The Complete Guide to Getting Outside with Kids in OKC

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We all know that, as parents, our biggest summertime struggle is…beating the boredom! It’s as if the minute the final school bell rings and summer break has officially begun, those infamous chills take over your body as your child pronounces they are already bored.

Come on kid, I’d give anything to be able to relax, read, and recharge my batteries and here you are itchin’ to do all the things!

Well, we’ve got you covered here with some ways to not only beat the boredom, but beat it with some Vitamin D and fun activities!

Little Niagra at Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur, OK

Water Fun

Rentals/Excursions

Did you know you can rent paddle boards, kayaks, and more at Lake Overholser/Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge and Lake Hefner through Riversport Adventures? There are so many great experiences like the Stinchcomb Experience where you can kayak a 3-mile long course through the wildlife refuge and back to Lake Overholser’s Boathouse! 

In downtown OKC, you can enjoy river cruises on the Bricktown Water Taxi all year round. Enjoy learning about our rich history and the unknown facts about the walls that line the canal!

Water Parks & Aquatic Centers

There are many great water parks and water attractions across the city! Find one closest to you (or a new one) below!

Andy Alligators

White Water Bay-OKC

Pelican Bay-Edmond

Andy Alligators- Moore/Norman 

The Station Aquatic Center-Moore

Westwood Family Aquatic Center-Norman

Nature

Turner Falls

While Oklahoma may not be known for its beautiful scenery, there are actually many hidden treasures in and around OKC! About an hour south of the city you can find beautiful, picturesque Turner Falls, which is home to Oklahoma’s Largest Waterfall and swimming hole, streams to play in, and many other outdoor adventures to be had. 

Almost straight east of Turner Falls is Sulphur, OK, home to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area which boasts shaded streams for wading and watering holes for swimming, along with multiple other outdoor activities!

Festivals & Recurring Events

Food Events

Do you ever wonder where you can find great, unique food options with a view? Food trucks are all the rage right now, and there is something sure to please everyone! 

Food Truck Fridays Moore Central Park & The Station

Bleu Garten

Movies, Art, & Concerts

Summer in Oklahoma City is always filled with plenty of outdoor movies and concerts series, along with art walks. From Edmond to Norman, there is sure to be a fun recurring series near you! Check them out below!

Concerts In the Park-Edmond

First Fridays-Paseo Arts District 

Wheeler Summer Music Series-OKC

Sunday Twilight Concert Series-OKC

SONIC Summer Movie Series-Myriad Gardens

Concerts In The Park-Yukon

Midwest Summer Fest- Midwest City

Summer Nights Concert Series-Moore

Summer Breeze Concert Series- Norman

Adventure

If you are a thrill-seeking family, there are some fantastic destinations in and around the city. From hiking to animal adventures, there are so many great ways to explore the outdoors!

Wichita Mountains

The Greater Wynnewood Animal Park

Arbuckle Wilderness Park

Learning

Don’t let your kids’ brains turn to mush this summer; make sure to enrich their little minds with various activities. Gain some insight into how various fruits and vegetables grow, explore farms, and don’t forget to check out our fantastic zoo!

Picking Strawberries at The Farm on Fishmarket

Pick Your Own Orchards (everything you need to know!)

Oklahoma Railway Museum

Farmers Market Guide (we have them all listed for you!)

Orr Family Farm (check out all there is to offer in the fall here too)!

Harn Homestead (we have a guide for this too!)

Oklahoma City Zoo

Unique Fun

We all know and love our OKC Dodgers, but there are many more great things to enjoy outside. Check out a drive-in theater and catch a new release (don’t forget your snacks)!

OKC Dodgers Game

The Winchester Drive-In

The Beacon Drive-In

Free Summer Fun

Mural under the Bricktown Underpass

There are so many great FREE options here in the city. You don’t have to spend money to have a great and fulfilling summer with your kids! Check out our list below!

Books Outside

Take a book and read under a tree or visit a local park. Sit on your porch or backyard. Wherever you can, get out and READ!

Picnic At The Park

There are so many great parks to visit in the metro area, including some of our contributors’ top favorites, like: Martin Park Nature CenterBluff Creek (there are even mountain bike trails), Will Rogers Park and Route 66 Park out west, Hafer Park in Edmond, Edgemere Park downtown, Joe B. Barnes Regional Park in Midwest City, Earlywine Park, Buck Thomas, Central Park, and Veteran’s Memorial Park in Moore, and Reaves Park in Norman.

Local Splash Pads

Just like parks, there are some real hidden gem splash pads! We have compiled a list for you, so you don’t spend precious time hunting for them, instead of playing at them! Also, make sure to check out our local Neighborhood Playgroups for opportunities to meet new moms this summer and let your kids splash around at a local park! Some of our favorites include:

Piedmont Community Park Splash Pad in Piedmont

Barnett Field Splash Pad in Edmond

Barrel Springs Splash Pad and Alexis Clark Water Park in Choctaw

Lions Park Splash Pad in Midwest City

Sunrise Splash Pad in Yukon

Myriad Botanical Gardens and these others in downtown OKC

Parmele Park Splash Pad, Littler River Park Splash Pad, Apple Valley Park Splash Pad, Fairmoore Park Splash Pad, Westmoore Trails Park Splash Pad in Moore

Andrews Park Splash Pad and Colonial Estates Park Splash Pad in Norman

Patio Restaurants

Instead of sitting indoors for your next meal, find a patio restaurant and enjoy the beautiful weather!

Murals– Check out all the beautiful murals in our city and make a day out of it!

The Gathering Place-This may not be in OKC, but just a short drive to Tulsa will take you to Oklahoma’s best new attraction! 

I hope this extensive list gives you the perfect way to spend a summer day, enjoying all that our beautiful state has to offer! Did something not make the list?! Let us know below so we can check it out!

What is your favorite way to spend the summer outdoors?!

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Brittni Brown
Brittni is a Kansas girl at heart and newly married to her Kansas born but Sooner bred husband Josh. A sweet baby girl named Marci Ann and 3 dogs round out their loving family. They call Moore home having moved here from Houston. Within the past year and half she has moved to OK, married her love, graduated from college, spent 9 months on bed rest, and birthed her beautiful MA. She is a follower of Christ, blessed wife, and aspiring homeroom mom. She is fueled by Half-Caff Vanilla Caramel Coconut Milk Lattes and anything sweet. She is a GF baking pro, avid baby wearer, hedgehog lover, and Christmas obsessor. You can find her keeping it real and simple over at her blog Marci & Me!

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