Summer is in full swing—which means there are hot days in OKC that only a dip in a refreshing pool can fix.
Along with full-fledged water parks and water features, the city boasts many splash pads and public pools. Start planning to try a few new places this summer or revisit your top favorites. Either way, all you need to do is grab your sunscreen and a towel. Here’s your guide on where to go and how to stay cool in OKC!
An obvious choice for an all-day, cool-off spot is Hurricane Harbor—Oklahoma’s largest water adventure park featuring more than 30 rides, slides, pools and activities. To meet social distancing guidelines, tickets should be purchased online and pre-scheduled in advance by visiting this page. Hurricane Harbor is sliding into weekend hours only but there's still time for summer fun before they close for the season on October 7.
Frontier City’s Wild West Water Works
OKC’s major amusement park, Frontier City, opened a water park attraction last summer. Kids can splash and play throughout the theme park but be sure to check out the Gully Washer, a 66-foot tall water ride complete with loops, twists and curves. This new area joins the other water rides at the Western-themed amusement park, the Mystery River Log Flume and the Renegade Rapids, allowing guests to stay cool wherever they go. Reservations are required so visit this page to start planning!
RIVERSPORT Adventures and the Boathouse District
Do you have older kids or a group of friends who want a watersport adventure? Book some time with RIVERSPORT Rapids and its Class II-IV whitewater rafting course. Go with a guide on a whitewater raft, try it on your own or tube or riverboat through its $45.2-millioin whitewater rafting and kayaking center. Even if the water doesn’t cool you off, you’ll have too much adrenaline pumping to even notice you’re hot. Too much? Grab a flatwater kayak and set out on the Oklahoma River at your own pace. Sign your kids (or yourself) up for lessons and let the breeze off the water cool you down. Season or day passes and rafting reservations can be arranged here. Hint: Keep an eye out for Surf OKC opening at Riversport later this summer.
Myriad Botanical Gardens Water Features
Follow the sounds of laughter and splashing to the two water features within the Myriad Botanical Gardens. The Plaza Water Feature is located just south of the Colcord Hotel while the Thunder Fountain is next to the Children's Garden and provides a full sensory experience of an Oklahoma thunderstorm! Mom and dad can find a nearby spot in the shaded garden while the kiddos play. Start with burning off energy in the Children’s Garden or walking through the indoor Crystal Bridge then cool off in one of the splash pads—open from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily. Best part? All outdoor activities are free.
Do you have a boat and looking to set sail? Want to fish or swim? How about waterskiing or jet skiing? OKC has some great lakes to do all that and more. Lake Hefner is known for sailing, and Lake Overholser is a favorite among jet-skiers and boaters. Try Lake Draper if you want to waterski, and Lake Arcadia is your choice if you are looking for a day of swimming. View our guide to navigating the great outdoors in Oklahoma City.
Lost Lakes Amphitheater & Water Park
Try out Oklahoma’s only wake park this summer. The Wake Zone offers wakeboarding, water skiing, kneeboarding and wakeskating using a cable system. Try out the park’s three Extreme Water Slides or the floating obstacle course or head over to the amphitheater that features live music during the warmer months.
Pack a picnic lunch and head out to Scissortail Park on a sunny summer day and explore the many outdoor activities. When you're ready for a break from the heat, check out the spraygrounds on the southeast side of the park—the extra-large jets are sure to cool you off in no time. The spraygrounds are open daily from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. (high wind and weather permitting).