Oklahoma! Explore Its Accessible Vacations
Grab your cowboy hat and cowboy boots and get ready to enjoy the Wild West! Giddy on up to Oklahoma and prepare to have a great time exploring all the wheelchair accessible attractions!
National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage, Oklahoma City
Have you ever wanted to get an accurate picture of what the Wild West's cowboys were really like? The National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage showcases Western history, art, and culture through collections and exhibits collected from as far back as 1955! You can expect to see an enormous assembly of fire arms, an exhibit which honors western performers from literature and film, an American Cowboy Gallery, American Rodeo Gallery, and many more Western-inspired galleries. Grab a bite to eat, and hit the museum store to bring home cowboy merchandise!
The museum is completely wheelchair accessible and provides complimentary wheelchairs.
Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa
The 23-acre museum was completed in 1927 and was originally designed as an Italian Renaissance villa for American oil magnate Waite Phillips. In 1938 Phillips gave the 72-room mansion as an unexpected gift to the city of Tulsa for an art center. Now it is recognized as one of America's finest art museums. The beautiful art pieces are right at home in this magnificent architectural wonder. Not only are there stunning art pieces and architecture, BUT there's also a breathtaking garden!
Collections include African art, American art, antiquities, Asian art, decorative arts, European art, modern and contemporary art, Native American Art, works on paper, and so many more mind-boggling art pieces. Visit the Philbrook Museum of Art's website to see which exhibits are being featured during your time of visit.
There is ADA access to the museum and grounds. Free wheelchairs are available upon request. Wheelchair accessible parking can be found on the upper level of the parking deck.
Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, Oklahoma City
Take a self-guided tour through the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum and discover the history behind Timothy James "Tim" McVeigh's bombing of Oklahoma City's Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Learn about the tragic domestic terrorist attack that took place April 19, 1995.
The story is told through different chapters within the exhibit. The chapters cover the background of terrorism, the history of the site, the investigation story, and many more areas of the attack--eventually ending with a chapter of hope. You can also view the remarkable outdoor symbolic memorial.
The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum are both wheelchair accessible. The outdoor memorial has accessible trails and restrooms. The easiest access points are off Harvey Street, on the west side of the Memorial. ADA parking for handicap vans can be found off of Sixth Street near Harvey at the NW corner of the Memorial.
Pollard Theatre, Guthrie
The Pollard Theatre brings creative story-telling to life! Built in 1901, the space didn't transition into a theater until 1987. The theatre still has a historic feel to it with a quaint and intimate environment. You'll think you've traveled back in time as you watch extraordinary theatrical productions!
Entertainment Weekly describes one of Pollard Theatre's plays: "Avenue Q is the best show of the year! Just when you're wheezing with laughter from the hummable, hilarious tunes, you're blindsided by a beautifully sincere love song. There's no handy way to describe Avenue Q, except as one of the funniest shows you're ever likely to see."
Be sure to visit the theatre's website to see which play will be showing during your visit. You should be aware that some plays are for mature audiences. The website states the type of audience for which the play is appropriate.
Renovations made in 1986 have ensured wheelchair accessibility.
The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, Oklahoma City
The Oklahoma City Zoo is 119 acres full of unique wildlife and plants for the whole family to enjoy! It's also one of seven zoos that is accredited as being a living museum and botanical garden by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Association of Museums. The zoo is home to 1,900 exotic animals, which includes 54 endangered or threatened species. In addition to the magnificent animals, the zoo has the largest outdoor Butterfly Garden in Oklahoma, and more than 30,000 flower specimens!
There are wheelchairs available for a small fee.
Oklahoma Wondertorium, Stillwater
The museum is geared towards children and is full of fun interactive exhibits for kids to learn and have a good time! There's an artist pad for miniature Picassos, kids can make their own forts with big blue blocks, A-mazing Airways fill up an entire wall with transparent tubes that carry scarves and balls in entertaining routes, and there are many more exciting exhibits to explore!
The Wondertorium is wheelchair accessible.
Museum of Osteology, Oklahoma City
What started as seven-year-old Jay Villemarette's hobby turned into the largest privately held collections of osteological specimens in the world! View hundreds of displays of skulls and skeletons from all over the planet! The Museum of Osteology is the only one of its kind in the United States!
The Museum of Osteology was designed with education in mind. Challenge your osteology knowledge and try to match skulls to the right animals at Mystery Skulls! Learn about how animals adapt to survive in different habitats and observe the pathology of a skull--and what may have caused the animal's death. Other exhibits include Monkey and Apes, Reptiles and Amphibians, Marsupials, Carnivore, Aves, Flightless Birds, and, of course, species solely collected in Oklahoma state! Come learn a thing or two!
The facility is completely wheelchair accessible with a lift to the second floor.
Bluebell Ice Creamery, Tulsa
Ice cream is, by far, one of the most popular treats in the US. Have you ever wondered how the tasty treat is made? There's no need for further questioning! Visit the Bluebell Ice Cream production facility to learn all about ice cream's history, how it's developed, and, the best part is saved for last--free ice cream! What could be better than that?!
Don't forget, ice cream is called ICE cream for a reason. The building will be cold, so dress appropriately! The tour is wheelchair accessible.
Myriad Botanical Gardens, Oklahoma City
Need a break from all the hustle and bustle of the city? An unexpected miniature oasis is tucked away in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. The 17-acre garden includes a children's garden, an off-leash dog park, restaurant space, fountains, and paved pathways. If you're looking for a place to relax, or just want to take a look at a gorgeous array of plant life--the Myriad Botanical Gardens is the place for you!
The garden is fully equipped for wheelchair travelers!
National Weather Center, Norman
Have you ever dreamed of being a weather broadcaster, or maybe you're just curious about how the weather is predicted? Whether you answered yes or no to either question, you're sure to be impressed with the tour of the National Weather Center (NWC). During the tour you'll visit the Oklahoma University's School of Meteorology, the NWC Roof Top Observatory, classroom and laboratory facilities, as well as NOAA's Storm Prediction Center, the Norman National Weather Service Forecast Office, and the National Severe Storms Laboratory! Maybe you'll be able to predict the weather when it's all said and done!
PLEASE NOTE: The NWC requires that all visitors make reservations to tour the facility. The staff suggests booking your tour a few weeks in advance to ensure availability. Tours are wheelchair accessible, but please be sure to inform the staff member of any special needs prior to your visit.
With a plentiful selection of wheelchair accessible attractions, you're sure to have more than just an "OK" time in Oklahoma.