OKC can be a scorcher in the summer, but we make up for it by having plenty to do. Plan on these must see-and-dos this summer.
1. Movie nights under the stars. Float in the Oklahoma River and watch a movie on the banks, bring a picnic to the Sonic Summer Movie Series on the Myriad Gardens lawn or watch White Water’s weekly movie in July on the big screen from the wave pool.
2. Take a ride on the Oklahoma City streetcar. Think a $1 doesn’t go far these days? For just a buck, the Oklahoma City streetcar takes you all around downtown OKC and through several fun districts. Use it to scoot to all your favorite locations or ride just to see the sights.
3. Pick summer-ripened veggies at a farmer’s market. Nothing is better than an Oklahoma-grown tomato in the summertime. Farmer’s markets pop up throughout the metro every Saturday morning all summer long. Try OSU-OKC’s farmer’s market at its Horticulture Pavilion at 400 N. Portland.
4. Drop a lure and cast your line. Fish the day away at the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge, Hefner Lake or Route 66 Park. Get a state and city fishing license for those 16 and older at the brand-new Oklahoma Department of Wildlife and Conservation offices by the state capitol and marvel at its new $16-million building, complete with an incredible diorama the kids will love.
5. Take in a double feature at the drive-in. OKC’s long-standing drive-in, Winchester Drive-In, is open seven days a week and shows a double-feature every day. Summer lovin’ at its finest.
6. OKC 4th Fest. OKC will celebrate July 4th in every neighborhood, district and suburb, but consider attending this one. Add whitewater rafting to lawn games, food trucks and, of course, fireworks, for an Independence Day celebration your family won’t forget.
7. Choo-choo inside! Train enthusiasts will love the free Oklahoma Railway Museum. Freight cars, passenger cars and a real steam engine on display.
9. Cruise the River. Take an Oklahoma River Cruise and see a beautifully unique view of Oklahoma City.
10. Get your kicks on Route 66. Stop at POP’s for delicious burgers and hundreds of different sodas. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see the neon soda bottle towering outside that’s at least twice as tall as the building.
11. Summer Concert series: Jam out as a family or relax after a busy day at one of OKC’s many summer concert series. Some highlights: Sunday Twilight Concert Series at Myriad Gardens, Third Thursday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Wheeler Summer Music Series on Fridays at the Wheeler Ferris Wheel or Rooftop Hop in Chisolm Creek every Tuesday in June.