Fall in OKC is the perfect time to plan a getaway in your own backyard. The weather is crisp (finally!), which makes it a wonderful time to discover (or rediscover) some of the great things this town has to offer. Take a few days off or plan some adventures during your kiddos’ fall break to savor this city as the leaves fall. Here are a few ideas* for an OKC staycation, no matter who you are trying to entertain.
*Note: Before we go any further, every staycation in OKC this fall MUST START with a trip to the brand new (and gorgeous) Scissortail Park. Walk around the 3.7-acre lake. Go to yoga during one of the outdoor classes. Take your kids to the new children’s park just for them. Relax at the Scissortail Concert Series or eat your way through Food Trucks at the Park and weekly Farmer’s Market. This new public space is screaming for visitors, and, as it just opened at the end of September, it’s the perfect place to fully discover for the first time during your fall OKC staycation. Check out its full calendar of events here.
An OKC Staycation with the Kids
Now that you know you need to include Scissortail Park into whatever staycation you plan, here’s the rest of your itinerary for kiddos on fall break.
All the Fall in One Spot
Orr Family Farm is fun all year, but they shine the most in the fall. With apple-shooting cannon blasters, pig races, pumpkin patches and kettle corn, these guys have the best of fall in one place. And, kick your staycation up a notch and stay at Orr Family Farm overnight in one of its Conestoga wagons or teepees with hand-painted murals. End your evening with marshmallows around a campfire before cuddling up for the night.
The OKC Zoo is Best in the Fall
Remember when you went to the OKC Zoo in the middle of the summer and it was about 1,000 degrees? By the time you were ready to leave, every kid was melting (literally) down? Try it again, but this time – in the fall. The animals are happy to be out and playing. In fact, your kids will happy to be out and playing, too! And you can get free admission – In October, just bring a pumpkin bigger than your head to their annual Pumpkin Drive to help them decorate for Haunt the Zoo at the end of the month. Also, if you haven’t, check out the new Lotus Pavilion, a vast two-level restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows to watch the animals as you eat.
Explore the City with Your Love
If it’s just the two of you over a weekend, here’s some ways to turn up the romance and exploring the best the city has to offer at the same time.
Sleep in Style
Book a weekend at the Skirvin. If it’s good enough for the NBA teams traveling to OKC to play the Thunder, it should be experienced by the locals too, right? Check in to the iconic, 100-year-old hotel and enjoy the upscale and recently renovated rooms and amenities. Have a drink at Red Piano before dining at Park Avenue Grill. Or use the Skirvin as home base as you explore downtown OKC on foot.
Stroll the Districts
Just about every one of OKC’s 14 districts is developing and expanding with new restaurants, cute boutiques and fun galleries to explore. Pick a few you haven’t ventured through in a while and check out their new offerings. Almost all are walkable, or hop on the new Oklahoma City Streetcar and stop at each district to discover what’s new. Check out our guide to OKC’s districts, and find the one that matches your staycation mood.
Eat Your Way Across Town
The best part of any vacation is the delicious restaurants you’ve never been to that you get to try. Staycations should be just the same! Here’s the good news: The dining scene in OKC is exploding. In fact, experiencing the new and noteworthy dining in OKC could be a weekend altogether. New restaurants have popped up all over the Paseo Arts District. Pick a new one to try, and then stroll the galleries. The Plaza District has lots of eclectic spots for a bite, and Bricktown is full of options, as always. Try some fun lunch places then splurge on a fine dining spot you’ve always wanted to try. Gone to Vast yet? Or Red Prime? Mickey Mantle’s? Book reservations and make an evening out of it. Check out our extensive restaurant listings and happy planning! (You can search by type of food or part of town to help you plan exactly what – and where – you want.)
Show Off Our City to Out-of-Towners
Just because you have visitors in town doesn’t mean you can’t turn it into a staycation for you! Often, we’re the worst tourists in our own town, and we are negligent about visiting the best, and most iconic places in OKC that true tourists flock to visit. Here are a few places to make sure to visit in OKC, and you can use your relatives as an excuse for finally making the trip. (They don’t have to know you haven’t been!)
Come to Remember, Leave with Resolve
You certainly have driven by, and you probably have walked around the outside memorial at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. We all know it’s moving and it's beautiful – but when’s the last time you’ve been inside to go through the museum? You (and any out-of-town guests you bring) will be forever changed.
See the West
Did you know people come from around the world to visit the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum? When is the last time you’ve driven across town to experience either its newest exhibits or world-renowned permanent collection? This fall, go see Caballeros y Vaqueros, cowboy art from New Spain and Colonial Mexico, or handmade saddles, bits and spurs at the Traditional Cowboy Arts Exhibition and Sale. Both run through January.
Photo Op Stops
After you explore Scissortail Park, take your visitors to all the fun photo ops they need to see. Pose in front of the giant OKC in the Wheeler District (ride the Ferris wheel while you are there), walk across the Skydance Pedestrian Bridge, get crazy with the murals in the Plaza District or show them The Womb by the Iguana Lounge. Better yet, look through this blog about all the best OKC murals from a blogger we love Chocolate and Camels. She’s got all the best murals for photo ops outlined for you.