When traveling with a teen, stock your itinerary with lots of activity, from thrills to chills. The Oklahoma City downtown area offers lots of activities for teens and their families to tackle. Hit the streets of Bricktown and see how many mural selfies you can take, then learn to whitewater raft before watching the sun set at the ballgame. Don’t forget to feed your teen regularly so National Parks TravelingMom suggests Oklahoma steaks for the meat eaters. Read on for the best things to do in Oklahoma City with teens.
Keep the teens happy by keeping them moving. Walk through downtown Oklahoma City’s Bricktown Entertainment District to explore a botanical garden, find a mural then hop aboard a water taxi. Most teens love thrills so learn how to whitewater raft at The Boathouse District then catch a fly ball at an evening ball game. Got more ideas for the best things to do in Oklahoma City with teens.
9 Best Things to do in Oklahoma City with Teens
- Explore the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
- Reflect at the Oklahoma City Memorial
- Stroll the Myriad Botanical Garden
- Explore the Murals of Bricktown
- Take in a Baseball Game
- Cruise on the Riverwalk
- Tackle Whitewater at The Boathouse District
- Swagger into Stockyards City
- Sample an Onion Burger
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
With a combination of galleries from sculpture, western landscape art and rodeo displays, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum offers something for every visitor. See cowboy boot displays or thousands of pieces of different kinds of barbed wire. Head outside to see the graves of notable rodeo animals.
Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Adult admission is $12.50, teens and students with ID is $9.75, kids from 6 to 12 is $5.75 and free for kids 5 and under. Located at 1700 Northeast 63rd St.
Oklahoma National Memorial and Museum
Visit the tranquil yet haunting memorial of the Oklahoma City bombing that changed the downtown face of Oklahoma City. On the morning of April 19, 1995, a box truck full of fertilizer exploded in front of the Authur P. Murrah Federal Building. In total, 168 people died, including children in the building’s daycare.
The Oklahoma City Memorial is a National Park site. The Outdoor Memorial open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Free
Museum is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Adult admission $15, kids and college students with ID (6+) $12 and kids under 5 are free. Located at NW 6th and Harvey Ave.
Myriad Botanical Garden
Walk through several different ecosystems in the Crystal Bridge, like wet and dry mountain landscapes as well as the tropical oasis. Find parrots and chocolate trees, along with banana trees and orchids.
Outside the Crystal Bridge find more gardens to explore, like a children’s garden with a playscape, live performance stages and water play areas. Walk through native Oklahoma plants or see the lake and stair fountain where ducks swim. The gardens can be enjoyed at night with lots of decorative lighting.
Free for outdoor gardens and hours are 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Adult admission for Crystal Bridge is $8, teens and students with ID $7 and kids 4 to 12 are $5 with kids 3 and under free. Located at 301 Reno Ave.
Oklahoma City Murals
Art museums aren’t the only place to see art, hunt for a fab mural in downtown Oklahoma City. Find Cultivation on the walls of the train underpass on Reno Ave. Head to Oklahoma City’s Plaza District for even more murals.
Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
From April until the end of September, the Oklahoma City Dodgers, a Triple-A affiliate of the LA Dodgers, swing into the Bricktown Entertainment District. Along with games, find the bronze statues of notable Oklahoma players around the ballpark. Like legend, Mickey Mantle, Hall of Famer Johnny Bench and Warren Spahn, a leftie, located at each entrance.
Located at 2 Mickey Mantle Dr. Tickets range from $8 to $26 with games in the afternoons and evenings.
The Bricktown Canal
The most charming feature in the Bricktown Entertainment District in Oklahoma City is its canal. Reminiscent of San Antonio’s Riverwalk, hop onboard the Bricktown Water Taxi for a 40-minute ride. The boat captains share the best of Oklahoma City too.
Ticket booth is located at 111 S. Mickey Mantle Dr., across from the ballpark. Open Monday through Thursday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Adult admission is $11, kid admission (6 to 12) is $8.50 and kids 5 and under get onboard for $3.50. Tickets good all day.
The Boathouse District
Tame a teen by tackling a new skill, like whitewater rafting. In a man-made course, teens can navigate rapids and drops in Class 3 rapids (or class 4 rapids if over 16). Along with whitewater rafting and tubing, find an adventure course and pump track (BMX riders).
Located at 725 S. Lincoln Blvd. Open daily from Memorial Day until mid-August from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. A riversport pass for $49 a day required.
Don’t forget the Mother Road, fabled Route 66 runs through OKC. Find a throwback spot to snap a selfie. Head to the Milk Bottle Grocery on 2426 N. Classen Blvd. (part of Route 66) built in the 1930s and the milk bottle was added in 1948.
Where to Eat in Oklahoma City
I ate beef from the point I crossed the Oklahoma border until I took off from the airport. Oklahoma is cattle country where you can catch a still see weekly cattle auction at the Stockyards. So if you’re in the mood for a great steak, order one at every meal. I did.
Tucker’s Onion Burgers
Sample an Oklahoma original, the onion burger. I found one at Tucker’s Onion Burgers, conveniently located in the Will Rogers World Airport (Oklahoma City’s airport).
Back in the Depression, grill cooks needed to stretch the ground beef so they added sliced onions to the patties then threw it on the flat top. A legend was born. Though the burgers can be cooked without the onions for kids who hate them.
Find another Tucker’s location at 324 NW 23rd St.
When I walked into Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, I thought I would see John Wayne sitting at a table.
Since it had been a few hours since my last steak, I ordered a small filet for lunch. Paired with a baked potatoe with all the sides, it was the most tender steak I’ve cut into for a while. Tender, pink perfection–I ordered mine medium rare. Sample the house-made rolls and even the salad dressing on the side salad is a signature item.
Open for breakfast, where diners order steak and eggs with a choice of several breakfast-sized steaks. Pancakes and omelettes are also available and don’t forget a cup of coffee in the Cattelemen’s mug.
Open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 6 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday. Located at 1309 S. Agnew in the center of the historic stockyards city in Oklahoma City.
Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse
Located across the street from the Chickasaw Brickyard Ballpark, visit Oklahoma native’s Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse. A fine-dining restaurant features the largest selection of wagyu beef in Oklahoma City. Along with steaks, find an extensive wine list along with seafood selections, like my favorite the Chef’s Seafood Appetizer, a sampler of the seafood offerings. Vegetarian and vegan items also available.
Located at #7 Mickey Mantle Dr., across from the ballpark. Open for dinner only, Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where to Stay in Oklahoma City
I recommend a couple of places in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown, one for couple’s or one for families.
If you’re visiting on a couple’s weekend or girlfriend’s getaway, then the AC Hotel Oklahoma City Bricktown by Marriott is your place. With European influences, a lobby happy hour and sleek interiors, forget the clutter that kids bring to your life. And teens will like it’s sleek interiors though it doesn’t have a pool.
For families with smaller children, then I recommend the family-friendly Hampton Inn and Suites Oklahoma City Bricktown. Along with its complimentary hot breakfast and Wi-Fi, kids love its indoor poolscape with lots of splashing space.
Tips for a TravelingMom
- Ride share works great to explore Oklahoma City’s downtown area.