Visiting Oklahoma City with kids
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At the intersection of Interstates I-35 and I-40, you’ll find Oklahoma City – the crossroads of America. It’s a place where old brick warehouses in downtown are being turned into chic places to eat and play, old neighborhoods are being revitalized into fun destinations with green spaces and fun activities, and local chefs and entrepreneurs are opening businesses and restaurants. Best of all, it’s a fantastic destination for families to explore!OKC Wheel - things to do with kids in OKC

We recently visited Oklahoma City and were surprised by what we found – a family destination that can hold its own with any other city, and it’s only getting better. I should know, I used to live here when I was a kid when it was mostly just a rest stop on the way to somewhere else more fun.

Come read why OKC is now the destination all its own, and why your family will love it!

Disclaimer: We partnered with VisitOKC for this post. They hosted us for two nights and provided tickets to some of the attractions we’re writing about, as well as some meals. This post also has affiliate links which help us bring you awesome family-travel content, and we appreciate you using our links and supporting our efforts. Safe travels!

Things to do with kids in OKC!

Adventure awaits in OKC’s Adventure District

Family-Friendly places to visit in Oklahoma City’s Adventure District

Go Wild at the Oklahoma City Zoo

OKC Zoo - stuff to do in Oklahoma CityWe love animals and zoos, so we were excited to spend a full day in OKC at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens. What made this visit exceptional were the behind-the-scenes Wild Encounters that we had planned for the day. Who doesn’t want to get up close to some of their favorite animals?

No one – that’s who.

Our first encounter was with the rhinos in the morning. Unfortunately, they were napping and decided it was in their best interest to continue doing so. We did get to learn a lot from the trainer about their habitat and behavior which was neat.Rhino encounter at the OKC Zoo - things to do for families in OKC

Our second encounter was with the Galapagos tortoises, and they were more willing to cooperate. What awesome animals! Galapagos tortoise encounter -OKC activities at the ZooIn addition to learning about how they live, we were able to feed them and touch their shells and leathery skin. Max here seemed to enjoy that part.

Galapagos tortoise encounter - things for kids to do in OKC
Max enjoying a nice pat on the neck.
  • Fun Fact!

    Did you know that these slow-moving animals can see in color and that they are attracted to it? We sure didn’t, but it’s why they loved our orange shirts! Book one of the OKC Zoo’s Wild Encounters here before your visit, and we guarantee you’ll learn something cool also!

Our last encounter was with the elephants. We watched in awe as they responded to a series of commands from the trainers that allows them to better study the animals and make sure they’re healthy. We all loved giving them a gentle pat while they snacked on fruits and veggies.Elephant encounter at the Oklahoma City Zoo - activities in OKC

It was so fun interacting with these animals up close!

Elephant encounter - fun stuff to do in OKC
Gimmie 5 up high!

The entire program was really fun, and our guide Jordan was knowledgeable, and her passion for the zoo and it’s residents was evident. Don’t hesitate to book one of these encounters – everyone will love it!

The OKC Zoo is always improving, and we came away impressed with the amount of projects that have been undertaken and completed in recent years. Opening soon is their new Asia exhibit, which will be fantastic and will provide new homes for many of the zoo’s animals. The Oklahoma Trails exhibit is particularly interesting to us as it features animals native to Oklahoma, but their primate exhibit – Great EscApe – was one of our favorites.

Their western lowland gorillas are facinating and charmed us nearly to death. Just look at this heartbreaker! Gorillas at the Oklahoma City Zoo - Oklahoma City activitiesThey even have a newborn who is still being reared by caretakers since his mom didn’t really take to him. When this happens, volunteers work round-the-clock shifts to hold and snuggle him just like a momma should.

Um…where do we sign up?!?

Another must-see exhibit at the OKC Zoo is the ExploriKeet Adventure.

