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12 essential things to do in Oklahoma City

Rugged, thriving, ultimately cool Oklahoma City is equal parts cultural heartland, traditional Midwest capital and historic cow town, with lively pockets of recently revitalized neighborhoods and stylish arts districts to boot. The capital city is on its way up in the urban arts and dining world—defined by a recent influx of hip bars, cutting-edge restaurants, breweries, shops, hotels and galleries—while still remaining a bastion of Old West culture and cowboy vibes. The city is also known as the hometown of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the “horse show capital of the world.” Spend enough time properly exploring the streets and soaking up the local sights, and OKC’s rustic charms will undoubtedly win you over. We’ll bet our money on that. Ladies and gentlemen, enjoy these really exciting things to do in Oklahoma City. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.

The 13 best restaurants in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City’s dining scene is one of the country’s best-kept secrets. Tell that to your friends and they’ll likely sneer but, hey, that just means more food for you. It’s not all about juicy burgers and chicken-fried steak, either (although meat lovers should rest assured that there is plenty of both to go around): the best restaurants in Oklahoma City are defining a sizzling Szechuan scene, putting out delectable sushi and revamping comfort food staples into high-quality, gourmet meals. Let’s not forget the smattering of hipster hotspots and farm-to-table eateries that rival those of any other major urban area in America. So, when you’re done ticking off all the essential things to do in town, take a breather and fill up your belly at these best restaurants in Oklahoma City.