Coined The Big Friendly thanks to its undeniably welcoming and charming locals, Oklahoma City — with a fascinating mix of entertainment, food, nature, and history — is rapidly climbing the ranks as one of the central USA’s newest must-see cities.
Sitting just a few hours away from Dallas, Tulsa, and Kansas City, it’s easy to make a weekend or day trip out of your visit, but with so many wonderful and diverse things to do in Oklahoma City proper, you may just find yourself extending your stay.
Families will be spoiled for choice with the range of theme parks; sports fans will rejoice over both the live action and sports-focused museums (don’t miss the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame), while foodies can dig into the city’s ever-growing culinary landscape. History buffs will appreciate the museums and art galleries, and nature lovers can get their fix with a visit to one of the area’s many parks or lakes.
No matter what your interests are, Oklahoma City is sure to have something that piques them – so put on your cowboy boots and enjoy the Horse Show Capital of the World!
1 – Get up close with the furry Oklahoma City Zoo residents
Spanning 119 acres of diverse (manmade and natural) habitats and home to over 1,900 animals of all shapes and sizes, the beloved Oklahoma City Zoo is a great way to explore some of the world’s most unique environments with the whole family!
Unlike many other zoos around the country, this coveted attraction allows brave visitors to get up close and personal with the local critters on behind-the-scenes tours — make sure the batteries are charged because some magnificent animals like sea lions, rhinos, and brown bears await!
If these animals are a little too intimidating for younger visitors, take a stroll over to one of the other interactive habitats like the Flamingo Mingle, the century-old Herpetarium Wetlands Walkway (where you’ll discover some diverse 65 reptiles and amphibians), or the Great EscApe (hah, get it?).
2 – Stroll through the enchanting Myriad Botanical Gardens
For those who are looking for things to do in Oklahoma City but want to escape the hustle and bustle, the Myriad Botanical Gardens is your ideal destination.
Here, surrounded by peaceful natures, Guests can enjoy one of the many concerts, movies, and special performances on the 28,000-square-foot lawn, or walk through the no less than 224-foot-long Crystal Tube that features thousands of beautifully displayed trees, flowers, and plants from both tropical and desert ecosystems.
With cascading waterfalls and scenic views everywhere you look, this is the perfect way to spend an afternoon enjoying the fresh air.
3 – Ride some roller coasters at the Frontier City theme park
Known for its high-speed thrills and exciting attractions, Frontier City Six Flags is the place to be for any and all adrenaline junkies!
Fly 100 feet through the air on the Soaring Eagle zipline adventure, experience 7-story drops on the Brain Drain looping coaster, and race through breathtaking loops and rapid speed (on the Diamondback, Wildcat, or Silver Bullet), all while enjoying whimsically themed decorations, rides, and eateries around the park.
With attractions for all age groups and no shortage of sweet and salty treats on offer, Frontier City can be heart-racing or relaxing – depending on how you spin it. Either way, a fun-filled day with your friends and family awaits.
4 – Reminisce at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum
One of the most painful days in Oklahoma history, the attack on April 19the, 1995 shook not only the state of Oklahoma but the entirety of the United States.
Opened a few years later in 2001, the Oklahoma City National Museum serves as a memorial to those who lost their lives, those who survived, and those whose lives were forever changed by the horrific Oklahoma City bombing.
A sobering and eye-opening experience, visitors can walk through over 35 exhibits to understand the magnitude of the event while appreciating the resiliency of those affected.
Open 24 hours a day, this is truly one of the most impactful locations to visit while visiting Oklahoma City, and a powerful way to kickstart any visit.
5 – Cheer on the Thunder at the Paycom Center!
As any diehard Thunder fan will attest, the electricity and energy of a packed Paycom Center (formerly Chesapeake Energy Arena) are unmatched.
Home to the NBA’s very own Oklahoma City Thunder, not only can visitors experience the thrill of a professional game live and up close, but outside of the main season, you can also catch your favorite artists taking center stage!
With names like Adele, Justin Bieber, and Drake gracing the arena, there’s always something for everyone to see at the Paycom Center.
But wait, there’s more: the Paycom Center is known to host a variety of other events like the amazing Ringling Brothers, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and MMA fights — just check the website to see what’s coming up!
6 – Spend an afternoon at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
For any true-blue history buff, a trip to Oklahoma City simply wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Cowboy culture is synonymous with Oklahoma and the museum — located about a 15-minute drive north of Downtown — takes you through the rich and complex history of the region.
