Head to OKC for family fun with several musts for your trip. Learn about the Oklahoma City bombing back in 1995. Then see if the cowboy life is for you. Take a walking tour of the revitalized downtown. Got them all listed and to answer the question, what to see in Oklahoma City with kids.
What to see in Oklahoma City with Kids
- Visit the Oklahoma National Memorial and Museum
- Catch a game at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
- Learn about the cowboy life at theNational Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
- Walk through the Myriad Botanical Garden
- Stroll the Bricktown Entertainment District
- Tackle the white water at The Boathouse District
- Cruise downRoute 66
Oklahoma National Memorial and Museum
Visit the tranquil yet haunting memorial of the Oklahoma City bombing that changed the downtown Oklahoma City forever. On the morning of April 19, 1995, a box truck filled with fertilizer exploded in front of the Authur P. Murrah Federal Building. In total, 168 people died, including children staying in the building’s daycare.
Outdoor Memorial open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Free.
Museum open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Adult admission $15, kids and college students with ID (6+) $12 and kids under 5 are free. Located at NW 6th and Harvey Ave.
Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
From Spring until Fall, the Oklahoma City Dodgers, a Triple-A affiliate of the LA Dodgers, swing into the Bricktown entertainment district at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Along with games, find the bronze statues of notable Oklahoma players around the ballpark. Like legends, Mickey Mantle, Hall of Famer Johnny Bench and Warren Spahn, a leftie, located at each entrance.
Located at 2 Mickey Mantle Dr. Tickets range from $8 to $26 with games in the afternoons and evenings.
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
With a combination of galleries displaying sculpture, western landscape art and rodeo displays, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum offers something for every visitor. See cowboy boot displays or snippets of a thousand different types of barbed wire. Then head outside to see the graves of notable Oklahoma rodeo animals.
Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Adult admission is $12.50, teens and students with ID is $9.75, kids from 6 to 12 is $5.75 and free for kids 5 and under. Located at 1700 Northeast 63rd St.
Myriad Botanical Garden
Walk through several different ecosystems at the Myriad Botanical Garden, like wet and dry mountain landscapes as well as a tropical oasis. Find parrots and chocolate trees, along with banana trees and orchids.
Outside the Crystal Bridge enclosure find more gardens to explore, like a children’s garden with a playscape, live performance stages and water play areas. Walk through native Oklahoma plants or see the lake and stair fountain where ducks swim. The gardens can be enjoyed at night with lots of decorative lighting.
Free for outdoor gardens and hours are 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Adult admission for Crystal Bridge is $8, teens and students with ID $7 and kids 4 to 12 are $5 with kids 3 and under free. Located at 301 Reno Ave.
Bricktown Entertainment District
Explore the Bricktown Entertainment District in Oklahoma City and be sure to walk down to its canal. Reminiscent of San Antonio’s Riverwalk, hop onboard the Bricktown Water Taxi for a 40-minute ride. The boat captains share the best of Oklahoma City too.
Ticket booth located at 111 S. Mickey Mantle Dr., across from the ballpark. Open Monday through Thursday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Adult admission is $11, kid admission (6 to 12) is $8.50 and kids 5 and under get onboard for $3.50. Tickets good all day.
Art museums aren’t the only place to find art, find a fab mural in downtown Oklahoma City’s Bricktown District. Find Cultivation in the train underpass on Reno Ave. Head to the Plaza District for even more murals.
The Boathouse District
Tackle a new skill with the kids, like whitewater rafting. In a man-made course, families can navigate rapids and drops in Class 3 rapids (or class 4 rapids if over 16). Along with whitewater rafting and tubing, find an adventure course and pump track (BMX riders).
Located at 725 S. Lincoln Blvd. Open daily from Memorial Day until mid-August from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Buy a riversport pass for $49 a day.
Don’t forget the Mother Road, the fabled Route 66 runs through OKC. Find a throwback spot to snap a selfie. Head to the Milk Bottle Grocery on 2426 N. Classen Blvd. (part of Route 66) built in the 1930s the milk bottle was added in 1948.
Where to Eat in Oklahoma City
I ate beef from the point I crossed the Oklahoma border until I took off from the airport. Oklahoma is cattle country where cattle auctions happen weekly. So if you’re in the mood for a good steak, order one at every meal. I did.
When I walked into Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, I thought I would see John Wayne sitting at a table. It’s the kind of place.
Since it had been a few hours since my last steak, I ordered a small filet for lunch. Paired with a baked potato with all the fixings, it was the most tender steak I’ve had in a while. Tender, pink perfection, though the steaks are cooked to order. Sample the house-made rolls and even the salad dressings is a signature item.
Open for breakfast, where diners order steak and eggs, or pancakes and omelettes. And don’t forget a cup of coffee in the Cattelemen’s mug.
Open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 6 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday. Located at 1309 S. Agnew in the center of the historic stockyards of Oklahoma City.
Tucker’s Onion Burgers
Sample an Oklahoma original, the onion burger. I had one at Tucker’s Onion Burgers, conveniently located in the Will Rogers World Airport (Oklahoma City’s airport).
Back in the Depression, grill cooks needed to stretch the ground beef so they started adding sliced onions to the patties and throwing them on the flat top. A legend was born. Though the burgers can be cooked without the onions for kids who hate them.
Find another Tucker’s location at 324 NW 23rd St.
Where to Stay in Oklahoma City
Head to the Bricktown area to be within walking distance of all the attractions. During my visit, I stayed at the AC Hotel Oklahoma City Bricktown by Marriott. With European influences, a lobby happy hour and sleek interiors, it’s the sophisticated choice. Though this property lacks a pool.
This was part of a press trip hosted by Visit Oklahoma City. Consideration for brands mentioned.