Planning a visit to Oklahoma City? Oklahoma’s capital city is a budget-friendly family travel destination in the Heartland which offers many fun or educational activities that are absolutely free. Check out this list of must-do free activities for all ages for your next visit to Oklahoma City.
11 Free Things To Do In Oklahoma City
- The Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum
- National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
- Oklahoma Railway Museum
- Oklahoma City Museum of Art
- Martin Park Nature Center
- Oklahoma City Zoo
- Oklahoma Governor’s Mansion
- 45th Infantry Division Museum
- Route 66
- Oklahoma City National Memorial
Oklahoma may not be the first destination that pops to mind when planning a family vacation. However, this beautiful and history-rich state is a surprising hidden gem for family vacations. As a family on a debt free journey, we love that Oklahoma is also a budget-friendly place to explore. And I always find something new, even though I lived there for four years.
Free Things to Do In Oklahoma City for Toddlers & Kids
1. The Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum
2. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
What kid hasn’t dreamed of being or pretended to be a cowboy at least once? Dreams come true for kids at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, where parents will find an educational free outing for the whole family.
Best of all, it’s totally free on the first Saturday of each month as the museum features a program called Saturdays for Kids. The program allows kids to experience the exhibits and history of the American West hands on.
3. Oklahoma Railway Museum
Trains have been capturing the imaginations of kids for generations. Admission to the Oklahoma Railway Museum is free and it is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. There is an additional cost for train tickets; trains run the first and third Saturdays April through August.
4. Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Featuring vibrant contemporary art, stunning Chihuly glass pieces, Ansel Adams works and rotating exhibits in their art galleries, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art in the City’s arts district is absolutely free on select Sundays in the spring and fall.
5. Martin Park Nature Center
Oklahoma City is rich in natural beauty and a great place to get outside. Martin Park Nature Center is the perfect place for families to do just that. Free to the public, Martin Park Nature Center offers 2.5 miles of trails, a visitor center with animals, a nature center and a nature-themed playground and outdoor recreation.
6. Oklahoma City Zoo
For more fun for animal lovers, Oklahoma City Zoo offers free admission on sales tax appreciation day. Check their website for details.
Free Things to Do In Oklahoma City with Tweens and Teens
7. Tour the Oklahoma Governor’s Mansion
Bricktown is a great place to take teens and tweens on a visit to Oklahoma City. It’s a district of lively restaurants, shops and entertainment venues with live music.
It has a cool industrial vibe with the repurposed warehouses. A waterway runs through the district and water taxis take you to your destination. These cost but the atmosphere is absolutely free. Check for special events.
9. 45th Infantry Division Museum
Take your tweens or teens to experience the history they will be learning about in class at the 45th Infantry Division Museum. The museum is one of the largest military museums in the country and offers indoor exhibits like World War II artifacts and firearms. Outside you’ll find air crafts, tanks, and more. Check the museum’s website for days and times. The museum is free but does accept donations.
10. Route 66
Oklahoma offers the largest driveable stretch of historic Route 66 with over 400 miles of the Mother Road. If you’re visiting Oklahoma City with teens this is a great opportunity to let them drive the road that built America.
Route 66 is full of quirky and historic places to visit, including The Milk Bottle Building. Built in 1930, this store features a can’t miss large milk bottle on top. The store is on Classen Boulevard, which is part of the original Route 66. Drive historic Route 66 and go for Oklahoma’s famous Bruam’s ice cream.
11. Oklahoma City National Memorial
The website for the Oklahoma City National Memorial says it best: “We come here to remember those who were killed, those who survived, and those changed forever. May all who leave here know the impact of violence. May this memorial offer comfort, strength, peace, hope, and serenity.”
The Oklahoma City National Memorial offers a beautiful place to learn and reflect on the impact of that day for teens and tweens who may not have even been born when the bombing happened. The Memorial grounds are free to visit.
Fill Your Itinerary with Free Things to Do In Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City is filled with completely free things from museums, to parks, to historical sites for families. Add a few (or all!) of these to your OKC itinerary for a budget-friendly family vacation.