5 Fun Things to Do in Oklahoma City

June 11, 2021
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jason wolfe
Source: Yelp

Ready to have fun in OKC? We’ve got a list of the most interesting places to visit. Oklahoma City is filled with rich history, friendly locals, and many unique attractions. You’ll find museums, one-of-a-kind restaurants, unique venues, and a lot more. We’ve selected five different locations to cater to everyone's interests. If you’re looking for your next adventure, consider one of the places we talk about in Oklahoma City.

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Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden

Oklahoma's premier zoo connecting people and wildlife with an unforgettable experience.

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2000 Remington Pl | Oklahoma City | okczoo.org

Located in Oklahoma City's Adventure District, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is a vast 119-acre area that houses more than 1900 animals. With a large variety of wildlife sections, you can easily spend all day exploring the zoo and looking at wild animals in natural habitats. From the Asia Sanctuary that houses a herd of Asian elephants to the Cat Forest where you can see tigers and snow leopards, the zoo has it all.

Make sure to visit the Oklahoma Trails, a 7.7-acre area featuring animals native to Oklahoma. In this exhibit, you'll find alligators, bison, black bears, beavers, and several snakes along with various other animals. Next, explore the Butterfly Garden which is a lush outdoor garden featuring a range of different butterflies from giant swallowtails to painted ladies.

They also offer various events that you can plan for so that your experience is more exciting. From giraffe feedings to camel rides to flamingo mingles, you’ll find something new for you to try.

"A very pretty zoo, with well thought out habitats. The landscaping is beautiful, and the animals are well taken care of. This zoo also sticks to its historical roots, and shares the progress of conservation throughout the years, by repurposing the old inadequate exhibits from its early days into nice areas for smaller species. There is also a Zoozeum that tells the interesting history of the OKC Zoo. If you have a chance to book one of the animal experiences go for it! They are very fun and informative!" - Yelp Review

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Science Museum Oklahoma

A hands-on science museum with a planetarium and multiple specialized galleries.

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2020 Remington Pl | Oklahoma City | sciencemuseumok.org

Science Museum Oklahoma is one of the largest science museums in America with enough exhibits and galleries to last you all day. Founded in 1958, Science Museum Oklahoma has evolved as science and technology continue to change and expand. Of course, science is a broad subject so this museum has a two-story building filled with exhibits to encompass multiple science categories. Explore the Aviation Wing where you can learn about the evolution of aviation starting with Leonardo da Vinci's drawings to a modern aircraft.

If you're more into ecology or botany, the gardens at Science Museum Oklahoma would be the perfect place for you. Native plants thrive making it a beautiful place to explore the flora. In their gardens, they have an aquaculture and permaculture demonstration as well as a hobby greenhouse, and lawn games.

Finally, make sure to enjoy the Kirkpatrick Planetarium. They have multiple live shows daily where you can explore the cosmos and learn about astronomy from their astronomy expert guides. Plan an adventurous day at Science Museum Oklahoma.

"We had the best time here last year.  We have been to science museums in lots of big cities - Dallas, Chicago, DC, etc - my kids 3&2 loved this one the most.  They would have stayed here all day. It was busy, but not overly crowded.  Everything was interactive in a way that was appropriate for them and still interesting to me and my husband.  Everything was pretty open to not feel too crowded and I could keep up with them pretty well.  They had a blast, we learned a lot and can not wait to come again.  Also, reasonably priced." - Yelp Review

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Oklahoma City National Memorial &  Museum

A memorial honoring the victims, survivors, rescuers, and all who are affected by the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995.

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620 N Harvey Ave | Oklahoma City | memorialmuseum.com

If you lived in Oklahoma for a while, odds are you know about the Oklahoma City bombing that occurred in April 1995. If you haven't, here's a short version of the story. In 1995 the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building was bombed. The explosion killed 168 people and destroyed a large portion of the building. A permanent national memorial was built to honor all who died, survived, and were affected by the bombing. The Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum has become an integral part of Oklahoma City. If you're wanting a meaningful experience where you can learn more about the tragedy and honor those who were affected by it, visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum.

When you first enter the memorial you'll notice a massive bronze gate that rests at the entrance to the outdoor memorial. There's a twin gate located on the western side. These two gates are the Gates of Time where the eastern gate represents the last moments of peace while the western gate represents the first moments of recovery.

In the outdoor memorial, you'll find several features including the Reflecting Pool with water flowing over black granite and the Survivor Tree which is an American elm that was heavily damaged by the bomb but still survived.

