Need a quick break from an all-day conference? OKC offers various opportunities for group outings and gatherings at no cost and many of the city’s best sights and destinations are located in or near the urban core, which means you don’t have to stray too far from the conference room.
We’ve rounded up all there is to do at no cost to you—here are 20 free activities and attractions you can enjoy in OKC this spring without breaking the bank.
1. Step inside a replica fire station and see antique fire trucks at the Oklahoma State Firefighter’s Museum and Memorial.
2. Be inspired by Oklahoma athletes and learn about sports history at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Jim Thorpe Museum.
4. The 45th Infantry Division Museum is dedicated to Oklahoma military history with a focus on World War II. It houses the country’s third-largest collection of historic U.S. military firearms.
5. There was a time when people traveled by railroad. At the Oklahoma Railway Museum, you can see railroad equipment from that time including locomotives, passenger and motor cars. Open Thursday through Saturday.
6. “See You Saturdays” at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame offers free admissions and themed activities every Saturday.
7. National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum is the place to learn about the sport’s greatest athletes, coaches, and umpires.
8. Oklahoma Contemporary’s new home will open to the public on March 13. Admission is always free and tours are offered at various times each day the gallery is open. Oklahoma Contemporary encourages artistic expression in all forms through education and exhibits. The new facility is a must visit!
9. In recognition of the 25th Anniversary of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the Oklahoma City Thunder are providing free admission to the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum for all visitors on the 25th of each month for the entire calendar year (December 25 will be replaced with December 31).
10. Take a tour of the Oklahoma State Capitol to see its art collection and Greco-Roman architecture. Take a self-guided tour or call ahead to schedule a guided one.
11. For outdoor murals, the Plaza District with the Plaza Walls project makes for a great spot for an art walk.
12. Stroll through Automobile Alley and be on the lookout for Factory Obscura at Mix-Tape--a quirky, brightly painted building with an interactive boom box that is visible from the street. It has large, working buttons and can be played with 24/7.
13. Scissortail Park is a new and growing urban oasis extending the core of downtown OKC to the shore of the Oklahoma River. The park offers endless opportunities to roam, exercise, relax, play and enjoy.
15. Martin Park Nature Center is a 144-acre nature reserve in NW OKC with maintained hiking trails, nature-themed playground and visitor center with live animals.
16. Will Rogers Gardens is a city park and educational center offering family-friendly workshops and classes on gardening and horticulture.
17. For skateboarders, inline skaters, and BMX riders of all skill levels, the Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park offers both a bowl and street course. For beginning and intermediate skateboarders and skaters, the Route 66 Skate Court and South Lakes Skate Court provide rails, slides, and above-ground ramps.
18. Commonplace Books hosts a story hour each Saturday morning.
19. Full Circle Bookstore hosts various events throughout the week including a Saturday morning storytime and Sunday afternoon live music.
20. The Metropolitan Library offers a variety of themed, literature centered activities at each of their branches.