8200 W. I-40 Service Rd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73128
Phone: (405) 787-7051
Fax: (405) 787-8678
Route 66 Park sits along the beautiful Lake Overholser and its main feature is the three-story Cyrus Avery Observation Tower that overlooks the scenic lake. The park is the largest in the city's park system and it's full of fun activities for the whole family. In addition to the aforementioned tower, it has a small amphitheater, walking trails, ponds and a skate park. Don't forget to check out the historic map of the 'Mother Road' in the plaza before or after your visit, it displays the 34 landmarks from Illinois to California.
When the family travels, the kids always suffer from being cooped up during the trip. Let them burn off that extra energy at Celebration Station, a chain of family fun centers with locations across the South. No matter what your child's tastes are, the Station has something to entertain them, and maybe even you, too. Activities include batting cages, miniature golf, go-karts and bumper boats. Inside, your group can enjoy a variety of arcade games or a dinner of pizza and soda pop.
Hot, humid and sticky summer afternoons in Oklahoma are brutal and consistent. To cool off, bring the family to White Water Bay, the city's largest and most popular water park. The park is fun for all ages, where little tykes can splash around in the shallow 'Kids Kove' and the bigger kids (adults included) take the scarier rides like the 'Acapulco Cliff Dive', 'Pirates Plunge' and 'Cannonball Falls'. For those who aren't in search of thrills, a tranquil inner tube ride down the 'Lazy River' or a comfy beach chair to catch some rays are also perfect options to while away the time. The park is open seasonally; check the website for opening details and calendar.
Do airplanes amaze your child? Maybe you still harbor a childlike wonder for these powerful crafts. If so, check out this popular summer event. Visitors can tour all types of planes and learn about aviation. Afterward, relax in the shade underneath a parachute tent and watch some breathtaking aerial aerobatics; some performances even come with music accompaniment, fireworks or colored engine smoke. Do not miss the crowd-favorite 69th Battalion, otherwise known as the Blue Angels. It is worth braving Oklahoma's summer heat for this one. Admission is free.
For nearly 40 years, the Speedway has been providing fans with fast-paced racing excitement. And the drivers agree, the State Fair track has cultivated quite a reputation. Constructed of that distinctive Oklahoma red clay, the half-mile track often sees speeds of over 100 miles an hour. Factory stock, modified, pro stock and sprint races are held every Friday night, and several national racing events come to the grandstand throughout the season.
The Will Rogers Park & Garden Center contains the Ed Lycan Conservatory, the Charles E. Sparks Rose Garden, the Margaret Annis Boys Arboretum and the Will Rogers Exhibition Center. The entire park is truly a sight to behold with its lush green fields that cover over 130 acres and tons of botanical wonders spread throughout its trails. Visitors and residents are always here on balmy summer evenings to watch the sunset or to take a leisurely stroll. For more sporty activities, the park also contains a Frisbee-golf course and it is the location for the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.
Stockyards City is a historical part of town that showcases all things Western. When settlers arrived, they used the area as a cattleyard and over the decades it became dotted with packing plants throughout. Today, the cattle market still functions as one of the largest in the world. The packing warehouses are gone, most are replaced with western wear shops and great restaurants, try the popular Cattlemen's Steakhouse, the steaks are outstanding. One of the highlights for guests is the ability to saunter out over a walkway to see the bovines mooing below in the National Stockyards Exchange. If you would like to see a place that played an integral role in the city's history, come down and check out this interesting neighborhood, you might even find that perfect cowboy hat!
City dwellers consider this park to be one of their favorites and it is always bursting at the seams with people. This place has it all, there are playgrounds, picnic tables, soccer and softball fields, a golf course, and a nine-mile jogging and biking trail, it is easy to see why it's so packed. Most afternoons you can see kites or model airplanes flying high overhead and colorful sailboats cruising along Lake Hefner, which is adjacent to the park.
This well-designed public golf course sits on the south side of beautiful Lake Hefner. The obstacles like bunkers and ponds on each of the two 18-hole courses pose challenges that are not too difficult. If you want to practice, there are some par-three holes where you can hone your stroke. You can also practice on the driving range, where the shop provides putt and pitch greens as well as sand trap practice with the wedge.
It is no secret that the summer in OKC can be a very tumultuous experience, from deadly tornadoes to unbearable humidity, everyone here needs a little respite from time-to-time. That is where the Will Rogers Family Aquatic Center comes in, it is part public swimming pool as well as a fun water park. There are areas for both adults and children and the center also provides instructors that can help teach the young ones. Check website for details like seasonal opening times, lessons, swimming camps, etc.
The Myriad Botanical Garden is a green oasis that offers space and serenity within the concrete urban sprawl of Oklahoma City's downtown. The gardens are spread across 17 acres (6.9 hectares), and the horticulturists often offer educational classes and workshops as well as just a place to relax. Upon entering, the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory contains more than 2000 species of plants and in addition to permanent species, the gardens display rotating exhibits such as orchids and more exotic plants throughout the year. The Grand Event Lawn in the outer gardens and the Water Stage on the lake are frequently used for events like concerts, theater and movie screenings year-round. To enter the Crystal Bridge Conservatory, there is an admission fee.
This skatepark named after the phenomenal BMX freestyle rider Mat Hoffman is rated one of the best parks to skate in the country. It has three different areas, each with different skill levels for those on their skateboard, rollerblades and/or on their bikes. The course has an 11-ft. halfpipe, street obstacles and rails and it is entirely 'skate at your own risk' here, so bring a helmet.