For those looking for a short trip to take over the weekend, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is just a few hours away. And, if you do not want to drive, the Amtrak in Gainesville travels the route every weekend.
The just over two and a half hour train ride will give you the opportunity to relax and spend some time with family on the way to the short trip destination. A single adult ticket for a reserved coach seat in the upper or lower level is between $24-$40 dollars. Return trip tickets must be purchased separately.
A pet can travel with you for an additional $25 per pet. You can even take your bike with you free of charge. Limit one bike per traveler. Also, you can travel with two personal items with a max weight of 25 lbs. and two carry-on items with a max weight of 50lbs.
The train has an on-board wheelchair ramp as well as a snack car.
“Oklahoma City has a lot of things to do for tourists,” Oklahoma City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Communications Manager Tabbi Burwell said. “We have everything from arts and entertainment to high end shopping and a lot of recreational activities. We are a great city for families and family-friendly fun.”
Here is a list of the must-do things in Oklahoma City.
For the culture
National Memorial and Museum — “This is a museum dedicated to the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995,” Burwell said. “It is a memorial for those that were killed, as well as those that survived.”
Admission is $15 for adults. Seniors ages 62 years and older, those with a military ID and students with a current school ID may purchase tickets for $12, and children five years and younger get in for free.
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum — The Western Heritage Awards were held April 13-14 in Oklahoma City. The museum also has temporary exhibits, a spring garden tour and more.
Admission is $12.50 for adults, $9.75 for seniors ages 62 and older and students with a valid student ID, $5.75 for children ages 6-12 and free for children five and under. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. It is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Boathouse District — “In 2016, we spent $45 million on the Whitewater Center,” Burwell said. “There is a sky trail, six story ropes course and you can zip line across the Oklahoma River. We also have stainless steel slides and a kids area. The kayaking center has paddle boarding and kayaking.”
This site is also a U.S. Olympic and Paralympic training site for rowing, canoeing and kayaking.
Passes are $49 per day for the Riversport pass, which includes whitewater rafting, Love’s tubing and river boarding and all land and flat-water adventures. The epic pass is $79 per day and includes an express line pass, concierge service, access to a VIP locker and a discount at the Big Water Grill. Other passes are between $10-60.
The Penn Square Mall, Quaill Springs Mall and OKC outlets — “We also have a lot of high end shopping,” Burwell said. “Lulu Lemon and other places that you can find everywhere are here. We have Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors and Von Maur.”
“As for fine dining, in the Deven Energy Tower there is a restaurant called Vast,” Burwell said. “It has glass windows that overlook the city and you can see for miles. It has a dress code.”
Parking is $10 by valet. For the fixed price of $55-75, restaurant patrons can receive a first course, entree and dessert. Choose a two or three ounce wine pairing for each course for an additional $20. The chef’s table allows the patrons to go off menu, and the chef will make a seasonal meal.
“We also have a lot of seasonal events for people to take part in,” Burwell said. “We have the Red Earth Festival and the Dead Center Film Festival. A lot of people like to come up here for the Thunder games. We also have a 21 sea hotel museum.”
21C Museum Hotel — “There are 21c Museum Hotels all over the place, but we have one that a lot of people enjoy here,” Burwell said. “The first floor is a museum. It is open 24/7 to the public. Then on the second floor is a hotel. The building that it is housed in used to be Fred Jones Manufacturing. They made Model T cars. They have a lot of the memorabilia from that in there, so it is a really fun place to see. Also in the hotel, there is a restaurant called Mary Eddy’s Kitchen and Lounge. It is just all about the experience.”
Mary Eddy’s serves New American cuisine and the menu is made up of regional and seasonal items.