Animals abound in the Adventure District
Whether you want to see animals race or see them hanging out (some of them are literally hanging), you can find tons of animals in the Adventure District.
For heart-stopping excitement, head to Remington Park, which has opened the gates to its 67-date thoroughbred racing season. The park holds regular weekly racing Wednesday through Saturday, with racing being held on Monday and Tuesday beginning in November. Parking and admission are always free.
Important health and safety guidelines are in place, so guests attending the races must follow that. They limit attendance to the Track/Ground level, the Paddock Gardens and the Plaza, along the home stretch and finish line areas of the racing surface.
Upon entering, officials will check all guests for temperature with a non-contact thermometer. Guests with a temperature of 100.4 or higher may not enter Remington Park. The park requires guests to wear a personal protective face covering (or known around these here parts as a mask) while in attendance at Remington Park.
Restaurants open at the park include the Homestretch Café, Henry Hudson’s Pub and Steinie’s Bar.
Now in its 32nd year of live racing, Remington Park has provided excitement for generations of fans and since 2005, the park has sent more than $246 million out of its revenues to the State of Oklahoma General Education fund.
The 2020 thoroughbred season runs until Dec. 20. Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.
Across the street from Remington Park, animals are living a more relaxed life at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Over 1,900 animals are scattered over a 100-acre tract in the middle of the Adventure District, just northeast of downtown.
More than one million visitors make their way to this Oklahoma destination. You can spend an entire day examining an array of gorgeous habitats, learning about animals and snacking at many of the food vendors around the complex.
Now through Sept. 30, admission is free for anyone with a free ticket found in the September Curbside Chronicle street paper.
Be certain to check out this year’s Art Gone Wild pieces from various animals including elephants, giraffe, goats, ostrich, various reptiles, sea lions, tigers and more on display and available for purchase at the Zoo. Their caretakers provide the help as each animal applies its own technique from paintbrushes to using their noses, feathers, flippers or paws to paint! Art Gone Wild is part of the Zoo’s enrichment program and the paints are safe for the animals to use as they are non-toxic and washable. Pieces are available through September and are on display in the Zoo’s Guest Services offices in the Entry Plaza.
Prices for these wild works of art range from $35 to $300, depending on size. All net proceeds benefit the Zoo’s conservation initiatives.
Be sure to mark your calendar for these upcoming events:
- Sept. 18 – Parent’s Night Out
The OKC Zoo has experts ready to give you a break and provide your youngsters with a zoo-rific experience during a new Parents Night Out program for kids ages 4 to 11 years old. Drop your young cub off at 6 p.m. and pick them back up at 10 p.m. (Yes, you have to pick them back up.) Enroll your kiddo(s) today at https://www.okczoo.org/overnight-programs.
- Sept. 21 –Annual Haunt the Zoo tickets go on sale
Oklahoma’s beloved Halloween tradition, Haunt the Zoo, returns with more treats, extended dates and new surprises. Participants will experience new trick-or-treating methods in place to ensure a safe and memorable experience for the guests, staff and volunteers. Reservations are required and can be purchased at okczoo.org/tickets.
- Sept. 24-27 – Fair Food Days
Indulge in a variety of sweets and savory eats from Oklahoma vendors plus, culinary favorites from the Zoo’s eateries, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
- Sept. 24 – World Gorilla Day
World Gorilla Day activities are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Zoo grounds and include a scavenger safari with prizes, photo opportunities presented by Bob Moore Subaru, Facebook live videos and more. All activities are free with Zoo admission.
- Sept. 25 – ZOObrew Fundraiser
Event goers, 21 and older, can taste their favorite Oklahoma breweries while roaming Zoo grounds after hours. This year’s ZOObrew will have a much lower capacity, and fewer brewers, who will be spaced throughout the park to ensure social distancing. The event will begin promptly at 7 p.m.
- Ongoing through September – Read for Adventure
The Read for Adventure program is aimed at promoting literacy statewide and invites library cardholders to check out Juniper’s Butterfly Garden from any participating public and tribal library location within the state to receive a voucher redeemable for FREE general admission to the OKC Zoo for up to four people (child, adult or senior).