There are lots of fun memories to be made across Oklahoma City if you’re planning to explore your own backyard this summer.

Start with an overnight change of scenery. Book a night at one of these unique lodging destinations or escape to the Omni Hotel. With four dining outlets, a pool deck, full-service spa and close proximity to Scissortail Park, the OKC Streetcar and more, the Omni has amenities the whole family will enjoy.

Looking for some outings to occupy you during the day? OKC attractions provide excellent programming and activities, making it easier than ever to plan a memorable summer trip for the whole family. We’ve rounded up some inspiration to help jump-start your itinerary.


Children enjoying the jungle gym located inside Scissortail Park

Kids (9 & Under)

Park and play. Filled with fun activities and children's play areas, Scissortail Park offers easily accessible fun for families. With net lens, geometric dome climbers, children's gardens, a large fort with a tower and slides, rock climbing, a skating rink and a large spray ground, the park will be a guaranteed hit with kids.

Pet a stingray and catch a live pirate or mermaid show. Dive shows, reptile feedings and more fun activities abound at Blue Zoo Aquarium. This interactive aquarium is located inside Quail Springs Mall and opens a whole new underwater world up to your kiddo.

Learn about OKC’s resiliency. The lessons taught at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum are more relevant than ever as our nation works to promote better conversations that move our communities forward. Every Oklahoman should experience this sacred place. While today’s students weren’t alive during the April 1995 bombing, they can greatly benefit by learning the stories of hope, resiliency and Oklahoma Standard.


Mural Midtown

Tweens & Teens (10 and Up)

We stan a TikTok queen. Get your teen’s attention with these Top Instagrammable Spots around the metro. There’s no better place to post a fresh TikTok or update your social feed with note-worthy backdrops. Be sure to use #SeeOKC so others can follow along on your adventures, and your post might even be shared by @VisitOKC.

Take fun up a notch at Chisholm Creek. This mixed-use development offers adrenaline-pumping activities, plus a cool mix of locally-owned dining and retail favorites. Work up an appetite at iFly Indoor Skydiving, Topgolf or Red Door Escape Room and then mosey on over to one of their many tasty dining options.

A walk in nature. Oklahoma City hosts a network of 10 interconnected trails that lead to nearly every part of the city, totaling up to 80 miles of non-motorized hiking trails to explore. Check out our list of top trails in OKC to hike for more information.


Girls on surf simulator - Surf OKC at RIVERSPORT OKC

Fun for the Whole Family

Adventure together. Try the surfing and skiing simulators, plus paddlesports of all kinds at RIVERSPORT Adventures. Or experience the thrill of live racing at Remington Park. Check out Frontier City or Hurricane Harbor for thrilling rides and exciting slides.

Picnic in the Park. Head over to the Myriad Gardens or the Will Rogers Park for a leisurely stroll through the greenery. Take a picnic and a frisbee, and you've got yourself a lovely afternoon outing. 

Walk on the wild side. Explore more than 110 acres of animals and gardens at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, plus go behind the scenes with Wild Encounters and get up close with animal feedings. While the Zoo has plenty of activities to entertain, we’d be remiss not to also mention their neighboring attractions throughout OKC’s Adventure District. From the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to Science Museum Oklahoma and the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex and Museum, there’s no shortage of top-notch attractions.


We hope you stay cool in the summer heat! Check out some great places to cool off in the city and finish off your adventures with a sweet (and icy) treat!