OKC Parks & Gardens

Pack a picnic and head out for a nature-filled day with family or friends at one of OKC's parks. From lush manicured gardens to wildflowers and urban trails, OKC has a plethora of green spaces and gardens for you to unwind and relax in the great outdoors all year-round.


Scissortail Park

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Scissortail Park is OKC’s newest urban park. The 70-acre oasis offers a variety of engaging experiences, including ornamental gardens and woodlands, a 3.7-acre lake with pedal boats, canoes and kayaks, a children’s playground and interactive sprayground, seasonal roller rink, dog park, picnic grove, restaurant, performance stage and great lawn.

Martin Nature Park Center

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For hiking, nature and wildlife, visit Martin Park Nature Center, an oasis of calm by the busy John Kilpatrick Turnpike. The area features 2.5 miles of hiking trails cut through woods and grasslands of the 144-acre park. Visitors can see many species of animals. The park’s playground, trails and visitors center are accessible to those in wheelchairs, too.

Myriad Botanical Gardens

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For an outdoor experience closer to downtown, visit the Myriad Botanical Gardens, a 17-acre botanical garden and interactive urban park located in Downtown. One of Oklahoma City's most beloved public spaces, Myriad Botanical Gardens is home to beautiful plants from all over the world, plus seasonal water features, Mo’s Carousel, mixed media art and outdoor fun for all ages. Year-round programming includes a wide variety of local and regional musical acts, yoga, Zumba and a wide variety of workshops and tours.

Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park

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If skateboarding or BMX is more your thing, the metro features three skate parks, including Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park, with an 11-foot half pipe, a 10-foot over-vert pocket, and a street course and bowl course. Ranked in the top 10 skate parks in the U.S., the action park is divided into two areas – a flow course with bowl combinations and a street course with ledges and handrails. This 26,000-square-foot outdoor sports park for BMX riders, skateboarders and rollerbladers, is the state’s largest and most challenging. Bring your own safety gear; it’s required.

Stars & Stripes Park

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Head to Stars & Stripes Skate Park on the south side of Lake Hefner and press your luck on the course designed for intermediate skaters.

Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge

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Sometimes just being close to nature is enough. Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge on the far west side of the metro is adjacent to Lake Overholser and features a thousand acres of hiking, fishing, bird watching and exploring. Whitetail deer, beaver, egrets, cormorants and hundreds of species of migratory birds and waterfowl move through Stinchcomb regularly.

Wheeler Park

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The Wheeler District, on the southern bank of the Oklahoma River, is known for its iconic Ferris wheel, but is also a great place to hang out, have a picnic, kick back in a hammock or grab some food from one of the frequent food trucks that show up.

Will Rogers Park & Gardens

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Will Rogers Park & Gardens is a year-round favorite for gardeners and horticulturalists alike. Located in one of the city’s oldest parks, the 30-acre garden houses a formal rose garden, conservatory, color garden with seasonal blossoms, arboretum and exhibition center.

Overholser's Route 66 Park

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Get your kicks as Oklahoma City pays homage to the Mother Road. Nestled on the west side of Lake Overholser just a few blocks from the original highway, Route 66 Park features a watchtower, a rentable park shelter, amphitheater, fishing wetlands, a skate court and its own walkable version of the historic highway. 

At the center of downtown Oklahoma City, Kerr Park is a contemporary public space that hosts events throughout the year and serves as a downtown gathering place for locals and visitors alike.