Representing a variety of cultural and ethnic groups, the Western Heritage Museum beautifully illustrates stories of native tribes, the role of women in the American West, and the influence of art in the area.
And, to top it all off, it also boasts the world’s most extensive collection of American rodeo memorabilia (photographs, trophies, outfits, and a whole lot more).
7 – Enjoy an event at the OKC Fairgrounds
To fully immerse yourself in the culture of Oklahoma City, there is no better place to be than the OKC Fairgrounds — easily one of the busiest event facilities nationwide, it’s a vibrant, buzzing hub for a number of shows and exhibitions throughout the year.
With a rotating calendar of events, you can enjoy equestrian displays (you’ll quickly understand why it’s been dubbed the ‘horse show capital of the world’), gun shows, and indie truck shows, just to name a few.
Plus, with no shortage of food trucks and live music around the arena, it’s a great place to take in some local culture too.
8 – Explore the Martin Park Nature Center
While OKC’s reputation doesn’t exactly scream natural oasis, many people are surprised to realize that this Flyover State actually boasts far more beautiful scenery than they expect, and the Martin Park Nature Center is a perfect example.
A wonderful spot for not only educating visitors about Mother Nature’s role in the area, but also for them to enjoy the natural landscapes, the Center invites guests to explore the 2.5 miles of scenic woodland trails.
Spend some time at the nature-themed playground, and tuck in for a well-earned feed at the picnic pavilion.
Surrounded by untouched nature, this is one of the things to do in Oklahoma City for anyone with a passion for the great outdoors.
9 – Broaden your artistic view at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Known to be one of the region’s leading artistic institutions, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art boasts a diverse range of works featuring photography from Brett Weston, paintings from Paul Reed, and spellbinding glassworks from Dale Chihuly (perfect for your next social media profile picture).
Drawing inspiration from North America, Europe, and various parts of Asia, the museum hosts rotating collections from around the world.
And, with different packages and tours available to suit every style of traveler, it presents as a notable stop for students, art aficionados, and everyone in between.
Looking for a hotel in the area? For something teeming with history, the 4-star Colcord Hotel is housed in a (renovated and lavish) building from 1910. Or, it’s hard to go wrong with the Courtyard by Marriott Oklahoma City Downtown.
10 – Ride high in the sky on the Wheeler Ferris Wheel at Wheeler District
For those who are looking to be dazzled by the Oklahoma City skyline, there is no better place than at the Wheeler District — a heavily photographed landmark that, believe it or not, once adorned the Santa Monica Pier in sunny Southern California!
Constructed as part of a new entertainment precinct, this cleverly designed space was built on top of an existing urban area and has since become one of OKC’s most popular spaces for locals and visitors alike.
Step inside the cabin and you’ll be treated with scenic views of the Oklahoma River and Downtown cityscape — a solid choice for a romantic evening.
Feeling peckish? Lucky enough, the area is usually full of local food trucks.
11 – Wander through the Science Museum
For those looking to explore the neverending cosmos or who are simply interested in broadening their scientific mind, with over 390,000 square feet of hands-on science art and living history displays, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the Science Museum Oklahoma.
Kickstart your visit with a stroll through the history of human flight exhibition, stargaze at the planetarium, or get hands-on at the tinkering lab (a favorite for the kids).
While there’s nothing wrong with exploring at your own pace, be sure to check out one of the many guided tours and packages to make the most of your day!
12 – Take a walk through Scissortail Park
If you find yourself looking to go out and enjoy some time in nature, without venturing too far from the downtown haunts, then the 70-acre urban Scissortail Park is the place to be.
Not only does the park have beautiful pavilions, groves, and pathways, it also has a sprawling lawn that hosts a variety of free outdoor concerts and art exhibits throughout the warmer months.
Hot tip: while you’re there, be sure to take a short walk over to the Skydance Bridge that stretches 380 feet over the I-40 and doubles as a beautiful sculpture inspired by the state bird.
13 – Take a few snaps at the Bricktown River Walk Park
Once an industrial warehouse neighborhood, the Bricktown River Walk Park has been re-energized and has become somewhat of a mecca for Oklahoma City nightlife with more bars and restaurants than one can count (well, actually, we did count them, and there are close to 30).
Take a walk along the Oklahoma River as you pop into unique eateries and watering holes, sit front row for some live music, or browse one of the discounted shopping outlets to freshen up your wardrobe or grab an OKC souvenir!
14 – Play some high-stakes laser tag at Main Event
Feeling a little competitive?