Feeding the Lorikeets at the OKC Zoo - cheap things to do in OKC

Buy a small cup of nectar and in no-time, you’ll have all the new friends you can handle! It’s the perfect way to add some color to your life, we say!family things to do in OKC - feeding the lorikeets at the zoo

The Oklahoma City Zoo really is one of the best we’ve visited, and we highly recommend it if that’s your thing. Say “hi” to Elvis the white peacock for us. He’s a likable fellow and likes to chat. In fact, you’ll probably hear him all day long!

Science for the win! Exploring Science Museum Oklahoma

Science Museum OKC- fun things for kids in OKCLongtime Okies will remember this as the Kirkpatrick Center (or Omniplex) next to the zoo, but it’s now named Science Museum Oklahoma, and it is better than ever. All their “greatest hits” are still here like the Echo Tube, the utterly mesmerizing gravitram, and the shadow wall. This museum is one of our favorite things to do in Oklahoma City with kids.

watching the gravitram at the Science Museum OKC - what to do in Oklahoma CityThis museum is all about making science fun, and they succeed in a big way. There’s no shortage of interesting exhibits, hand-on science, and engaging spaces. Play some of your favorite games from a new perspective in Big Game Theory or learn about the weather – particularly Oklahoma’s severe weather – in Eye on the Sky.

Tiny Tracks is 1,000 feet of model train, complete with interactive buttons that activate elements in the models. When you’re done, peek into the fully restored Pullman train car to see what it might have been like to travel by train decades ago.Model trains at Science Museum OKC - things to do for families in OKC

If you like exploring the cosmos, don’t miss the Planetarium and also the Destination Space exhibit where you’ll learn about the life (and science!) of being an astronaut. You can also learn about some of Oklahoma’s astronauts like Gordon Cooper (Mercury) and Tom Stafford (Apollo).

  • Like Space?

    Come read about our trip to Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL. It’s the perfect destination for families who are into exploring space!

    Kennedy Space Center with kids

Don’t miss a walk through Mind Games for some brain-bending fun with illusions and scientific explanations for why we see things the way we do. It’s a lot of head-scratching fun for everyone.Science Museum OKC- Oklahoma City attractions

We’ve barely covered all there is to do here at Science Museum Oklahoma, but be sure to allow at least a half-day to see everything, including any special exhibits that might be on. During our visit, we were able to see Into the Fold: The Art and Science of Origami, which offered a unique look into this ancient art and how it’s part of today’s cutting-edge science. Fascinating (and beautiful) stuff.Origami exhibit at the Science Museum OKC - activities in Oklahoma City

  • Hours and Tickets

    Hours at Science Museum Oklahoma
    Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
    Saturday 9am-6pm
    Sunday 11am-6pm

Ride with your posse to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum OKC - best places to visit in OklahomaAnother gem in Oklahoma City’s Adventure District is the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum which boasts one of the finest collections of western and Native American art and artifacts anywhere. From pop culture to firearms, if it has anything to do with the American West, you’ll probably find it here.

In between browsing the paintings and sculpture, learn about some of the real stories of Native Americans and American Cowboys during America’s race to settle the West. Follow along the Trail of Tears, or explore the fun of a rodeo.

Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum OKC - places to visit in Oklahoma CityGet up close to marvel at the intricate metal work on rare firearms by the likes of Colt and Winchester. Kids will enjoy the Cowboy Corral, an interactive exhibit where they can dress up like cowboys and cowgirls, cook dinner at the chuck wagon, or saddle up and ride a ‘horse’ off into the sunset.

Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum - things to do with kids in OKCOklahoma City’s National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum garners national and international attention, so give it a shot. It’s one of the best museums in Oklahoma City.

  • Hours and Tickets

    Hours for the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
    Monday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Sunday: Noon – 5:00 p.m.

    Tickets are purchased at the museum.

