's red brick buildings first appeared at the turn of the 20th century as warehouses. Now, in the 21st century, this area is a bustling entertainment district with restaurants ... Read more » Courtesy of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber & CVB

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Part of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial, which includes the Gates of Time. The east gate represents 9:01 a.m., the minute before the infamous blast on April 19. The west gate represents 9:03 a.m., one minute after the bombing when everything changed. Courtesy the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum

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A cruise along the Bricktown canal is one of the best ways to enjoy this area in downtown OKC, according to recent visitors. Courtesy of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber & CVB

The Science Floor sits at the center of the Science Museum Oklahoma and offers hundreds of interactive activities for visitors. Courtesy Science Museum Oklahoma

The star attraction at the Myriad Botanical Gardens is the Crystal Bridge Conservatory, which features 750 varieties of plants, a waterfall and a sky bridge. Carl Shortt Jr / Myriad Botanical Gardens

You'll find Dale Chihuly's glass works in the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Pat M2007 / Flickr

You'll find the usual suspects here, including bears, lions and giraffes, but the Oklahoma City Zoo also boasts an exhibit unique to the area – Oklahoma Trails. Dustin Gwin / EyeEm / Getty Images

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