Hunting for bragging rights? A one-stop-shop if you’re looking for something to do with the whole family and don’t want to coordinate different excursions, Main Event Oklahoma City boasts laser tag, a host of arcade games, gravity ropes, rock climbing, and a whole lot more all under the same roof!
After showing the group who’s boss (or wallowing in defeat), you can refuel with a mouthwatering burger or ice-cold milkshake before getting right back into the action!
15 – Spread your wings with some indoor skydiving
A little more extreme than the other activities on this list, if you’re looking for something to really blow your mind (but aren’t quite ready to take a leap of faith out of a moving jet), why not try indoor skydiving at places like iFLY Oklahoma City?
After a quick safety briefing from the experienced instructors, thrill-seekers will step into a state-of-the-art vertical wind tunnel to experience the heart-racing adrenaline of sky diving, all without leaving more than 30 feet from the ground.
With packages for birthday parties, corporate events, and more, this family-friendly experience is great for any occasion.
16 – Practice your putting at Brickopolis Entertainment
Home to Oklahoma City’s largest premier miniature golf course, Brickopolis Entertainment over on South Mickey Mantle Drive has thrills for all ages to enjoy!
Try your hand at mining as you collect precious gems at the mining sluice or perfect your backflip on the bungee trampoline.
Throw in the arcade (full of modern titles as well as nostalgic classics), a laser tag arena, and an all-you-can-eat buffet and you’ve got yourself the perfect family outing!
17 – Dig up artifacts at the Museum of Osteology
Far from your typical museum full of old paintings that blend together in one way or another, the Museum of Osteology is without a doubt one of the most things to do in Oklahoma City.
Tucked away in the southern suburbs, not too far from Lake Stanley Draper, the museum houses hundreds of skulls and skeletons ranging from tiny field mice all the way up to 40-foot humpback whales.
Blending education with entertainment, guests can learn about the biology of all creatures great and small – with plenty to be learned about Oklahoma’s wildlife too.
18 – Cool off at Hurricane Harbor Oklahoma
Oklahoma City is notorious for its scorching summers — beat the heat with a trip to Hurricane Harbor Oklahoma!
Formerly known as White Water Bay, this outdoor splash land offers the chance to race your friends and family on 300-foot water slides, cool off at pirate-inspired activity pools, or traverse down one of the many winding slides.
Ideal for thrill-seekers, as well as those just looking for a simple wave pool or lazy river, this revered water park, has rides of all kinds of excitement levels that make for fun in the sun for the whole family (just don’t forget the suncream).
19 – Go kayaking in one of the city’s many lakes
If water parks seem a little too mainstream and crowded, a relaxing day out on the lake might just do the trick — and, surprisingly, Oklahoma is home to several scenic locations.
Take a kayak out on the beautiful Lake Thunderbird (or wander around the trails in the eponymous State Park), see if you can reel in a catch with a fishing trip at Lake Overholser Park, or rent your own sailing or motorboat on Lake Hefner.
20 – Get some fresh air at Earlywine Park
Located just 15 minutes South of Downtown Oklahoma City, this slice of greenery presents as a popular spot for locals and tourists alike looking to get some fresh air and make the most of a relaxing afternoon.
Far more than just a sprawling lawn, the amenities include a family-friendly aquatic center, a challenging golf course, and a plethora of not-to-strenuous hiking trails.
21 – Cruise along the river on a Bricktown Water Taxi
Known as the lively entertainment district, downtown Bricktown offers a host of the most popular attractions in the area — and the water taxi, which takes passengers on a 40-minute round trip tour along the Bricktown canal, is no exception.
While expert guides share insights into the history of the district, you’ll zoom past attractions like the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and under the Devon Bridge, gaining a new perspective of this revitalized former warehouse zone.
Typically, in peak season, the taxis depart every 15-20 minutes. However, do some digging and you’ll also be able to book private charters and cocktail cruises — either way, it promises to be an afternoon or evening well spent.
Needing a Bricktown hotel? The Residence Inn by Marriott Oklahoma City Downtown/Bricktown has all the amenities you could need, within walking distance of the main haunts, while the Hampton Inn & Suites sits right next to the ballpark and presents as a more affordable alternative.
22 – Walk through the Will Rogers Gardens
Sitting on a whopping 30 acres, the Will Rogers Gardens is a beautifully cultivated collection of flowers and various plantings.
Walk through the Ed Lycan Observatory and marvel at the state’s largest collection of cacti and succulents; explore the Charles E. Sparks Rose Garden, which is an arboretum that is home to thousands of roses, daylilies, peonies, and more; and then cap off your visit with a relaxing drink and snack at the rustic Farmhouse.
