The Oklahoma River runs through the heart of Oklahoma City. Along the river, the all asphalt Oklahoma River Trails are located on both the north and south banks of the river. The Riverside neighborhood sits in between two of the trail’s access points, Wheeler Park and Wiley Post Park.
These neighborhood trails are lined with trees and display a beautiful view of the Oklahoma River and downtown Oklahoma City. Runners, rollerbladers, skategoarders, walkers, and cyclists use the trails for a refreshing and energizing experience. Further, the trails are wheelchair acessible. The two neighborhood parks, Wheeler Park and Wiley Post Park, provide the community with a skate park, picnic shelters, a sprayground and playgrounds.
Downtown Oklahoma City lies northwest of Riverside and is a source of enlightenment to area residents. The Science Museum Oklahoma has exhibits that enrich the minds of all who visit such as “Science Live,” where presenters create explosions to teach about physical and chemical reactions. The “Mind Games” exhibit challenges one’s perception of art, and “Who Dunit” is an exhibition of the science of solving crimes.
The Oklahoma City Zoo has a wonderful butterfly garden that displays the complete life cycle of the butterfly. It also has the “Great EscApe” exhibit, which is a tropical rain forest full of gorillas, orangutans, and chimpanzees. The “Island Life” exhibit showcases animals that live on islands all around the world.
Bricktown is another popular district in downtown Oklahoma City which provides a variety of dining and entertainment.
State Fair Park is one of the largest state fair parks in the nation and is west of Riverside. The park hosts events like auto racing, rodeos, concerts, and conventions.