When the frenzied pace of life feels unsustainable, travel awaits with a promise of fresh perspectives and experiences.
While many of us are itching to vacation again, you may prefer to spend this spring break safely exploring your own backyard. Luckily, there are many new memories, places and flavors to discover across Oklahoma City.
If your school year has gone like ours, you’re tired of keeping up with all the student portal/zoom/homework logistics and are ready to switch out of “drill sergeant mode” and into “fun parent mode.” If you need an overnight change of scenery, book a night at one of these unique lodging destinations or escape to the recently opened Omni Oklahoma City Hotel. With four dining outlets, a heated 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 day outings? OKC attractions have reimagined their programming and in-person experiences, making it safer and easier than ever to have a memorable spring break. We’ve rounded up some inspiration to jump-start your planning.
Kids (9 & Under)
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.
Engage your emerging artist! Camp Contemporary offers creative camp experiences for youth artists ages 5 through 12. These spring break camps will be held in-person at Oklahoma Contemporary’s socially distanced studios and across their entire campus. To ensure a fun, engaging and safe environment, each camp – led by professional local teaching artists and studio assistants – will be limited to 10 students, so don’t procrastinate!
Become a junior ranger while learning 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, and 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 – all while earning a National Park Service Junior Ranger badge.
Walk on the wild side. Explore more than 110 acres of animals and gardens, plus go behind the scenes with Wild Encounters and get up close with animal feedings. For spring break, the OKC Zoo is partnering with local hotels to offer 50% off admission. 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, many with special spring break camps and programming.
Tweens & Teens (10 and Up)
We stan a TikTok queen. Get your teen’s attention with these Top Instagramable Spots around the metro. There’s no better place to post a fresh TikTok or update your social feed with swoon-worthy backdrops. Be sure to use #SeeOKC so others can follow along on your adventures and your post might even be shared by @VisitOKC.
Get Inspired by an Icon. One of OKC’s newest attractions, the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, is a must-see. Their latest exhibit Ed Ruscha: OKLA is the first to focus on the iconic artist’s Oklahoma roots — his family, his upbringing and how he discovered his calling as an artist. It is also, remarkably, his first solo museum exhibition in his home state. Viewing Oklahoma Contemporary’s exhibits is always free, but does require reserving a timed ticket or guided tour.
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 20 tasty dining options.
In Oklahoma, it’s hard to predict what weather we’ll have during spring break, but March often marks the opening of several seasonal, outdoor attractions. Try the new surfing and skiing simulators, plus paddlesports of all kinds at RIVERSPORT Adventures, experience the thrill of live racing with the Quarter Horse and Mixed Breed Season at Remington Park and Frontier City will also be open for their 2021 season.