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J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 6 sending them down the rapids, which were specially designed for all ages and all levels of physical abilities. Free viewing areas allow those who are still unsure about climbing aboard a raft to watch. Groups can package the experience with a meal at Big Water Grill or with the parent company, Riversport Adventures, which offers a range of outdoor experiences. Guests can choose from rafting, the SandRidge Sky Zip, stand-up paddleboards and other adventures. DINNER WITH THE DUKE The swaggering walk, honest voice and larger-than-life personality of John Wayne sum up the American West for many. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum will soon offer a new program that appeals to those who grew up with the iconic actor. Starting this fall, guests can dine at the museum before watching a classic John Wayne fi lm during Dinner with the Duke. "The food is good. I went out and tried some," said Price. "They have changed the restaurant, so it's more of a deli counter. They set up a salad bar, sandwich bar and some pasta options." The program begins with the buffet and then moves the group into a small theater. One of the curators introduces the fi lm and provides some historic context before the showing. The program can include a museum tour so groups can see some of its 28,000 works of Western and American Indian art and artifacts, including the world's most extensive col- lection of American rodeo photographs, barbed wire, saddlery and early rodeo trophies. Those who take the tour and watch a John Wayne fi lm can compare the Hollywood version of the cowboy with real life through exhibits in the museum's historic galleries. For example, the American Cowboy Gallery examines the life of a working cowboy and ranching history. OKLAHOMA CITY NATIONAL MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the bombing of Oklahoma City's Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum has un- veiled an $8 million renovation. The memorial honors those who died, survived or were affected by the April 19, 1995, bombing. "The story of the museum hasn't changed, but they are changing how they tell it," said Price. "They have exhibits with new technology and touchscreens that engage younger visitors who were either too young to remember the bombing or weren't born yet." New interactive exhibits help make the story of the bombing more real. New artifacts, oral testimonies and a section on the investigation and trial of Timothy McVeigh opened in time for the anniversary in 2015. One piece of evidence not previously displayed is the Mercury Grand Marquis that McVeigh was driving at the time of his arrest. The vehicle is part of an interactive exhibit that ushers visitors along the FBI's trail of evidence. Another powerful addition, a 40-foot glass balcony, lets guests take a moment to gaze across the Memorial's grounds and the downtown Oklahoma City skyline. Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum Outdoor Symbolic Memorial Greenwood has earned a well-deserved reputation as Mississippi's most accessible getaway spot. From rejuvenation at the Alluvian Spa to an overnight stay in a luxurious Alluvian suite, the beauty of Greenwood's downtown district is its walkability, with shopping and upscale dining choices that will have you begging for more. Grownup Getaway 662-453-9197 • #travelgreenwood

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