Give OKC a spin in the Oklahoma City Wheeler District

Things to do in OKC’s Wheeler District
  • Wheeler Ferris Wheel
  • The Big Friendly and Taco Nation
  • Wheeler Criterium Bike Race and Cycling Festival

Wheeler Ferris Wheel

OKC Wheeler District - family fun in OKCNo doubt about it, the Wheeler District is popular for families, and for good reason. It has (mostly) everything to do with the giant Ferris Wheel located right next to the Oklahoma River that offers up perfect views of downtown and a sunset-watching experience among the best in the city. It’s also one of the best free things to do in OKC.
  • Fun Fact!

    You may recognize this wheel. It used to be in Santa Monica, California as part of their famed Santa Monica Pier. It was purchased on eBay (because, of course it was), refurbished, and now it’s back to pleasing kids and families like it always has. Also, Santa Monica, CA is the end of Route 66. Coincidence? I think not…

The rest of this district is really about community, enjoying each other’s company, and tacos – all important things. City planners are working to develop the area with more housing, parks, and an urban farm, but for now, it’s a lovely place to find a hammock, relax, and sway away whatever troubles you. Bring a Frisbee and enjoy the park, or just take in the views over a picnic. Or maybe tacos. Both are appropriate.🌮Find a hammock at the OKC wheel - kid friendly things to do in OKC

  • Hours and Tickets

    Wheeler Wheel Hours of Operation
    Tuesday – 11:00am – 9:00pm
    Wednesday – 11:00am – 9:00pm
    Thursday – 11:00am – 9:00pm
    Friday – 11:00am – 10:00pm
    Saturday – 8:00am – 10:00pm
    Sunday – 12:00pm – 9:00pm

Shoot the rapids in Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District

Things to do in OKC’s Boathouse District
  • Riversport Adventures – whitewater rafting, kayaking, zip line, sky trail, tubing, and stand-up paddleboarding
  • Camping
  • Watch world-class rowing on the Oklahoma River

Related: Check out our ultimate guide to visiting Riversport OKC. It's got everything you need to know all in one place!

Riversport Adventures OKC

Riversport Adventures Oklahoma City - top things to do in Oklahoma CityOklahoma City’s Boathouse District is all about fun on the water, and it delivers! Adjacent to the Oklahoma River south of downtown, the Boathouse District is anchored by Riversport Adventures, an adventure water sport and rafting company known for its whitewater rafting courses.
Rafting with Riversport Adventures OKC - family activities in OKC
Credit: Riversport Adventures

Whitewater rafting in the middle of the midwestern plains you say? Yep. This $45.2 million rafting and kayaking facility is legit, and is even an official US Olympic & Paralympic Training Site for both whitewater and flat water programs. With class II-IV whitewater on tap, this is the real deal.

And man, is it fun!

Riversport Adventures Oklahoma City - family fun in OKC
Credit: Riversport Adventures

Once you meet up with your guide, you’ll go over safety, PFD (life jacket) fittings, and you’ll hop in the raft. There are two courses and you’ll go for a total of 3 circuits. A conveyor belt takes you up each time – no lugging rafts! If you’re looking for some authentic rafting, this is it. We all loved it and would go back in a second.

Included with our day passes was access to the slides and sky trail.

Walk the Sky Trail at Riversport Adventures OKC - kid activities in OKCCarrie and the kids scrambled around on this for a bit and had a good time. When you get to the top, take the stairs or slide down one of the slides – some of the tallest in America.

  • Family-Travel Tip!

    If you schedule your rafting time a few hours after opening, you’ll have plenty of time to climb around the sky trail and do the slides before you have to report to your rafting group. By then, you’ll have worked up a sweat and the rafting will cool you off!

