The crisp fall air has arrived in Oklahoma City and with it comes seasonal fun that’s perfect for making new memories. We’ve harvested a bounty of autumn activities your family will enjoy.
Pick one for a weekend excursion or use this list as easy planning inspiration for Thanksgiving break when you’re trying to keep a houseful of relatives entertained throughout the week.
Several museums have added new permanent or temporary exhibits worth checking out. The OKC Museum of Art has refreshed their iconic Chihuly glass collection. The exhibit Chihuly Then and Now: The Collection at Twenty features new works on loan from Chihuly Studio in Seattle, as well as visitor favorites from OKCMOA’s permanent collection. On Nov. 11, Preston Singletary’s Raven and the Box of Daylight exhibit will open, giving visitors a multi-sensory experience that’s both stunning and dynamic.
Science Museum Oklahoma has been around since 1958 and, like science itself, it’s always evolving, with eight acres of hands-on science experiences, art and history that offers interactive fun for kids and adults alike. Stop by the newly upgraded Kirkpatrick Planetarium for daily astronomy shows or explore the recently restored Kyoto Garden for a serene respite. The Science Floor is the heart of the museum, with hundreds of activities to teach, entertain and astound. Learn to drive on two wheels in the Segway Park, easily move a 400-pound weight with the Resonant Pendulum, visit the Tinkering Garage and much more. Bring your own snacks or enjoy a meal at Pavlov’s Grill & Snacks.
While you’re in the neighborhood, spend some time at the OKC Zoo. Roam through the animal habitats, visit Stingray Bay, take a spin on the Endangered Species Carousel and ride the Elephant Express Tram.
OKC has plenty of places with fun and games for all ages. Topgolf and Chicken N Pickle both mix great food and atmosphere with sporty competition for a variety of skill levels. Bowling enthusiasts also have options in Revolutions by Hey Day, Dust Bowl, Heritage Bowling Lanes and Round 1 just to name a few. Arcade games, plus food and drink options are also available to round out the experience. For horse racing fans, Remington Park’s Thoroughbred Season is in full swing through Dec. 15.
Parks and Gardens
OKC is home to dozens of city parks, trails, skate parks, dog parks, disc golf courses and even an equestrian park. Scissortail Park and Myriad Botanical Gardens are smack in the middle of downtown and offer plenty to do. Explore the flora and fauna, take a class, toss a ball, paddle a boat or shoot some hoops. Martin Nature Park is a hub for nature exploration with guided hikes, education programs and an interactive learning center. Right next to Lake Hefner is Stars & Stripes Park, which has a playground and pavilion.
Orr Family Farm offers overnight stays in teepees or Conestoga wagons. Guests enjoy a fancy camping experience and exclusive, after-hours access to some of Orr Farm’s many seasonal attractions which may include human foosball, fishing, giant slides, swim spa, jumping pillows and more. They’ll even supply firewood and s’mores kits!
For more ideas on how to spend the fall happenings, check out the OKC events calendar here.