Not only can visitors take beautiful photos, but it also provides a welcome change of pace from the typical urban rhythm.
23 – Fly high on a zip line!
If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, look no further than Oklahoma’s zip lines! Soar through the treetops at speeds of up to 35 mph on a thrilling ride that will have you feeling like Tarzan or Jane (or Wonder Woman).
Choose from locations all around the state, including the Sandridge SkyZip which offers an 80-foot ascent on a complex adventure course that provides a truly breathtaking view. Then, when you’re ready, you’ll be able to glide along a 700-foot zip line across the Oklahoma River (and back again!).
For a more long-lasting thrill, the Jungle Top Zipline Experience traverses no less than 16 different ziplines, taking you through canopies of trees and over ravines for an unforgettable journey.
24 – Go surfing with Riversport Adventures
For anyone who enjoys outdoor activities, Riversport Adventures has everything you need.
Start your day off with some heart-pumping whitewater rafting, or take it slower with a kayak ride before checking out the rock climbing wall and alpine skiing track!
If you’re really trying to take things to the next level, make a beeline for the Sandridge Sky Trail — not only will you be able to soar 80 feet up in the air on the one-of-a-kind adventure course, you can take the quick way down with a harnessed freefall experience!
25 – Row like an Olympian at the Boathouse District
For athletes and adventurers alike, the Boathouse District offers the opportunity to rent a canoe or kayak and paddle across the world-class 400-meter training course — a popular spot that has been known to frequent Olympic athletes and high-level trainers.
Not too fussed by paddling? Then take advantage of the 13+ miles of bike trails that run right along the river for a scenic view and a decent workout instead.
26 – Catch a fly ball at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
Oklahoma City’s beloved Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark is home to the Oklahoma City Dodgers, a Triple-A affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers.
The stadium offers an array of fun experiences, from catching a game live to grabbing a bite and ice-cold drink at one of the many concession stands or restaurants in the park.
Before you head off, take a leisurely walk around the park to check out the statues and monuments, or shop at the team store for some new gear.
As an affiliate team rather than an MLB starter, tickets are typically cheaper; however, that doesn’t mean that the excitement is any less.
27 – Learn about state history at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
Spread across some 50,000 square feet, with no less than — ready for this? — 10 million specimens on display, it should come as no surprise that there’s truly no better way to learn about the state’s rich history than by visiting the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.
Diverse and extensive, the exhibits include arts, pioneer artifacts, and even ancient remains of extinct dinosaurs that were found in the area!
If you’re after a more in-depth learning experience, guided packages are available for private groups. Of course, you’re more than welcome to venture around at your own pace.
28 – Jump around at Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park
For kids and adults alike, the Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park is a thrilling (and far more tiring than it looks) way to spend a day.
Jump around on the APEX trampolines that cover the floor and walls, perfect for gymnasts or cheerleaders looking to get in some extra practice; test your balance on the ropes course or warrior course, or unleash your competitive beast on the dodgeball courts!
Bigger and with more on display than your typical trampoline park, Urban Air also sports its own bumper cars attraction and go-kart track.
29 – Stop by the National Softball Hall of Fame
A must-see for anyone who remotely considers themselves a diehard sports fan.
Surprisingly, softball is one of the nation’s most popular sports (stemming from the obsession with baseball) and Oklahoma City just happens to be the home of the National Softball Hall of Fame.
Home to a variety of sports memorabilia and displays, including one of the largest collections of softball bats in the world, the NSHF is a great place for any fan to spend an afternoon.
The arguable highlight, however, is the Olympic area, which celebrates the rich and dominant history of the United States Softball Team.
30 – Drive over to the Arcadia Round Barn
Built way back in 1898, the Arcadia Round Barn is a historic landmark that’s well worth stopping by to see for its unique design.
Located on the infamous Route 66 Highway, it’s non-negotiable to stop and take a photo of the unusual domed architecture.
Far more than just an old barn though, Arcadia is also home to a museum that showcases exhibits and historical data from the town of Arcadia — famous, of course, for its long-standing development of Route 66 and the surrounding Oklahoma area.
31 – Appreciate native culture at the First Americans Museum
After some 40 years of planning, the First Americans Museum finally opened its doors back in 2021 to great fanfare.
Exhibiting artifacts and stories related to the complex and long-standing histories of no less than 39 unique and distinctive tribal nations, the museum displays historical information on many of Oklahoma’s earliest settlers, sharing their unique perspectives on the growth and development of Oklahoma.