Riversport Adventures is so much fun for families and was a highlight of our visit to OKC. Be sure to check out their events page for special events and programming like Floating Films where they show a movie on a large screen while you (calmly) float around the river, or find a rowing event to attend. Whatever you decide, definitely put it on your list!Riversport Adventures Oklahoma City - fun activities in OKC

Old is the new New in Bricktown, Oklahoma City

Things to do for families in Bricktown OKC
  • Take a Water Taxi on the Bricktown Canal
  • Enjoy a game with the OKC Thunder or the OKC Dodgers
  • Find a concert at Chesapeake Energy Arena
  • Go for a climb at Climb Up
Bricktown Water Taxi - things to do in Bricktown OKCOnce a wasteland of rusted-out warehouses and shuttered businesses, Bricktown is now the entertainment hub of downtown Oklahoma City. Today, professional sports franchises play in state-of-the-art-arenas, people walk the streets enjoying the restaurants and night life, and families can enjoy the Bricktown Canal that runs through the district. It’s a great place to visit and one that you shouldn’t miss on a trip to OKC.

We’re fortunate enough to have watched the OKC Thunder play basketball, and if you’ve never been to an NBA game, you should go! It’s a lot of fun. Be sure to find their mascot Rumble the Bison before the game for a picture.

  • Family-Travel Tip!

    If this is your first time watching the Thunder, find the guest services booth, let them know that this is your first game, and they’ll hook the kids up with a little something fun.

Bricktown Water Taxi

A great way to see everything Bricktown has to offer is a ride with Bricktown Water Taxi. This easy-going tour is well worth your time – especially if you’re planning on spending an entire afternoon or evening downtown – because your ticket gets you hop-on, hop-off access to all the stops around the canal.Bricktown Water Taxi OKC - things to do in bricktown with kids

The guides are knowledgeable folks who will drop all kinds of interesting trivia about the canal and OKC. You’ll see sculpture, art, gardens, and more, so give it a go!

Summit OKC

If you look south from the canal, you’ll likely notice a grain elevator that has been painted with a very cool mural. In a stroke of genius, that grain elevator has been turned into a climbing gym by Summit, and you can scale both the inside and outside of the structure. Introductory classes are available for new climbers if you want to give it a shot. Check here for packages and pricing.

Eating your way around Bricktown

No discussion of Bricktown would be complete without mentioning food, and Bricktown is full of great places to eat. Here are some of our favorites:
  • Chelinos – yummy Mexican food location right along the river, and one of Bricktown’s very first riverfront restaurants.
  • Sonic – One of the few Sonic Drive-Ins that you can sit inside.
  • Bricktown Brewery – Unique and delicious gastropub fare with locally brewed (as in next door) beers to match.
  • Pinkitzel Cupcakes and Candy – The name says it all.
  • Marble Slab Creamery – You guys all know this one, right? Delicious.
  • Fuzzy’s Taco Shop – Street tacos, nachos, and dips. You know – the important things.

If you want to take lunch or dinner up a notch, consider HeyDay. Bowl a frame or two while you enjoy your meal, then play some old-school video games, air hockey, and more.HeyDay in Bricktown - fun kid restaurants OKC

  • Fun Fact!

    You know all those Sonic Drive-Ins you stopped at on your way to OKC? With the gazillion drink options and tasty burgers? Well, their world headquarters is right here in Bricktown, and next door is the Sonic I mentioned earlier. Guess where they test all the new stuff on the menu that product development dreams up? Right next door. Stay ahead of the game and pay them a visit.

Oklahoma City Midtown District

Things to do (and eat) in Midtown OKC
  • The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen
  • Waffle Champion
  • Capitals Ice Cream

The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen

The Halls Pizza Kitchen OKC - kid friendly restaurants OKCOklahoma City’s Midtown District is just north of the downtown business district and is known for its unique, independent shops and ever-growing food scene. During a recent visit, we sampled the food from several Midtown restaurants, and it was all amazing.

For our family, pizza is always an option, and The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen does it as well as anyone. Their pies are a cut above with top-shelf ingredients and wood-fired perfection. To start, order the Quinn’s Burrata.

The Halls Pizza Kitchen OKC - pizza in Oklahoma City
Burrata with prosciutto and warm bread.

