Recently we traveled to Oklahoma City for my son’s 13th Birthday as he is a big Oklahoma City Thunder fan (much to the chagrin of my Laker loving husband). We only had 3 days in this great little city so we wanted to make the most of it. What we found is that OKC has a ton of things to do for kids, in fact, we found 15 fun things to do in OKC with kids in just 3 days
15 Things to do in OKC with Kids and 3 are FREE
15) Visit the Parks of the Botanical Gardens (FREE)
In the middle of the city is a massive park that is over 15 acres where kids can play, enjoy some splash pads and roam around. It’s a similar feel to central park in new york, where although you are in the middle of Oklahoma City, you don’t even notice it because of the magnificent park. They even have concerts there on occasion with a nice little seating area to watch the performance
- Pro Tip – Bring Fido along as this is an off’ leash park
14) Head inside the Myriad Botanical Gardens
For $8 (children $5) you can head inside the Myriad Botanical Gardens. The highlight of the botanical gardens is the Crystal Bridge Conservatory. Inside you will find thousands of plants, waterfalls birds and stunning views of a tropical forest. My favorite part is taking a walk across the crystal bridge and look down upon all the gardens.
13) Take in a Minor League Baseball Game at the Oklahoma City Dodgers
In the middle of Bricktown is a small but beautiful Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark which hosts the Oklahoma City Dodgers. As loyal Dodger fans, we were excited to swing by this ballpark and take pictures with some iconic statues. There are over 60 games played there throughout the year, and it is located right in the heart of town so it is super easy to get to.
12) Visit some cute (and ferocious) creatures at the Oklahoma City Zoo
Oklahoma’s destination to connect people to the world’s wildlife and wild places. A wonderful family experience that allows you to step into the wild. This zoo features 12 different animal exhibits, including an Oklahoma Trails Adventure! Here you will be able to enjoy eight acres of the state’s natural wonder and beauty. It features over 100 different species of animals that are native to Oklahoma and over 800 individual animals. Guests here may also view 11 distinct life zones that are unique to the Oklahoma state. You can even take the boardwalk and explore the grassy terrain of Black Mesa, the hills of the Ozark Highlands, and even view their 25-foot replica of Turner Falls! You can also head on over to their Sanctuary Asia dedicated to the endangered animals of the Asian continent. Here the animals can thrive while receiving world-class animal care and be admired by new audiences in new ways! It is a truly wonderful refugee for the animals to be protected from predators and habitat loss. Visit and you’ll experience a world where people and wildlife thrive!
11) Ride some roller coasters at Frontier City
This 40-acre Wild West theme park opened in 1958, and is Oklahoma’s largest theme park! It truly accommodates everyone in the family – from the kiddos to the adrenaline junkies! The park has five thrill-seeking roller-coasters, a family friendly area featuring ten rides you can enjoy together as a family, and even has a kiddie area with eight fun-filled rides and two interactive play structures that your little ones will absolutely love! During the summer cool on one of their four water slides and attractions! Frontier City also features the Free Summer Concert Series with well-known talent. It is a great venue to enjoy Halloween with their annual FrightFest event featuring special shows and the largest and scariest haunted house in Oklahoma! There is always something for everyone at Frontier City!
10) Make a Splash at Whitewater Bay
In the summer there are even more things to do in OKC with kids. Unfortunately for us, we arrived in November so we could not enjoy such summer activities as Whitewater Bay. Open from May-September Whitewater Bay has a giant wave-pool over 15 slides and a kids zone. The drop slide looks really intense
9) Do a Little Ice Skating during the Holidays
During the holiday season, you can enjoy some Outdoor Ice Skating on Devon Ice Rink located at Myriad Botanical Gardens. You can enjoy this ice rink 7 days a week from mid-November through late January. They also have some special events like Rock n Skate and Learn to Curl, these events do sell out so order tickets early.
8) Take a boat tour through Bricktown on the Bricktown Water Taxi (FREE During the Holidays)
Hop aboard this 30-minute boat tour and enjoy a scenic boat ride through Bricktown. This little tour was a lot of fun and you get to see some incredible sculptures of the Sooners (which I actually had no idea what a Sooner was before this boat ride) You also learn some history on how Oklahoma City was literally the city that was built in one day!
