Oklahoma City is the capital of the U.S. state of Oklahoma. It's known for its cowboy culture and capitol complex, surrounded by working oil wells. The reflecting pool and empty glass and bronze chairs of the Oklahoma City National Memorial recall the victims of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The Survivor Tree, an American elm nearly destroyed in the attack, is also part of the memorial.
Wichita Falls Waterfall
The Wichita Falls Waterfall sits in Lucy Park and is an artificial waterfall that spills over 54 feet. Don’t let the fact that this isn’t a natural wonder put you off however, as this is truly stunning and makes for a wonderful photo opportunity especially if you happen to visit around sunset. There are a number of picnic spots, benches and trails close to the falls that let you take in all their beauty up close.
The World’s Littlest Skyscraper
The World’s Littlest Skyscraper is actually named the Newby-McMahon Building and is known for its iconic red brick structure and cast iron detail.
The building is 40 feet tall and was first built in 1919. The building came about after a confidence trickster promised to build a skyscraper in Wichita Falls, and it has been referred to as the World’s Littlest Skyscraper since its completion as a running joke, although it caused great embarrassment when it was first unveiled many years ago.
Fort Worth Zoo
The oldest continuous zoo site in Texas, the Fort Worth Zoo was founded in 1909 with one lion, two bear cubs, an alligator, a coyote, a peacock and a few rabbits. From these humble beginnings, the Zoo has grown into a nationally ranked facility, housing more than 7,000 native and exotic animals. During the Zoo’s first 10 years, its collection of animals grew to include a pair of panthers, beavers, cinnamon bears, monkeys and prairie dogs. In the early 1920s, two American bison and a zebra were purchased partially from coin donations at the Zoo.
Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum
The Oklahoma City National Memorial is a memorial in the United States that honors the victims, survivors, rescuers, and all who were affected by the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995.
River Bend Nature Centre
If you are interested in learning all about the diverse indigenous flora and fauna of the Wichita Falls region then you can’t miss a trip to River Bend Nature Centre.
The environmental education center is spread over an impressive 18 acres of lush landscape and has a whole host of ecological attractions such as a butterfly conservatory and a dedicated children’s garden for youngsters.
There are nature trails spread all over the center and you can take a picnic and explore the grounds at your leisure.
Kell House Museum
If you prefer history to art then a trip to the Kell House Museum is not to be missed.
Built in 1896, the house belonged to one of the founding fathers of the Wichita Falls area, Frank Kell, and is a prime heritage site that is now a museum.
The house is much as it was during the time of the Kell family and you can see period artifacts, antique furniture, and even costumes that date from days gone by and will let you imagine a different world in the house.
There is also information about the cultural and historical significance of the house and the wider area general.
If you are interested in how Wichita Falls developed, then this is also part of the heritage tour here and is a great stop if you love history.
Fort Worth Water Gardens
The Fort Worth Water Gardens is a beautiful and refreshing oasis adjacent to the Fort Worth Convention Center. Designed by Philip Johnson, the Fort Worth Water Gardens is an architectural and engineering marvel to be enjoyed any time of the year. Visitors can experience a variety of water features as they wander through this relaxing urban park.
Downtown Forth Worth
Downtown Fort Worth is the central business district of Fort Worth, Texas. Most of Fort Worth's tallest buildings and skyscrapers are located downtown. Downtown offers an array of parks and landmarks to explore. Sundance Square fuses historical western architecture with modern design across its walkable 37-square-block downtown campus of shopping, restaurants, art galleries, entertainment, professional offices and residential living.
Museum of North Texas History
Anyone interested in the history of the wider Northern Texas region should definitely pay a visit to the Museum of North Texas History. Spread over 14 rooms, the museum is staffed by helpful volunteers who have a passion for educating visitors on the historical significance of this part of the United States and to that end there are dynamic collections of period artifacts for you to enjoy. These include antique pieces that date from the Second World War as well as artifacts from the Wild West and Native American collections.
Downtown is a bustling business district known for Reunion Tower, a ball-shaped observation deck with sweeping views. Other landmarks include the original Neiman Marcus department store, selling upscale products since 1914. Eateries include Tex-Mex places and casual lunch spots, plus pubs that get lively at happy hour. The program at the Spanish baroque-style Majestic Theatre includes Broadway revivals and concerts.