Summers in Oklahoma City may be hot, but there are plenty of places to stay cool. Summers in Oklahoma City may be hot, but there are plenty of places to stay cool. From water sports on the area lakes or Oklahoma River, to splash pads and water parks, here is our list of the best places to beat the Oklahoma heat and stay cool this summer.
Lake Overholser and
This lake in NW Oklahoma City is one of the best places in the city to paddeboard or kayak. On the north side of the lake is Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge, a popular destination for paddlers. Bring your own kayak/paddleboard for rent from one of two lakeside companies:Flat Tide
andRiversport Adventures at Lake Overholser.
Lost Lakes Amphitheater & Water Park
This unique entertainment complex is a live music venue and Oklahoma’s only wake park. Head out to the Wake Zone for wakeboarding, water skiing, kneeboarding or wakeskating using the park’s cable system. It’s fun for all ages and all skill levels. Cool off on the park’s Extreme Water slide, open Friday through Sunday.
This adventure park offers whitewater rafting (Class II-IV), stand up paddleboarding and flatwater kayaking on the Oklahoma River. They also offer other fun activities like high speed slides, a zip line, and the sky trail.
Frontier City’s Wild West Water Works
Oklahoma City’s western themed amusement park has its own water park. Cool off and have fun on Oklahoma’s largest water activity structure. New this year is the Gully Washer, a 66 foot tall water ride with loops, twists, and curves.
White Water Bay
Cool off at Oklahoma’s largest water park. There are water slides, wave pool, lazy river, interactive play areas and rides to enjoy. It’s fun for all ages. On Friday nights (June 30-July 28), enjoy a Dive In Movie in the big wave pool. Included with your general admission.
Myriad Gardens Thunder Fountain
Thunder Fountain has become one of the most popular splash pads in the city. You’ll find in the Myriad Gardens, a 15 acre public green space with a children’s garden, botanical garden, and walking trails.
Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Gardens
The Oklahoma City Zoo has a fun water feature inside their Children’s Zoo. Water flows from a waterfall through the area where children can splash and play. It’s a fun way to cool off when you are spending the day at the zoo.
Wiley Post Sprayground
Wiley Post Park and Sprayground is just one of . You’ll find this park along the Oklahoma River between the Boathouse District and Wheeler Park. As an added bonus, you can start exploring the city’s nearby trail system along the river.