Whether you’re planning a staycation or just looking for fun things to do over the weekend this summer, Cleveland County residents have plenty of options, whether their tastes run to outdoors fun, arts and culture, or something altogether different. Some ideas follow.
“Find the explorer in you” at the Oklahoma City Zoo. In addition to lions and tigers and bears (oh, my!), attractions include the Great Ape Escape, Aquaticus and Explorikeet Adventure. The zoo, featuring some 1,800 animals, is located on 120 beautiful acres and is Oklahoma’s No. 1 attraction and the third most family-friendly zoo in the country.
2101 N.E. 50th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Lake Thunderbird State Park offers features two marinas–Calypso Cove Marina and Little River Marina–nine boat ramps, and two swim beaches. Accommodations include over 200 RV sites with 30 full hookup sites as well as primitive campsites. Also available: playgrounds, picnic tables, an archery range, and hiking, mountain biking and nature trails. The Lake Thunderbird Nature Center and equestrian trails are located in the Clear Bay area.
13101 Alameda Drive
Norman, OK 73026
If you’re looking for thrills, check out Frontier City, Oklahoma City’s western-themed amusement park, established in 1958. New this summer is the Gully Washer, in which riders plunge off of a 66-foot tall tower down three enclosed body slides, blasting through narrow loops and twisting tunnels. The park features several cafes and other dining options, a trading post and other specialty shops, and a Wild West Gunfighter Stunt Show, and summer concerts, along with other entertainment.
11501 N I- 35 Service Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73131
Many families purchase double park season tickets to Frontier City and White Water Bay. The 25-acre water park, built in 1981, is the largest water adventure park in Oklahoma, with over 30 rides, slides, pools and activities.
3908 W Reno Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
The Museum of Osteology is a unique educational experience. Focusing on the form and function of the skeletal system, this 7,000-square-foot museum displays hundreds of skulls and skeletons from all corners of the world. Exhibits include adaptation, locomotion, classification and diversity of the vertebrate kingdom. The museum is the first of its kind in America.
10301 S. Sunnylane Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73160
The Sam Noble Museum is continually listed among the top 10 places to visit in Norman, as well as the top lists of must-visit places in the state. Founded in 1899 at the University of Oklahoma, the museum collections include 10 million specimens and artifacts from the life, earth and social sciences.
2401 Chautauqua Ave.
Norman, OK 73072
Thanks to an annual gift from the OU Athletics Department, entry to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is always complimentary. With nearly 17,000 works of art in its permanent collection, visitors will be impressed with the range of works, including French Impressionism, 20th-century American painting and sculpture, traditional and contemporary Native American art, art of the Southwest, ceramics and photography.
555 Elm Ave.
Norman, OK 73019
Other ideas? How about a scenic car ride down Oklahoma’s portions of historic Route 66, a family outing to the Myriad Gardens, or a walking tour of Oklahoma City’s Bricktown? A great launching spot for planning your summer outings across central Oklahoma and further afield can be found at travelok.com/article_page/50-free-things-to-do-in-oklahoma.