Midwest Road Trips

The Best Oklahoma City Weekend Itinerary

Walk through the Myraid Botanical Garden and enjoy a tropical oasis. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

From outdoor adventure to the arts to professional sport, visitors will find lots to do in Oklahoma City for a weekend getaway. In a few days, visitors can see a ball game. reflect at the Memorial and tour a Cowboy Museum. And visitors won’t have to go far for a good steak. Here are the top things to do and an Oklahoma City Weekend Itinerary.

Oklahoma City Weekend Itinerary

Located in central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City is about 200 miles north from Dallas/Fort Worth. It offers the Will Rogers World Airport (Oklahoma City’s airport) and most visitors will need a car to get around. Though ride sharing is available.

Friday Night

For visitors who enjoy sports, Oklahoma City offers two professional sports games, It is a must for a Oklahoma City Weekend Itinerary.

Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

As a Triple A affiliate of the LA Dodgers, the Oklahoma City Dodgers play ball from April until September, t

Located at 2 South Mickey Mantle Dr. Tickets required.

Paycom Center

From October to April, the Oklahoma Thunder NBA team dribbles across the court at the Paycom Center.

Located at 100 W. Reno Ave. Tickets required. 


With three stories of family-friendly entertainment. the Brickopolois in an indoor/outdoor venue. Visitors will find laser tag, an arcade, a climbing wall along with a buffet and bar. There’s also an 18-hole miniature golf course. 

Located at 111 S. Mickey Mantle Dr.  Open Sunday, Monday and Thursday  from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight. (closed Tuesday and Wednesday). Each activity is a separate price.

Bricktown Water Taxi 

Floating along the river canal in downtown Oklahoma City, the Bricktown Water Taxi is a narrated cruise. Visitor will learn more about OKC, like its history, in a covered,  open-air water taxi.

Main Dock is located at 111 S. Mickey Mantle Dr. Open year-round with departures on the hour from the main dock. Adult roundtrip tickets are $13, kids (6 – 12) $10 and kids (5 and younger) are $4.

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A trip to the National Cowboy Museum is a must. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker


Oklahoma City offers several museums to explore, many focusing on the culture of the region.  Visting one of its museums is a must for an Oklahoma City Weekend Itinerary.

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

As a museum dedicated to the art and culture of the cowboy,  visitors will find art galleries displaying sculpture and western landscape art. Additionally, there are rodeo displays, like the cowboy boot display along snippets of a thousand different types of barbed wire. In the garden, visitors will find a graveyard with notable Oklahoma rodeo animal.  

Located at 1700 Northeast 63rd St. Open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Adult admission is $15, students are $10 and kids 6 to 12 are $5.

First Americans Museum

Opening in 2021, the First Americans Museum is dedicated to the 39 individual tribal nations in Oklahoma. Though only a few groups were indigenous to the area, many tribes were focibly relocated to Indian Territory, In 1907, Oklahoma became a state, and the name was derived from two Choctow words.

The facility guides visitors through the arts and culture of the 39 First American nations today. With traditionally made baskets and drums to interactive art and storytelling, the First Americans Museum curates the objects that tell the story of the individual groups that call Oklahoma home today.

Located at 659 First Americans Blvd. Open Monday, Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Tuesday). Adult admission (13+) is $15 and kids (4 -12)  are $5.

Oklahoma Railway Museum 

The railroad crossing the continent developed many parts of the West. Visitors can see historic trains like a stream engine. Explore the Oakwood Depot, then explore its collection of locomotives, passenger cars and freight cars.

The Oklahoma Railway Museum offers train rides twice a month on Saturdays from April to August. Adult train tickets $12, kids 3 to 12 $5. In November and December, it operates the Polar Express.

Located at 3400 NE Grand Blvd. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission for everyone. 

Science Museum Oklahoma

This facility includes 350,000 square feet with hands-on exhibits, focused on science and discovery. Highlights include the Segway park along and the Kirkpatrick Planetarium. There is also a tinkering garage along with exhibits on art.

Located at 2020 Remington Place. Open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Adult admission in $20.95 and kids (3 to 12) are $15.95.

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Pay respects to those lost at the Oklahoma City Bombing Site. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker


After explore the arts and culture of Oklahoma, spend Sunday outdoors.

Oklahoma National Memorial and Museum 

On  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.  

Located at NW 6th and Harvey Ave. Outdoor Memorial open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Free to enter. The museum is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Timed entry tickets available online. Adult admission is $15 and students (6 to 17) along with college students is $12.

Myriad Botanical Garden

Visitors can enjoy a beautifully landscaped park that is popular with locals as well as visitors.The Myriad Botanical Garden features and outdoor space with gardens with native Oklahoma plants along with a lake and stair fountain with ducks. The gardens can be enjoyed at night with lots of decorative lighting and there’s a free children’s garden with a playscape and water play areas. 

It also features an enclosed space dedicated to specialized gardens, Insomuch Foundation Crystal Bridges. This space offers water features, including a water fountain, along with topical plants.

Located at 301 Reno Ave. The outdoor grounds are open daily 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. it is free to enter. Crystal Bridges is open from Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission to Crystal Bridges is $10.50, students are $7 and kids (5 – 17) are $5.50.

The Boathouse District.
The Boathouse District offers an adventure course along with a man-made white water course. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Riversport Adventures 

Located in the Boathouse District, find whitewater rafting and tubing, an adventure course and pump track (BMX riders) at Riversport Adventures.  Addtionally, visitors will find a zip line, adventure courses along with surfing and indoor alpine skiing.

Located at 800 Riversport Dr. Open daily from Memorial Day weekend until mid-August from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekends only in mid-March to mid-May and mid-August until first of October. Admission based on activity. 

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Where to Eat in Oklahoma City

Cattlemen’s Steakhouse

When you walk into Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, it’s hard not to imagine John Wayne sitting at a table. It’s the kind of place.

Since Oklahoma is cattle country, the go-to item is beef. Served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Get a tender steak cooked to order in a variety of sizes. Sample the house-made rolls and even the salad dressings are 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.

Located at 1309 S. Agnew in the center of the historic stockyards of Oklahoma City. Open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse

Enjoy a fine dining experience across the street from the ball field. Find a chef-created menu with a focus on beef though don’t miss the chef’s seafood appetizer for two featuring the best of the season.

Located at #7 Mickey Mantle Dr. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday (closed Sunday and Monday).

Tucker’s Onion Burgers

Sample an Oklahoma original, the onion burger at Tucker’s Onion Burgers. 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.

Located at 324 NW 23rd St. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Where to Stay in Oklahoma City

Located at 411 E. Sheridan Ave. in Oklahoma City.


The writer went on a sponsored media trip.

Head to Oklahoma City in Central Oklahoma for a weekend getaway with a focus on sports and outdoors along with the arts scene in OKC. See a ball game. Tour a Cowboy Museum. Reflect at the Memorial. Find where to stay in OKC and where to find the best steaks in Oklahoma City. #OKC #OklahomaCity

Catherine Parker has a passion for travel and seen all 50 U.S. States. As a former flight attendant with one of the largest airlines, there isn't a North American airport that she hasn't landed in at least once. Since clipping her professional wings after 9/11, she combines her love of the open road with visiting architectural and cultural icons. She is based out of Central Texas dividing her time between writing and restoring a pair of 100-year-old houses. She shares her life with her three kids and her husband.

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