We also devoured the Blanco and Saturday Night pies, and they were delicious. Don’t forget about dessert either. Their famous cookies come in several tasty flavors.The Halls Pizza Kitchen dessert - best food for kids in OKC

For something a little more ‘chill’ for dessert, head next door to Capitals. Pick your flavor (vanilla or chocolate), add your toppings and mix-ins, and enjoy. We did Chocolate with Oreos and Cocoa Puffs because we suffer from chocolate deficiency syndrome. 😜Capitals Ice Cream OKC - where to eat in OKC with kids

Waffle Champion

Waffle Champion - Best breakfast in OKCFor breakfast/brunch, Waffle Champion wins with a unanimous decision. They specialize in (you guessed it) waffles, but not just any waffles. These are magic waffles that cast a spell on you that makes you keep eating them until they’re gone. Truth.

Waffle Champion S'Mores Waffle - best brunch in OKCWe shared the S’Mores waffle (with actual torched marshmallow) and the Blueberry Surprise that has blueberry-thyme compote, lemon curd, goat cheese, and oatmeal crumble. Keep your sad Eggo, we’ll be having these, thanks.

Soak up the culture in Oklahoma’s Downtown Arts District

Things to do in Downtown OKC
  • Oklahoma City Museum of Art
  • Myriad Botanical Gardens
  • OKC Civic Center Music Hall

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is one of Oklahoma’s premier art museum covering over five centuries of art in its permanent collection. It also boasts one of the world’s largest public collections of glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly and serves over 125,000 visitors annually. You’ll find works by Georgia O’Keeffe, Renoir, and everything in between.

If you’re staying at the 21c Museum Hotel (near the museum), be sure to get your discount! Click here for details.

  • Hours and Tickets

    OKCMOA Hours
    Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am–5 pm
    Thursday: 10 am–9 pm
    Sunday: Noon–5 pm
    Closed on Mondays

Myriad Botanical Gardens

The Myriad Botanical Gardens is a 15 acre oasis right in the middle of downtown OKC and offers visitors green spaces, ornamental gardens, and children’s garden and playground. It’s all free to enjoy, and a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. For a small admission fee, you can tour the Crystal Bridge Conservatory. Its 13,000 square feet of tropical plants and gardens is the centerpiece at Myriad, and you can’t miss it with its 3,082 translucent acrylic panels. Check here for schedules and tickets.

Civic Center Music Hall

The Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall is home to performances of all types from Broadway musicals to local productions of Handel’s Messiah during the holidays. If your family enjoys world-class performances in a great venue, be sure to check the schedule before you arrive. Chance are, you’ll find something you’ll want to attend. Check here for performances and tickets.

Cruise the main drag at Automobile Alley

Things to do in OKC’s Automobile Alley District
  • Iguana
  • Hatch Early Mood Food
  • Shopping
OKC’s Automobile Alley District was the former home of Oklahoma City’s many automobile dealerships up until the 1970’s, and many of the city’s elite lived in the neighborhood in beautiful Victorian homes. Today, it’s being revived and is now home to some of the city’s best shopping and dining.


Our brunch at Iguana was superb, and if you’re looking for good, authentic Mexican cuisine, this is a great choice. From street tacos to carnitas, Iguana is legit, and our meals were delicious. We shared the fish tacos, brunch torta, and skillet enchiladas. You would be wise to do the same. Yummy! Iguana Mexican Restaurant OKC - family restaurants in OKC

Hatch Early Mood Food

As the name suggests, Hatch Early Mood Food is doing all things breakfast, and doing it well. In fact, rise and shine early, because it will get busy and the wait is long. They rocked our taste buds with poutine (on Canada Day no less!), house-made beignets with orange glaze, peanut butter bacon, and Nutella dipping sauces, and the big-as-the-plate chicken fried steak. It was gluttony on a global scale, and seriously delicious.Hatch Early Mood Food OKC - best brunch with kids in OKC

Once you’ve had all the #noms you can handle, take a walk around the neighborhood and do some shopping at one of the many independent businesses. Also, be sure to check the events calendar for special events happening. There’s usually something fun! Just north of Bricktown, Automobile Alley is easy to find and worth checking out on your OKC visit.

