Oklahoma City, OK

Things to Do in Oklahoma City, OK

Diana Rowe

The capital of the state offers so many things to do in Oklahoma City with the family.

Start with fun things like riding a water taxi to visiting their unique zoo to experiencing its cowboy culture.

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Take time to visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum and hear stories of survivors and those who saved them.

Oklahoma City is one of those midwest destinations that will surprise you with all the things it has to offer.

Read on for things to do in OKC on your next family vacation.

1. Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum

Located in downtown OKC, the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum offers visitors an extensive self-guided, chronological, and interactive audio/video tour.

This tour tells the story that began on April 19, 1995, when the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building occurred and killed 168 people.

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The average visit lasts about an hour and a half. Visitors will:

  • Listen to the incredible stories of survivors trapped in the chaos. Listen also to the amazing rescue workers, construction volunteers, the medical community, and others who helped save them.
  • Helicopter news footage shows the building at 9:13 AM and press releases from around the world regarding the bombing amid an outpouring of concern and sympathy.
  • See crime scene photos. Key evidence from members of the justice team and investigators who pieced together the case. You’ll even see the getaway car, evidence from the trials, and more.
  • Browse the families’ displays of personal artifacts and photographs of their loved ones and tell their own personal stories.
  • Learn about the rebuilding and how survivors and family members led the effort to have new Congressional legislation passed.

2. Myriad Botanical Gardens

The Myriad Botanical Gardens is an elegant 15-acre natural escape in the heart of downtown.

It features “splash fountains,” a waterfall, a children’s garden, a playground, and cute baby rabbits and ducks.

But wait there’s more!

Explore its beautifully landscaped plants.

Visit the Park House restaurant.

Take your four-legged family friend to its off-leash dog park.

Experienced its paths for jogging and walking, and save time to enjoy concerts in the Bandshell.

The Crystal Bridge Conservatory is a gardener’s dream, featuring a resident talking parrot.

Also, the Gardens offers horticultural education programs for children and adults.

Everything’s been made even nicer by recent a multi-million-dollar renovation that was partially funded by the city.

3. Bricktown Entertainment District & Water Taxi

Bricktown Entertainment District is packed with more than 40 attractions, restaurants, and bars within walking distance.

To get the most out of your visit, board a Bricktown Water Taxi, a regularly scheduled, historically-themed, and entertaining narrated cruise.

Enjoy the views while cruising through the heart of downtown and its Bricktown entertainment district.

The informative cruise lasts about 40 minutes or so. The admission ticket is good for the whole day if you want to ride the boat multiple times.

Learn the history and information about the different attractions, hotels, and restaurants that you pass.

Be sure to check out the amazing artwork and bronze statues along the canal.

4. Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum and Oklahoma Railway Museum

Families will love visiting the Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum and riding the Oklahoma Railway Museum in the Adventure District.

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5. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Experiencing the cowboy life at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum especially in the Children’s Cowboy Corral. Here kids can look and feel like a little cowpoke when they dress up.

6. Oklahoma City Zoo

Who can resist a face like this at the Oklahoma City Zoo? Photo: Visit OKC

And kids of all ages will love the Oklahoma City Zoo has more than 2,000 animals and amazing exhibits.

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Where to Stay in Oklahoma City: Bricktown

When searching through hotels in OKC, consider the Bricktown, a historic district in Oklahoma City.

It’s close to so many popular things to do including the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, Myriad Botanical Gardens, and the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

There are plenty of good hotels in Bricktown.

One popular pick is the Hyatt Place Oklahoma City/Bricktown, offering 24/7 dining options, an indoor pool, and a fitness center.

Aloft Oklahoma City Downtown – Bricktown is a chic selection with its eye-catching architecture and funky interior design.

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Denver-based freelance writer Diana Rowe wants to open the conversation that Life after 50 is not the end — it’s the beginning! She'll talk real lifestyle stuff like juggling work, marriage, caregiver for elderly parent, relationships with adult children, grandchildren, and blended families, what works what doesn't, but when all else fails, she bakes! She'll share her favorite recipes, especially baking! her favorite traveling partners are her grandkids — and sometimes she even lets their parents tag along! She wants to inspire other grandparents to travel with their adult children and grandchildren to create new and lasting memories as a multigenerational family. Seriously! The. Most. Fun. Ever.

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