Authentic tapestries, weapons, clothes, and ceremonial objects line the halls of the museum at this one-of-a-kind location.
32 – Bundle all of the excitement at Celebration Station
Bumper boats, batting cages, go-karts, and delicious pizza — what else could you ask for? And that’s just the tip of the iceberg at Celebration Station.
After you’ve had your fill of drifting around corners competing for ultimate bragging rights, head over to the arcade and go head to head in a variety of interactive games (air hockey, racing games, and a bunch of prize-winning crane games that’ll truly test your skill).
For something a little more low-key, the 18-hole mini-golf course is a great option – but beware, it’s far more challenging than meets the eye.
33 – Get danger close to snakes at the OKC Rattlesnake Museum
An activity reserved for the fearless, the OKC Rattlesnake Museum provides the opportunity — for those brave enough — to get close up and personal with these slithering, albeit misunderstood creatures.
Besides the chance to hold a live snake (in very safe and controlled circumstances, of course), the museum also provides an educational experience where you can learn about rare venomous snakes and lizards from across the United States with friendly, safety-conscious handlers.
34 – Watch a show at the Civic Center Music Hall
Enjoyed year-round, the OKC Civic Center Music Hall, just west of Downtown next to Bicentennial Park, is home world-class to ballets, concerts, theatre performances, and orchestras.
Thanks to the state-of-the-art acoustics (which have aged like a fine wine in the building which dates back to the 1930s), no matter where you’re sitting, you’ll feel like you’re front and center for every melodic moment.
Hot tip: if you’re thinking about seeing a couple of different shows, be sure to take advantage of the multi-event passes for the best bang for your buck.
35 – Go wakeboarding at Wake Zone Cable Park
Sitting just outside of Oklahoma City in the Lost Lakes Haunted Forest, for a welcomed reprieve on those sizzling summer days, why not take your friends and family to what is the city’s unique take on a water park?
With a range of both thrilling and relaxing activities on offer, you can kickstart your day at Wake Zone Cable Park with some overhead cable wakeboarding (harder than it looks, but since you’re pulled along by an overhead cable, it’s still easier than being pulled by a boat) or run through the inflatable obstacle course
And for the perfect activity to transition afternoon into night, the Nightfall Haunted Territory is just around the corner.
36 – Try out the buffet at the Oklahoma City Incredible Pizza Company
With a name like that, it’s hard not to add this eaterie to the list of essential things to do in Oklahoma City, right?
Transporting diners to a simpler time, the Pizza Company is decked out with classic 50’s style and boasts a massive buffet with over 150 options that cater to any palate.
After you’re bursting at the seems from a delicious feed, enjoy one of the nine other activities offered — from spinning roller coasters to bumper cars and go-karts, there is no shortage of fun to experience… although, in hindsight, perhaps it’s best to eat afterward.
37 – Bowl a strike at HeyDay Entertainment
A classic pastime fused with an adults-only bar and lounge, HeyDay Entertainment, a 21+ bowling alley boasts large flat-screen TVs, a fully-stocked bar, and luxury couches for the ultimate bowling experience.
After claiming victory on the pins, take to the two-story laser tag arena or arcade to round out the night of entertainment.
38 – Marvel at the Centennial Land Run Monument
For a unique slice of Oklahoma’s history, why not visit the Centennial Land Run Monument — the only one in the world that commemorates this event — and be part of an experience like no other?
The monument is set on a hill overlooking Lake Overholser to symbolize its central location during 1889’s land run when over 50,000 people rushed to claim plots of land throughout Oklahoma that were free for the taking.
The event has been immortalized with life-size bronze statues of people, horses, and carriages — with intricate details, visitors can see depictions of people falling off their horses, tipping wagons, and clamoring cowboys.
Located just South of Bricktown, it’s an easy detour from the main haunts.
39 – Honor those who served at the 45th Infantry Division Museum
Established back in 1965, the 45th Infantry Division Museum commemorates the bravery and accomplishments of the men who served as members of the Thunderbirds.
Not only was this National Guard detachment deployed to Europe during WWII, but the infantry division was also again asked to serve their country in the Korean War.
An eye-opening attraction no doubt, guests can walk through the museum and interact with military artifacts, hear real and powerful stories, and learn all about the realities of what these men went through during their service.
40 – Test your skills in an escape room
So, consider yourself somewhat of a Sherlock Holmes? Now’s your chance to put your money where your mouth is!
For anyone looking to test their detective and problem-solving skills, then trying out an escape room is a must! Solve intricate puzzles in cleverly designed scenarios created to immerse visitors in a unique environment. With themes like murder mysteries and haunted houses, there are always new and exciting challenges.
