The countdown to school is just days away, but summer isn’t over yet. Does your family need a final getaway before hitting the books? If you don’t have enough time to actually leave town, how about checking out the amazing things to do in Oklahoma City? Your family can enjoy a new experience with the perks of sleeping in your own beds. Here are some awesome ideas for a staycation that will help make this summer one to remember.
If you have bigger kiddos (8 years and older) and are looking for a sportier activity, RIVERSPORT Rapids is an adventure waiting for your family to take on. Located in the Boathouse District, the rapids offer great family rafting and tubing with no previous experience necessary. And that’s not all the Boathouse District has to offer - RIVERSPORT Adventures features zip lines, rowing, kayaking, paddle boarding, cycling and an 80-foot Sky Trail. When night starts to fall, stay on the water by renting a tube or raft and catch a Floating Film in the Boathouse District. You can also bring a blanket or lawn chair and watch the film for free. Urban Camping is actually an option for the family who wants to sleep under the stars on RIVERSPORT Rapids’ island.
Climbing up a grain silo might be just your thing. Take your family to Climb UP OKC, which is in the repurposed grain silos in downtown Oklahoma City. Just down the way a few miles to the west is the Route 66 Boathouse and the RIVERSPORT Adventures at Lake Overholser where you can not only find the same adventures that are offered in the Boathouse District, but also a stunt jump free fall, an extreme swing, a climbing wall and a double zip line across the water.
Music can please the soul and give your family a fun outing at the Sunday Twilight Concert Series on the Grand Lawn at the Myriad Gardens. Concerts start at 7:30 p.m. and are free to the public. You can also bring your own picnic to enjoy as you listen to the tunes. The Myriad Gardens also offers daytime excursions at the unique Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory where your family can enjoy beautiful waterfalls, plants and trees.
Maybe your family is longing for a little more culture. Oklahoma City has plenty of first-rate museums with an abundance of history, science and art. The Science Museum Oklahoma’s CurioCity, pronounced "curiosity," is a 20,000 square-foot experience with interesting exhibits that can expand a child’s mind. But that’s not the only thing that will set minds ablaze at the Science Museum. “Da Vinci – The Genius,” is the most comprehensive exploration of Leonardo da Vinci’s work ever created. The interactive exhibit is for all ages.
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is the only North American venue to host “Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris.” The exhibition includes 100 works of art by Henri Matisse, as well as masterworks by Pablo Picasso.
The National Cowboy Western & Heritage Museum has classic and contemporary Western art and an interactive children’s area. Some lesser known, but wonderful museums are the Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum and Memorial, which is the only fire museum in the U.S. that is owned and operated by firefighters. The Oklahoma Railway Museum features a variety of trains and even offers rides for the whole family. The Museum of Osteology is America's first skeleton museum, displaying hundreds of skulls and skeletons from all corners of the world. Other local museums for your family to tour: The Oklahoma Hall of Fame at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum and the outdoor Historic Harn Homestead Museum.
If your clan is seeking some fun in the sun or one last big splash, Frontier City and White Water Bay can get you the fix you’re looking for. Or take the family out to the ballgame to see the Oklahoma City Dodgers play at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. You can also bring out your wild side at The Oklahoma City Zoo.
Art walks and street festivals are all a great way to get away from the ordinary. LIVE! on the Plaza in the revitalized Plaza District is each second Friday of the month from 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. and The Paseo Arts District’s First Friday is from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
There are plenty of ways in Oklahoma City to entertain your family before school starts. Make sure to cap off the summer with a memorable staycation