7) Enjoy a little Bowling & Dining at Hey Day
Over in Bricktown is Hey Day Bowling, Arcade & Dining. This is a great place to catch a game while having fun with the family Their bowling alley is filled with giant T.V. screens to enjoy while you get your bowling on. The best part is the waiter service to your lane. You get to just kick back and enjoy bowling with your family and friends while food and drinks are served at your will. My husband really loved the bowling the most, but I think it is just because he won. After you are done bowling you can head upstairs to the arcade for some pop a shot, skeeball and more. Hey Day is walking distance from the baseball park and Chesapeake arena so it is the perfect place to stop before a game.
6) Check out the Museum Hotel (FREE to view artwork)
We were lucky enough to stay at the museum hotel in Oklahoma City. When you enter this hotel it is not like any other hotel you have ever seen. The first floor is an Art Museum with a wide variety of modern art and sculptures that are rotated on a consistent basis so you never know what you are going to see. My personal favorite was the giant arrows shooting out of the ground on the floor we were staying on. Also, we were lucky enough to see some NBA stars as it turned out the Clippers were staying in the same hotel as us.
5) Enjoy Delicious Food
It turns out Oklahoma City is a bit of a foodie town. All over Oklahoma City, you can find some pretty delicious cuisine, from Barbecue to farm to table, they really have it all. Our personal favorites were Waffle Champion, The Mule, & dessert over at Roxy’s Ice Cream Social. Waffle House has incredible waffle sandwiches, my son had the fried chicken waffle sandwich with tobasco honey. I loved my bacon egg and cheddar waffle with a little syrup on top. Over at the Mule, you can enjoy some delicious sandwiches including the Cortez which is served on jalapeno cornbread. YUMMMMMMY!
4) Tour OKC on Two Wheels
Spokies OKC bike share program is perfect for locals and visitors of downtown OKC to see the area without breaking the bank! They have seven conveniently located bike rental kiosks around downtown. All you need is a credit card, comfortable shoes and you’re ready to go! They offer free thirty-minutes rides and have flexible rental options with hourly, daily, or even monthly passes. So the next time you are in OKC, grab a Spokies and see the city from a different perspective. Some popular sites to see via Spokies are Bricktown, and the Deep Deuce District!
3) Visit the Science Museum
A must see family destination in OKC! It holds more than eight acres of hands-on science experiences, with tons of space, aviation, and cultural artifacts for visitors to enjoy. They offer eighteen different science exhibits and include a garden area that is made up of native and Oklahoma proven plants! Here guests can participate in lawn games which help educate about flowers, and other botanical facts. It also serves as a great escape for guests who prefer a quieter environment with picnic tables and lawn spaces that are perfect for a quiet relaxing lunch or just as a peaceful getaway.
2) Hit up the Boathouse District
If you’re looking for some outdoor fun in OKC look no further, the Boathouse District along the Oklahoma River is the hotspot for outdoor recreation in OKC. It is a must see OKC experience! Fun fact: it is the official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic training site for rowing and canoeing/kayaking and hosts numerous regattas throughout the year. Some things that you can enjoy here include a Riversport Adventure Pass which allows you to sample all the activities offered at the Boathouse District (including canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and so much more). Or you can try out the Riversport Rapids! This state-of-the-art rafting and kayaking facility is geared for family fun and elite athletic training to cater to all that visit – no matter your athletic ability. They also offer more than 13 miles of paved trails that are great for running, walking, or cycling, for those who would prefer to stay on land. For those thrill seekers out there they offer an 80-foot climbing structure called the Sandridge Sky Trail that has six levels of challenges that get harder the higher you climb! It is one of the tallest adventure courses of its kind in the world! Once you reach the top, you can speed down the 72-foot Sky Slide or free fall from the Rumble Drop! They also offer a 700-foot zip line across the Oklahoma River and back, now that’s a seriously fun thing to do in OKC!
1) Go to Chesapeake Arena and See the Oklahoma City Thunder
If you are a basketball fan like we are, you have to go and see the Oklahoma City Thunder if they are playing. It was absolutely one of the best things to do in OKC with kids. The arena has the feel of college arena where the crowd is so into the game.
As you head into the arena there are games to play and music to enjoy. Inside the concourse, there is some great food options (which I was very happy about since most arena food stinks) a special area just for kids where they can play basketball, hang out with the mascot and just have fun.
We grab our tickets for the Thunder from TickPick. They are by far my husband’s favorite ticket reseller as they charge no service fees. Check ticket prices here!
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