Pie’s the limit in the Plaza District!

Things to do in OKC’s Plaza District
  • Pie Junkie
  • Gorō Ramen
  • Shopping

Pie Junkie

Pie Junkie OKC - fun places in OKCI will freely admit that finding and eating good food in a new destination is one my favorite things. In fact, we all do here at AftT which is why we love Oklahoma City – their foodie game is strong. Our good friend Leslie and her co-owner Darcy are leading the charge in the Plaza District with their shop Pie Junkie. It’s a great place for…pie junkies. Exhibit A below…

Pie Junkie OKC - best family restaurants in OKCThey are serving up all kinds of gourmet creations that are so good, they often sell out. Every. Day. With a pie named Drunken Turtle, what do you expect? Their Kentucky Bourbon Pecan is another favorite, and if we’re all lucky enough for the OKC Thunder to make the playoffs, they bless us with a special ‘Thunder Pie’ with blueberries and orange cream that will make you want to personally finance Kevin Durant’s return to the team. It’s that good – don’t miss it.

Gorō Ramen

Goro Ramen OKC - places to eat with kids in Oklahoma CityFor dinner, try the little ramen shop across the street called Gorō Ramen. Their spicy noodle bowls are amazing, and just the thing to clear your sinuses and warm your soul on a chilly day. The menu is simple, but the flavors are not. Delicious.

Old Meets New in OKC’s Film Row District

Things to do in OKC’s Film Row
  • Caeli’s Sweets, Eats, and Bar
  • 21c Museum Hotel
  • The Jones Collective

21c Museum Hotel

21c Museum Hotel OKC - kid friendly hotels in Oklahoma CityOKC’s Film Row District hearkens back to a time when Hollywood’s major studios and top brass had offices here in the 1960’s and business was booming. Today, Film Row is bustling with independent shops, restaurants, and small businesses. Swing by Caeli’s for something sweet, and if you’re staying overnight, consider staying at the incredible 21c Museum Hotel.
21c Museum Hotel OKC - kid friendly hotels in OKC
Art installations in the hotel hallways right outside our room. Awesome!

We stayed two nights here and came away impressed. In fact, it was one of the coolest hotels we’ve ever stayed at. The hotel is really a contemporary art museum with rooms on the upper floors. The kids loved looking at the murals, art, and installations all over the hotel, including one right outside of our room. Be sure to watch for the purple penguins – they like to roam around, and you’ll find them in new places each day. Our room had outrageously tall ceilings, a couch and table to work from, comfortable beds, and was clean – everything a travelling family would want. Service was excellent also.

21c Museum Hotel OKC - fun hotels in Oklahoma City
Our welcome party at the 21c – our favorite color!

There are many places your could stay in OKC, but they won’t be this awesome. Trust us.

Film Row is located in downtown just west of Bricktown and the Myriad Gardens.

For something good to eat, check out The Jones Collective. They have excellent pizzas and a hot chicken sandwich that would make Nashville proud.

The Jones Collective Film Row OKC

Frontier City


Frontier City OKC - amusement parks in OKCFrontier City is Oklahoma’s premier theme park, complete with roller coasters, thrill rides, and lots of western-themed fun for the entire family. For a classic wooden coaster, take a ride on the Wildcat. It’s an out-and-back design with lots of fun bunny hops and air time at the end. For something a little faster, be sure to ride the Silver Bullet.Frontier City OKC - family fun in Oklahoma

If that’s a little too intense, try the new Steel Lasso – Oklahoma’s only suspended roller coaster. Despite the name, it’s an easy-going ride for the entire family. Take in a show, go for a ride around the park on the Old 89’er Express, or let the kids drive their own car at the Tin Lizzy’s. Whatever you choose, it’s a solid day of fun and one of the area’s classic OKC attractions. Be sure to ride the Grand Centennial Ferris Wheel at dusk for great views of the city.

