Referred to as “The Big Friendly,” Oklahoma City, often shortened to OKC, is the biggest city in Oklahoma, or the Sooner State.
Located in central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City is a family-friendly town with lots of fun, exciting things to do.
Home to the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, OKC is a vibrant town that has several museums, a zoo, an aquarium and so much more to entertain families and out-of-town guests.
Kids of all ages will enjoy exploring all of the exciting activities and awesome entertainment that await guests to this metropolitan area about three hours from Dallas.
So grab your cowboy boots and let’s go explore the Sooner State’s capital, shall we?
1. Myriad Botanical Gardens
Located in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City, the Myriad Botanical Gardens offers guests a chance to explore and enjoy 15 acres of greenery in an urban setting. Check the calendar for year-round programming geared toward visitors of all ages and enjoy the peaceful tranquility that connecting with nature often brings.
- 301 W. Reno, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
- Open daily from 6 am- 11 pm.
2. Scissortail Park
Scissortail Park, located in downtown OKC, offers lots of open, green space to roam and play as well as a fun children’s playground for kids to climb and play. The park often hosts events that will appeal to a wide audience, such as free concerts, farmer’s markets and more. Check their website for more details.
- 300 SW Seventh St., Oklahoma City, OK 73109
- Open daily from 6 am- 11 pm.
- (405) 445-6277
3. Historic Bricktown
Arguably one of OKC’s hippest neighborhoods, Bricktown offers much to see, do and experience. Dine at a trendy restaurant, go mini-golfing or rock-climbing at Brickopolis, shop at a local boutique or more in this vibrant area of OKC located just north of I-40 and the North Canadian River.
- 429 E. California, Oklahoma City, OK 73104
- Always open for strolling; business hours vary.
- Free to walk around
4. RIVERSPORT Adventure Park
Feeling adventurous? Then you won’t want to miss an opportunity to climb, explore, play and raft at Riversport! With multiple locations and activities in OKC, there is something to suit everyone in your party. Surf, ski, kayak, zip line or so much more for a thrilling experience you won’t soon forget!
- 800 Riversport Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73129
- Open 11 am- 6 pm daily from Memorial Day- Labor and 11 am- 6 pm on weekends in colder months.
- Cost varies per activity. See website for details.
- (405) 552-4040 or firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Frontier City
Get ready for a wild time at Six Flags’ Frontier City in OKC! Whether you like wild, heart-pounding thrill rides or tamer, family-friendly entertainment, Frontier City has something for you. Catch a show, grab a bite or simply enjoy thrill rides with family and friends at this amusement park in northeast OKC.
- 11501 N I-35 Service Road, Oklahoma City, OK 73131
- Open daily Memorial Day- Labor Day and weekends only in the colder months. Hours vary by day, check the website for further information.
- Single day tickets start at $29.99
6. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Learn about life on the Oklahoma Frontier at this fun and engaging museum. Adults will love learning and interacting with the exhibits that depict life hundreds of years ago in the Oklahoma Plains while kids will love exploring Liichokoshkomo’, an engaging outdoor play area that features replica dwellings of Oklahomans from bygone eras.
- 1700 Northeast 63rd St. Oklahoma City, OK 73111
- Open Monday- Saturday, 10 am- 5 pm and Sunday 12- 5 pm.
- Adults $12.50, kids $9.75. Children younger than 5 are free.
- (405) 478-2250 or email@example.com
7. Oklahoma City Zoo
Get up close and personal with animals large and small at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Ride a camel, feed a giraffe, take the Elephant Express Tram, touch stingrays and more when you embark on an adventure at this local zoo that is located in northeast OKC. End your day with a fun spin on the endangered species carousel! (some activities have an additional cost)
- 2101 NE 50th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73111
- Open daily from 9 am- 5 pm.
- Adult tickets are $12, kid tickets are $9, kids younger than 2 are free.
8. Science Museum Oklahoma
Enjoy more than 390,000 square feet of fun at this marvelous museum in OKC. Drive a Segway, learn about dinosaurs, explore “CurioCity” and so much more. This museum is educational and engaging for guests of all ages. There is an on-site cafe, so plan to spend the day at this fun-for-all-ages hands-on spot.
- 2020 Remington Place, Oklahoma City, OK 73111
- Open Monday- Friday 9 am- 5 pm, Saturday 9 am- 6 pm and Sunday 11 am- 6 pm.
- Adults $18.95, kids $14.95, kids younger than 2 are free.
- 405-602-6664 or firstname.lastname@example.org
9. Blue Zoo
Under the sea adventures await at the Blue Zoo in OKC! Kids of all ages will enjoy learning about marine life as well as playing at the play structures on the second floor of this “blue zoo.” Feed birds and stingrays, see sharks and an octopus and so much more. You may even get lucky and see a few mermaids in the water!
- 2501 W Memorial Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73134
- Open Monday- Thursday 11 am- 7 pm, Saturday 11 am- 8 pm and Sunday 12- 6 pm.
- Single day tickets are $19.95 for adults and $16.95 for kids.
- 405-666-9844 or email@example.com
10. Museum of Osteology
Bones, bones and more bones! That’s what you’ll see when you visit the Museum of Osteology in southeast OKC. Guests will get the chance to view more than 300 skeletons from species that come from all over the world. Kids will love Explorers Corner, where they can examine real animal skulls.
- 10301 S Sunnylane Rd, Oklahoma City, OK 73160
- Open Monday- Friday 9 am- 5 pm, Saturday 11 am- 5 pm and Sunday 12- 5 pm.
- Adults are $12, kids are $10, kids younger than 3 are free.
- 405-814-0006 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wrapping Up the Top 10 Things To Do OKC
Oklahoma City, OK is truly an exciting, kid-friendly destination for families seeking a getaway that combines learning with play.
OKC is a large city with a small-town feel that has a rich history and an interesting landscape in which to grow and explore.
The green spaces found in the city center at Myriad Botanic Gardens and Scissortail Park will feel like you’ve escaped to the country in the middle of the city.
If you want to replicate the green grass and idyllic look of these urban spaces at your own home, consider artificial grass installation in Oklahoma!
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