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Summer is the perfect time to explore all of the awesome attractions Oklahoma City has to offer. Check out our list of must-see attractions.
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Top Summer Attractions for Families in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma State Fair
Celebrate the end of summer at the 2015 Oklahoma State Fair from September 17-27.
This year's highlights include Disney on Ice, Xtreme Bulls, City of AGTropolis, the Oklahoma Frontier Experience, Barnyard Birthing Center, thrilling carnival rides, and much more.
Oklahoma's Premier Family Attraction draws roughly one million visitors each year and features an incredible lineup of FREE shows from concerts, to animal attractions, to countless competitions.
Science Museum Oklahoma
Located in Oklahoma City’s Adventure District, Science Museum Oklahoma is the premier place for hands-on fun. Climb the Gadget Tree (which features the nation's tallest indoor spiral slide) for some excellent tree house adventures. Discover the basics behind exploring outer space. Design, test, and adjust your own unique creation in the Tinkering Garage. Get up to your elbows in science with acres of hands-on experiences, thousands of space, aviation and cultural artifacts and new exhibits always on the horizon.
Kids of all ages (and kids at heart) will love delving into all kinds of scientific discovery.
White Water Bay
Splash into Summer at White Water Bay, Oklahoma’s Largest Water Park. The park jumps into the 2015 season May 16th.
This tropical paradise located in Oklahoma City offers relaxing summer fun with its lazy river and children’s pools and shows off its wet and wild side with rides like the largest speed slide in Oklahoma, the 64 ft. Mega Wedgie. For some family fun, leap into the largest family-friendly raft ride in the state: The Big Kahuna or enjoy the 500,000 gallon Wave Pool. In 2013, White Water Bay added two major water attractions; “RipQurl” and “Pipeline Wave”, a double dare that is sure to offers laughs and shrieks.
Oklahoma City Dodgers
The Oklahoma City Dodgers play 72 home games from April to September at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The OKC Dodgers are the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers and compete in the Pacific Coast League.
Enjoy Two-Dollar Thursdays ($2 soft drinks, bottled water, and select 16-ounce domestic beer), Friday Fireworks, Chaparral Energy Family Sundays (including pregame player autographs and postgame kids run the bases), special entertainment and giveaway nights throughout the season!
Tickets range in price from $8-$22. For more information, a complete schedule or to purchase tickets, visit okcdodgers.com or call 405-218-1000. Photo credit: OKC Dodgers.
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
The National Cowboy Western & Heritage Museum is America’s premier institution of Western history, art and culture. Founded in 1955, the museum features a superb collection of classic and contemporary Western art.
The exhibition wing houses a turn-of-the-century town and interactive history galleries that focus on the American cowboy, rodeos, Native American culture, Victorian firearms, frontier military and Western performers. Outside, beautifully landscaped gardens flank the Children’s Cowboy Corral, and interactive children’s space.
Frontier City is Oklahoma's oldest and largest theme park offering over 40 acres of fun for the entire family. A variety of rides are offered for guests of all ages, ranging from kids' rides to the exciting brand new Brain Drain roller coaster (new for 2015).
Other entertainment options at Frontier City include several guest concerts, and a host of daily shows such as the World of Magic, Oklahoma Rising, and the Doc Snookers, Medicine Man Show.
The Oklahoma City Zoo is both a living museum and a botanical garden with world-class habitats. It is home to a diverse animal collection of 1,900 species, over 119 acres. Special attractions include the elephant shows, children's barnyard, endangered species carousel ride, Explorikeet Adventure, sea lion shows, safari boat ride, and much more.
The Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., only closing on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days, with extended summer hours.
Celebration Station offers 3 separate 18 hole Miniature Golf Courses with varying levels of difficulty, known as one of the best in the state. They also have a game room featuring over 100 video and redemption games in their arcade, as well as more outdoor activities such as batting cages, bumper boats, and go karts.
Celebration Station is also a great place for birthday parties and corporate events.
Orr Family Farm
The Orr Family Farm is simply 50 acres of family fun, adventure and relaxation, with something offered for every age group. The Farm is an original, agri-education and agri-tainment experience in the middle of Oklahoma City. Attraction include the historic replica of the famous Jupiter Train, animal barn, hay mountain, farm fun yard, pony rides, zip line and more.
Make sure to visit before July though, as they are closed during July and August to prepare for the Fall Season.
Oklahoma Railway Museum
There’s something for everyone at the Oklahoma Railway Museum! Come see freight cars, passenger cars, and even a real steam engine on display. The museum is open every Thursday, Friday, & Saturday 9:00 to 5:00, with FREE ADMISSION. The trains operate first and third Saturdays – April to August. The museum is located minutes from the Interstate.
The Oklahoma Railway Museum is an outdoor museum and may be closed on occasion due to the weather.
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