Not sure where to start? Be sure to check out one of Oklahoma’s most popular escape rooms at Breakout Games, where island escapes, museum heists, and casino rooms await.
41 – Interact with wonderful wildlife at Blue Zoo Aquarium Oklahoma City
Unlike many other zoos and aquariums, the Blue Zoo emphasizes the importance of education and engagement with its visitors.
With that in mind, you can take advantage of the many interactive exhibits and feed all kinds of critters (particularly reptiles and birds) or feel the textures of stingrays and starfish in the touch tanks.
Be sure to explore the saltwater and freshwater rooms, each home to dozens of different fish species.
42 – See your favorite athletes at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame
A must-see for any true sports nut, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame is a shrine to some of the greatest athletes in the state’s history. From football and basketball stars to Olympians and record holders, there’s something for everyone here.
Relive iconic moments through video displays and interactive exhibits, then take a photo with your favorite sports hero! As most sports fans would know, Oklahoma has been known to produce amazing athletes in a variety of sports including Matt Kemp, Blake Griffin, and Jim Thorpe.
The on-site museum, which was named after Thorpe, houses jerseys, exhibits, and other sports memorabilia throughout his career as a decorated Olympian, baseball player, and future Football Hall of Fame inductee.
43 – Play conductor at the Oklahoma Railway Museum
Situated a few minutes north of downtown Oklahoma City, over near the Lincoln Park Golf Course, the Oklahoma Railway Museum is a fascinating attraction that takes guests back in time to explore the history and development of railways throughout America.
From steam locomotives and passenger cars to cabooses and freight cars, spanning from the 1870s all the way through to the mid-twentieth century and all with original decals and equipment, there’s something for everyone to see and learn at this interactive museum.
44 – Visit Saint Joseph’s Old Cathedral
Originally built in 1889, Saint Joseph’s Old Cathedral stands as not only a functioning church but also as a piece of architectural history.
Although most of the original structure has been remodeled, there are still breathtaking pieces of stained glass and sculptures that span back to the late 1800s.
Luckily for us, visitors are free to appreciate the beauty of the Gothic Revival church free of charge in any of the services conducted weekly.
45 – Blast off into space at the Stafford Air & Space Museum
Whether you’re an aeronautics enthusiast or simply looking to harness your inner Maverick, the Stafford Air & Space Museum — featuring a collection of over 3,500 artifacts in a 63,000 square foot space — sells itself as the go-to spot for a day of hands-on learning.
Spread throughout the Museum you can see de-classified military planes, retired space shuttles, and discover the ins and outs of what it’s like to be an astronaut.
46 – Get a hole in one at Topgolf
A solid indoor activity for bachelor parties, birthdays, or just a fun outing with your friends and family, Topgolf brings all the fun of a day on the course and fuses it with modern technology and a high-quality restaurant.
This innovative take on the classic sport of golf gives players access to a state-of-the-art scoring system, food, drinks, music and more in each location so you can go out for an excellent time no matter what your skill level may be.
47 – Get creative at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
With no shortage of innovative styles of art on display, drawing inspiration from video games, pop culture, and politics, the free-to-enter Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center showcases original and creative works that are sure to pique interest.
Spread out across a huge, $30 million downtown campus, the center provides a variety of interactive exhibits, classes for all ages, and periodic events (so check the calendar to see what’s on).
Or, feel free to browse at your own pace — you can find sculptures, tapestries, and three-dimensional installations that push the boundaries of what most would traditionally classify as art.
48 – Whip up a BBQ lunch at Stars and Stripes Park
Sitting adjacent to Lake Hefner, the Stars and Stripes Park is a local favorite for barbeques, hiking, and picnics by the lake.
Kids will also be excited to check out the patriotic-themed playground modeled to look like rocket ships, while nature lovers always appreciate the chance to take a stroll around the lake.
With plenty of picnic tables and grills on offer, simply bring your own food and you’ll be good to go.
49 – Check out the bull sharks at the Oklahoma Aquarium
The Oklahoma Aquarium is considered to be one of the most popular family-friendly things to do in Oklahoma – not the city, but the entire state, and for good reason.
Besides housing the world’s largest exhibit of bull sharks, the aquarium boasts a unique and biodiverse collection of aquatic life spread across intricately designed habitats for each ecosystem — namely the Polynesian Reef, Extreme Amazon, and Sea Turtle Island exhibits.
While it sits about an hour and a half away in nearby Tulsa, with plenty of other activities in the city, it’s a stellar day trip option.
