Hotspots in Oklahoma City, OK
Frontier City is Oklahoma’s largest theme park. This 40-acre theme park features more than 50 rides, including roller coasters, live shows and free concerts. Kids will love the daily Bob the Builder Live show. This western-themed park features family rides including the Steel Lasso, The Prairie Schooner, Grand Centennial Ferris Wheel and the Tornado. Please note that Frontier City is closed November through March.
The Tiger Safari is located just outside Oklahoma City, in the southwest city of Tuttle. This wildlife facilitly allows you to get up close and personal with tigers, deer, porcupines, alligators, bears, and pythons. There are guided walk-through tours that allow you to see over 100 animals on 45 acres. They have fun birthday packages for kids, allowing you to reserve their Tropical Rain Forest Room or Lion King Room. Admission price is reasonable - $5 for kids, $4 for adults and kids under 2 are free.
The Science Museum Oklahoma is full of family friendly activities, including hands-on science exhibits, cultural galleries, aviation and space artifacts, planetarium, Dome Theater, gift shop and café. The International Gymnastics Hall of Fame is included in the museum, and showcases famous medals and awards. Your kids will love the Gadget Tree exhibit, which features a two-story tree house and the nation’s tallest spiral slide. They also have educational programs for kids of all ages.
The Oklahoma City Zoo is ranked as the third best family-friendly zoo in the nation! It features a botanical garden and exhibits ranging from a Butterfly Garden, Island Life, Cat Forest/Lion Overlook, Aqaticus and more. The Children’s Zoo features exhibits and animals perfect for the pint-size guest. The zoo also features a number of family programs, including drawing classes, wreath making class and Ostrich egg painting. The zoo is open from 9am – 5pm, closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s day.
The Orr Family Farm features fun outdoor activities like the Jupiter train rides, petting zoo, courousel rides and numerous playgrounds. Your kids will love riding the pedal carts on the Orr Grand Prix and tasking the homemade jams and jellies. The 4,099 square foot maze and Neal Simpson Mine are both kid favorites at the farm. They have special holiday events and fun birthday packages. Orr Family farm is open from April 3rd through December 18th.
The whole family will love looking at exotic and tropical plants and beautiful gardens at the 17 acre Myriad Botanical Gardens. You can explore the two different areas and landscapes of the gardens – the Tropical Rain Forest Zone and the Dry Tropical Zone. This learning adventure will expose your kids to over 1000 species of plants from six different continents! The Myriad Botanical Gardens are open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Soak up some sun during the summer at the swimming beach at Arcadia Lake right outside Oklahoma City in the city of Edmond. Arcadia Lake offers fishing year round in a heated fishing dock, as well as water sports like boating and skiing. 17 miles of hiking trails (that are also horse-friendly) are perfect for walking or mountain biking. The kids will love the two 18-hole disc golf course, as well as multiple campground selections. Kids aged 5-15 can the All-American Fishing Derby in June.
Your entire family will love taking a tour of Oklahoma City’s Bricktown onboard the Bricktown Water Taxi. The guided tour is 40 minutes of fun, as tour guides show your points of interest and share the history and building of the canal. Tours leave every 10-15 minutes and you can buy a pass that you can use all day. You simply hail the water taxi at various locations on the canal. The main dock is located below Mickey Mantle Boulevard across from the AT & T Bricktown Ballpark.
The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum features the Children’s Cowboy Corral, which allows kids to dress in western gear of boots and chaps. The entire family will enjoy viewing Western contemporary art from Frederic Remington, Charles Russell and Albert Bierstadt. The museum is open Monday through Friday, 10 am - 5pm; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Do your kids love trains? They can take a ride on a real passenger train, authentic dining car or red caboose at the Oklahoma Railway Museum. See a Pullman car that once was used to carry passengers across the country. They have a great display of a real steam engine, passenger cars and freight cars. Train rides are open the first and third Saturdays, April through August. They also offer one train raide the first Saturday in September and the third Saturday in October.