Besides the skyscrapers that cluster in the central business district, one of the prominent landmarks of downtown OKC is the Crystal Bridge Conservatory at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Inside is a tropical conservatory that contains foliage more akin to the Amazon Basin than the Great Plains of North America.
The park has several ampitheatres where live performances and concerts can be heard in the summer and offers spectacular views of the downtown skyline. There is also a lake in the middle of the gardens lined with large goldfish and waterfalls that add life-giving oxygen to the lake as well as an added surprise to tourists.
The Myriad Botanical Gardens is one of the more creative downtown parks in the nation and one of the city's most romantic tourist attractions.
The Myriad Botanical Gardens are unusual as botanical gardens go as they are contained in a huge glass enclosure. It's like walking through a space age hot house and on a cool wet day, it's like taking a welcomed trip to the tropics, even if that is where we had just left from about a week ago, from our home in Florida. It was a nice goodbye to such things as we were headed to the desert next! We could see why it would be popular with so much colorful plant life right in the middle of what was looking like a very gray city the day we visited
This "bridge" is actually a 224 foot glass tube over a lake in the Myriad Gardens. It is home to lots of exotic plants like anthurium, orchids, agave, various palms and euphorbia. This is the fourth or fifth botanical garden I have visited this year so was a little jaded in my outlook. However, this one is quite nice and features a 35 foot waterfall which you can walk behind. There is also a "skywalk" which allows you to get a bird's eye view before walking the floor of the garden.
Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors & students, $3 children 4-12 years.
Open 9:00-6:00 Mon-Sat; Noon-6:00 Sun
Well, the website and visitors guide makes this seem like you're walking into Hawaii as it is. If this is what Hawaii is like, though, count me out! I was actually really, really excited to be here. It was second on my list of things to do after visiting the national memorial.
First of all...parking is a hit or miss. They only have about 20-30 spots and you have to pay $6. We went on a Saturday and no one was in the booth so we actually parked for free which was a plus!
Next, we walked right up to the big clear conservatory. To the left is a gift shop (woohoo!) and to the right is the entrance to the conservatory. Now, I pay for everything (in the US) with my debit card. I went in to pay and the guy gave this "ugh" kinda face and said if I wanted to pay with a card I needed to go to the gift store to buy a ticket?? My aunt, who was with me, paid in cash instead but it still kinda bothered me.
The brochure talks about a 37 foot waterfall. There's no way on this planet that thing is 37 feet. It was a nice photo opportunity. It took us exactly 2 minutes to get from one end to the other. I think I saw 5 butterflies total (the same black and yellow ones). Then there is a staircase taking you further up (about two stories total) that has some interesting flowers on the way. However, I'm sorry it's not worth $6.
You can always walk around the park. We saw a wedding party taking their pictures. They have a few ponds and more plants/flowers. It's pretty quiet, although it is downtown.
Overall, nice photo opportunity but you could do it outdoors for free...
Oh, and the gift shop has nothing to do with conservatory! It has some independent, local art and beanie babies...
:( I hate sounding so negative but spend your money elsewhere.
Admission to Conservatory: Adult $6.00USD
Right in the heart of Oklahoma City is a 17 acre tract of gently rolling hills and a magnificent botanical garden. It includes water gardens, a sunken lake and some interesting sculpture as well as lovely flowers and foliage. The centerpiece of the gardens is the Crystal Bridge (see another tip on this) which is a tropical conservatory. However, I was as impressed with the outside garden. Admission outside is free. Crystal Bridge admission is $6 adult, $5 seniors & students, $3 children 4-12 yrs.
The Crystal Bridge downtown is one of the more peculiar Oklahoma City attractions. Visitors can leave the frost of winter or the blustery fall weather outside and step into a lush, tropical paradise. Be warned that a few moments in here will mist your eyeglasses and daub your hair with sweat, but the rewards are quickly reaped. Thousands of exotic plants from around the globe thrive amid rocky waterfalls, orchid groves, koi brooks and more, all explored by the human visitor as well as free-roaming lizards.
Admission: Adults, $6; Seniors $5, Children 4-12 $3, Children 3-0 free
Open 9 a.m - 6 p.m. Mon-Sat; Sun Noon - 6 p.m.
The Myriad Gardens in downtown Oklahoma is one a true treasure of the state. Inside a plexiglass cylinder known as the 'crystal bridge,' the Myriad gardens is the largest greenhouse in the midwest.
One end of it is devoted to rainforest plants, replete with irises, towering trees and a water fall and the other end has desert plants, spiky ferns and cacti. In between is a Koi pond, palm fronds, an African hut, live butterflies and a tiny aquarium with South American fish and reptiles.
A nice place to take a date.
The park covers 17-acres, with lots of open spaces to sit and relax, walking paths, gardens and sculptures. At it's center is the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, which houses all sorts of exotic plant life, from hibiscus flowers to palm trees, and an incredible variety of orchids.
There is supposed to be an admission fee to get in, however (for some unexplained reason) I was able to just walk right in without paying. I even stopped in front of the desk for a moment to organize my things before going in, and nobody said a word... maybe it's free on Sundays???
My favourite place in all of Oklahoma City is a trip downtown, to the Myriad Botanical Gardens. The place is lush in the middle of winter, as well as the scorching heat of summer. It begs to be a location of quite thought and reflection, or of long philosophical discussions about the future with close friends. Top it off with dinner in Bricktown...
The Myriad Gardens is a botanical garden in Oklahoma City. You can see cacti and tropical plants and little fish in the ponds inside.
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