50 – Strum along at the American Banjo Museum
For an interesting afternoon activity, head over to the American Banjo Museum in Bricktown where you can learn about America’s five-stringed cultural history.
Featuring rotating exhibits and artifacts from notable artists, and containing over 400 instruments, recordings, and pieces of quirky memorabilia, this 21,000-square-foot facility honors the rich and vibrant history of what’s been dubbed “America’s instrument.”
Start your trip by admiring the clever crafting of slave-created banjos, and then follow the instrument through history as it evolved into the Bluegrass and folk music scene.
51 – Step into the art at Factory Obscura Mix-Tape
Oozing culture and quirkiness, Factory Obscura Mix-Tape, a 6,000 square foot building painted to resemble a colorful mixtape is known for its eclectic roster of immersive art that fuses color with flashing lights, hand-crafted sculptures, and a whole lot more — often with a musical bent too.
With exhibits constantly changing (and the occasional rave), no two visits to this off-the-beaten-track locale will be the same.
52 – Learn a thing or two at the Oklahoma History Center
Oklahoma is a state rich with history, dating back to the days of the Wild West, and if you’re looking to learn all about the realities of yesteryear, there’s no better spot than the Oklahoma History Center.
Sitting across the street from the Governor’s mansion, this museum is a whopping 215,000 square feet and contains hundreds of thousands of diverse items in its collections.
Highlights include a deep dive into the Prohibition era in Oklahoma, the Skylab 4 Apollo Command Module, and galleries devoted to themes like Native American culture, geology, transportation, and pioneers.
53 – Take a tour of the State Capitol Building
With a Greco-Roman exterior not too dissimilar from State Capitol Building in Washington D.C., houses the Oklahoma House of Representatives chamber and offices and the Senate.
Besides that, this imposing structure also shows off a brilliant collection of art and murals, many of which depict important moments and symbols throughout Oklahoma’s history.
The Flight of Spirit, in the main rotunda, is just one of many worth checking out
Considering that it is a government building, visitors are allowed to explore solely with pre-arranged guided tours.
54 – Read the stories of extraordinary people at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame
A longstanding part of Oklahoma City’s museum scene, at nearly a century old, is this unique hall of fame at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum.
Devoted to honoring Oklahomans who have made a significant impact on not just the state, but also the world, and it does so wonderfully through state-of-the-art technology and interactivity.
From athletes and celebrities to business people and philanthropists, hundreds of inductees – all with fascinating stories to tell – are recognized for their excellence in a variety of fields.
55 – Check out The American Pigeon Museum & Library
A hidden gem tucked away in an unassuming building about 10 miles north of Downtown, the American Pigeon Museum & Library.
Combine to be easily one of the more bizarre attractions you’ll come across in the central US, devoted to the history and art of pigeons – birds that have been used for communication and transportation for centuries.
In addition to showcasing the bird’s relationship with humans over time, the Museum also houses an extensive array of live pigeons, of all different colors and varieties.
56 – Watch a parade in Stockyards City
Offering classic Oklahoma hospitality in spades, Oklahoma City’s historic Stockyards District is one of the last remaining in America, complete with an expansive collection of shops and restaurants complementing a vibrant events calendar.
Its main street is reminiscent of the uniquely-western districts of decades gone by, however, today it has become most known as the go-to spot for all kinds of Western art and clothing.
57 – Wander around the Paseo Arts District
If you’re looking for a more contemporary and artsy vibe, Oklahoma City’s Paseo Arts District — a small yet enchanting neighborhood just north of downtown — is where it’s at.
Boasting over 20 different galleries, art studios, and performance venues, this district (sometimes referred to as the Spanish Village) has something for everyone and is the perfect place to spend an afternoon browsing (or buying).
58 – Stop into the 99s Museum of Women Pilots
Dedicated to the wonderful and landmark accomplishments of women in aviation, this museum is unsurprisingly located at Will Rogers World Airport – about 15 minutes southwest of Downtown.
From early pioneers like Amelia Earhart to astronauts like Geraldyn “Jerrie” Cobb, the 99s Museum, through a host of interactive elements that promise fun for the whole family, tells the stories of the many women who have pushed boundaries and broken barriers in the aviation industry.
59 – Run around town with a scavenger hunt
A far more fast-paced and interactive way to explore the main attractions in Oklahoma City, a scavenger hunt is a perfect way to get out and about with family or friends.
Led from the convenience of a phone, the Amazing Race-esque adventures take you all over different areas, depending on which option you choose — Downtown, Bricktown, and the riverfront, to name a few.