Inside the museum, there are several exhibits and artifacts that are related to the Oklahoma City bombing. They also feature various events in the museum if you want to check those out and plan your visit around a particular event. For those who are into history, the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum is a must-visit.

"This museum was the best I have ever been to hands-down. The flow made sense and you were able to follow along of the timeline of events. I did not know very many details about this historic attack however after visiting this museum I can tell you multiple things! Even personal stories of some survivors. There were interactive activities and stories to read. You could spend anywhere up to 1 to 4 hours in the museum. There is a parking garage across the street which allows free parking with a ticket to the museum. The outdoor memorial is free to visit at any time. Very touching place of history!" - Yelp Review

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Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

An iconic ballpark hosting a variety of events and home to the Oklahoma City Dodgers.

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2 S Mickey Mantle Dr | Oklahoma City | milb.com/oklahoma-city/ballpark/chickasaw-bricktown-ballpark

For all you sports fans out there, make sure to catch a game at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. It was opened in 1998 in the Bricktown Entertainment District and since then thousands of locals have enjoyed viewing sports at this ballpark. The stadium is massive and has seating for over 13,000 fans. It often hosts the Philips 66 Big 12 Baseball Tournament and games of the Bedlam Series.

Visit their site to take a look at the Oklahoma City Dodgers schedule so you can catch the next game. Go with a date or a group of friends and you can chow down on classic stadium food like nachos and ice cream while feeling the high energy of the game. If you’re going with a group, they offer various decks and suites that you can enjoy the game on including a Patio Suite with indoor and outdoor seating. There's no better way to spend a summer evening.

"This is a really great ballpark. Not a bad seat in the whole stadium. The ball club is good and the vendor options are solid and not overpriced. I've had a great experience every time. The location is great, too, right in Bricktown with quick access from I-40. Come out to the park!" - Yelp Review

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Main Event

An exciting venue dedicated to entertainment with over 100 games from laser tag to bowling.

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1441 W Memorial Rd | Oklahoma City | mainevent.com

Main Event has everything you could think of when it comes to entertainment which is why it's so popular for groups and parties. No matter what kind of entertainment you enjoy, there's something for you at Main Event. You can kick back and relax while enjoying delicious food and watching sports on TV before jumping into the festivities. They feature a bar and food with delightful meals including burgers, pizza, salad, and many more. We recommend trying their  Campfire S'mores Skillet, which is exactly what it sounds like and is delicious.

Once you finish chowing down, pick what you want to do! They have bowling, laser tag with a multi-level arena, and virtual reality that you can play with your friends to name a few of the options. If you're a pool shark, you'll definitely want to check out the billiards table and they offer karaoke for those who love to sing. You'll find a massive arcade as well as a mini-golf course. The sky's the limit at Main Event.

"This place is super cool! Pool tables, large bar, arcade games, bowling, laser tag, so worth a visit. Very good environment, we only came here because our birthday girl wanted to play laser tag, it was a good time. We will definitely be back for more games!" - Yelp Review

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Dodge City Paintball

An outdoor venue where you can play a paintball game with fun obstacles.

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16425 NW 150th St | Yukon | dodgecitypaintball.com

Located in Yukon to the west of Oklahoma City, you'll find a bright yellow building and an entire paintball field obstacle course. That's a Dodge City Paintball. It was opened by Craig Huxman who played paintball all over the country. He used his experiences and his love of paintball to create this paintball park. Today, groups of people love having their own paintball adventures at this incredible park.

Paintball as a sport has existed since the 1970s and rapidly increased in popularity. It's easy to see why thanks to the physically and mentally challenging aspects of the game. It requires teamwork which makes it a great sport to play with friends. If you have a birthday coming up or you have a group of friends trying to decide what to do on a weekend, make sure to check out Dodge City Paintball.

"BEST PAINTBALL in this area, hands down!!! Spent four hours out there Sunday with 13 crazy 10 year old boys and their Dad's, that thought they were also 10.‍ A fantastic Birthday Party!  The area is very rural and true to life for escape and evade maneuvers. Multiple areas of play, including a wooded area...not something I've seen at other facilities.  Prices are competitive and the staff is amazing and fun with safety being first and foremost.  We are already planning our next trip for our baseball team." - Yelp Review

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There's no shortage of fun to be had in Oklahoma City! Whether you are a history buff or a sports lover, Oklahoma City has entertainment for you. Which place sounds the most interesting to you? Leave us a comment below!

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