White Water Bay

White Water Bay is the splashy, wet counterpoint to Frontier City. It’s Oklahoma’s largest water park with over 30 rides and attractions. When it’s hot, this is where to go. White Water was all the rage when I was a kid, and it’s still going strong. If you’re looking for water parks in Oklahoma City, White Water Bay is the place and just a short drive west of downtown OKC.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & MuseumOklahoma City National Memorial - places to go in Oklahoma City is one of the most difficult places we’ve visited, but we absolutely recommend it. Located just north of downtown, the Memorial stands on the site where the Alfred P. Murrah Building once stood before it was tragically bombed, and so many lost their lives. That day was April 19th, 1995. Oklahoma City National Memorial Seal

Oklahoma City National Memorial - Reflecting PoolThe Memorial includes the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial and the Memorial Museum. The Symbolic Memorial is a place of reflection. Walk around and enjoy the beauty and quiet of the reflecting pool and read the story of the Survivor Tree as you look out onto the grounds. Oklahoma City National Memorial - OKC museumsAs a National Park affiliate, Park Rangers are available to take questions and enhance your visit. The Symbolic Memorial is free for everyone.

The Memorial Museum is interactive in nature and tells the story of that tragic day and the flurry of events that followed.

Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum

It takes guests through the highs and lows of what Oklahomans and the nation were feeling, and shines a light on the unselfish heroes who rose up and inspired us with their unselfish acts.

It may not be easy to see. You may be uncomfortable. You may cry a little.

You may also be inspired. I know for certain, you’ll see first hand what resilience looks like, and learn how a grieving city rose up from crippling sorrow and healed itself little by little.Oklahoma City National Memorial Wall

Love National Parks? Read more about all of Oklahoma's National Parks here.

And one for the road – Pops on Route 66

Pops Arcadia with kidsOn your way out of town (especially if you’re headed east on Route 66), a stop at Pops 66 Soda Ranch in Arcadia is mandatory. It’s a carbonated wonderland of sugar and fun. Pops Arcadia - things to do in OKC with kidsGrab a 6-pack box and pick out some soda for the road, but be careful, some flavors look and sound better than they actually are. Good luck!Visiting Pops in Arcadia with kids

  • Arcadia Store Hours - Route 66

    Store Hours Daily 6am-10pm
    Restaurant Hours 10:30am-9pm
    Breakfast Sat/Sun 7am-10:30am

Getting to OKC

Getting here is pretty simple. If you’re driving, I-35 runs through the city north and south, as does I-40 east and west. Will Rogers World Airport (OKC) is a large modern airport with service from all major airlines.

Route 66

If you’re driving the Mother Road, Oklahoma has the longest stretch of Route 66 in the country, and it passes through both major cities of Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Enjoy the drive!

As you can see, there’s no shortage of fun things to do in Oklahoma City. We hope we’ve given you a great start for some things to do with kids in OKC. Safe travels!

Be sure to check out our Oklahoma Destination Guide before your trip for other fun things to do in Oklahoma!

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    4 replies to "Things to do with kids in OKC"

    • stephanie watson

      This is a terrifc overview of things to do in OKC, especially with kids and even more helpful for when grandkids come to visit. 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to do this.

      • Carrick

        Hi Stephanie!

        Thanks for reading through our post – we’re glad you liked it. OKC is really booming and a great place for families to play. We’ll be back down that way later this summer so hopefully we can add a few more things to the list. Do you have any favorites that we missed?



    • Lisa Manderino

      This is an amazing post! I am heading to OKC soon and this is super helpful. I grew up there is a lot of new stuff to explore!

      • Carrick

        Hi Lisa!

        We’re glad you found all the info useful. I spent a few years there as a kid growing up and so much has changed. It’s a great place to goof off, get a great bite to eat, and enjoy some adventure.

        Have a great trip!

        – Carrick

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