Looking for something a little more unique? Consider a Western art or zombie-themed hunt!
60 – Ride the fireman’s pole at the Oklahoma Firefighters Museum
A tribute to the brave men and women who put their lives on the line day in and day out, Oklahoma City’s Firefighters Museum is a must for anyone interested in learning more about this essential profession.
Featuring interactive exhibits that allow you to experience what it’s like to be a firefighter, as well as displays of historic firefighting equipment — including a dozen old-school trucks as well as uniforms — that help tell the story of firefighting from the 1730s through to the present, it’s both eye-opening and educational.
61 – Shop till you drop at the OKC Outlets
For bargain hunters looking for a quick dose of retail therapy, the OKC Outlets, with the widest range of storefronts (over 80, all up) in the area, is hard to beat.
From top-name fashion brands like Adidas, Michael Kors, and American Eagle to home goods and everything in between, these outlets offer discounts of up to 70% on regular prices, making it the perfect place to stock up on gifts or jazz up your own wardrobe.
62 – Roll the dice at Remington Park
Located in the Adventure District up near the Zoo, Remington Park is home to two remarkable features: a world-class horse racing track and the only casino in the city.
While the races are always lively, debatably the main event is its slot floor: this unique attraction boasts over 750 electronic games to test your luck as you try to win big!
Throw in the revered Silks Restaurant where you can score a panoramic view of the racing action, The Bricktown Brewery with all the pub fare classics on hand, and the handcrafted cocktails at Club One, and you’re in for a day (or night, or both) of non-stop entertainment.
63 – Do some beer tasting at a local brewery
Whether you’re a casual beer drinker or an aficionado, there’s no denying the joys of sipping on a cold one after a long day of touristy walkabout – and, luckily for all of the thirsty travelers, OKC is not shy when it comes to notable brews.
While Oklahoma City might not have as many breweries as some other cities its size, that doesn’t mean the beer isn’t good – in fact, some of the most highly rated microbrews in the state can be found right here!
From classics like the Twisted Spike Brewery, Iron Monk, and Bricktown Brewery to newcomers like Anthem, Battered Boar, and Stonecloud, there’s a watering hole fir for everyone. So, why not do a little tasting tour?
64 – Soak in the views from a rooftop bar
While some of the cities rooftop bars are more known than others, they all have one thing in common: an amazing view.
Whether it’s a casual cocktail or craft beer you’re after or something stronger to take off that day’s stress — like a handcrafted martini served with premium vodka — these places offer up unique atmospheres and stellar views.
From the upscale O Bar on the 7th floor of the Ambassador Hotel to the Bossa Nova at Cafe Do Brasil where all the flavors and vibrant energy of Latin America intersect, or the casual, neighborhood street-food eaterie and bar that is Guytes in Uptown.
if its skyline views and prime steakhouse grub, Packard’s on the roof of the 1920’s automobile showroom ought to do the trick, and while little-known, the esteemed Oklahoma City Museum of Art serves up refreshing drinks paired with lovely views from its upper terrace.
65 – Pamper yourself at a spa
For those times when you need to take it easy, there’s no place better than a spa. Designed for peace of mind and relaxation, these oases of zen provide some much-needed me-time — so go on, treat yourself!
From traditional treatments like massages and scrubs or facials to more unique offerings like meditation, floatation therapy, and sound baths, there’s something at every price point to help you unwind.
Hot tip: for the best bang for your buck and to save up to 50% off the walk-in price, make sure to book online and in advance.
Need a ride from the airport?
There’s nothing worse than having to negotiate with taxi drivers or decipher the transport system when you first arrive in a new city.
Luckily, Oklahoma City has got you covered with airport transfers! Simply pre-book your ride and relax – they’ll take care of the rest.
A popular option for traveling groups and families, the price per person often results in being cheaper than the combination of individual transport fare — so not only can you save a few bucks, but learn plenty along the way thanks to the in-the-know local driver.
Where to next?
Thanks for checking out our collection of things to do in Oklahoma City! If you have anything you’d like to add to the list, feel free to leave a comment below. In the meantime, why not have a gander at some of the notable destinations nearby?
If you’re heading north, state-straddling Kansas City is famous for its upbeat jazz heritage and drool-worthy BBQ.
To the west, underrated Albuquerque in New Mexico is perched high in the desert, meshing Spanish history with modern architecture; and over to the east, Memphis is a non-negotiable for anyone with a true, unwavering passion for music history.
That’s a wrap — as always, happy travels!