From spectacular amusement parks to educational, interactive museums to exotic animal parks, Oklahoma offers a wide variety of family activities and adventures throughout the state. If you are looking for something to do with your kids, check out some of these top attractions.
Jasmine Moran Children's Museum
Located in Seminole, Oklahoma, this children's museum is based on the theme of a child-size town and offers a wide variety of interactive displays and hands-on activities for kids of all ages. One of the most popular parts of the museum features a unique opportunity for kids to dress up and pretend to be everything from a news anchor to a judge to a supermarket cashier. Other displays teach kids about everything from kinetic energy to the importance of bicycle safety. Kids can get active in a 16-foot climbing maze with 15,000 connecting nooks. The museum is set on beautiful grounds, so you'll find plenty to do outdoors as well. Take a ride on the train, explore the outdoor castle maze or feed the ducks.
Location: 1714 W. Wrangler Blvd., Seminole, Oklahoma, 74868
Rates: Adults: $8; Kids (ages 3 to 12): $8; Seniors: $7; Kids 2 and under: free.
Science Museum Oklahoma
If you are looking for a place for families to learn and have fun, Science Museum Oklahoma is the answer. Located in Oklahoma City, this hands-on museum features numerous science exhibits and displays, as well as several galleries, a planetarium and a state-of-the-art theater. It's the perfect spot to take your kids this summer to allow them to explore and learn. Also consider their "Bright Nights!" program where families bring sleeping bags and spend the night at the museum.
Location: 2100 NE 52nd St., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73111
Rates: Adults: $16; Kids (ages 4 to 12): $13; Kids 2 and under: free. These rates are for the exhibits, dome theater and planetarium. You can also purchase the museum exhibits only or the dome theater only at lower rates.
Big Splash Water Park
Beat the heat this summer by taking your whole family to Big Splash Water Park in Tulsa. Whether you like the action and adventure of tube rides and water slides or just want to float along the lazy river, they have it all. Families like to soak up the rays and experience the waves at the park's wave pool. If you have little ones, they'll be safe and have fun in the shallow pool with mini slides and spraying water. Head to Big Splash on Sundays for Family Day. Admission is discounted to just $17 per person.
Location: 4707 E. 21st St., Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74159
Rates: 48 inches and up: $24; 47 inches & under: $20. Tube rental is $7 and parking is free.
Frontier City Amusement Park
Take a step back in time to the Wild West at Frontier City in Oklahoma City. This theme park features spectacular rollercoasters and other thrill rides, as well as concerts, food, water rides and more. Even if you don't love the action of the thrill rides, you'll enjoy the many shows that take place at the park, including a gunfighter stunt show, magic shows and other music and dance performances. If you have little ones, they'll enjoy the O.K. Kids Corral area as well as the bumper boats, Ferris wheel and train ride.
Location: 11501 NE Expressway, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73131
Rates: 48 inches and up: $27; 47 inches and under: $23; kids 2 and under are free.
More than just a zoo, Arbuckle Wilderness is an exotic animal theme park. Set on over 400 acres in Davis, Oklahoma, this popular family attraction features a six-mile drive-through safari and a walk-through zoo. Additionally, they have an amusement area with go-karts, bumper boats and other kiddie rides. The best part of Arbuckle Wilderness is being able to feed the animals. If you are having a birthday party or other family outing, this place is perfect for large groups. They can organize a hayride and cookout, as well as other activities for your family and friends.
Location: 6132 Kay Starr Trail, Davis, Oklahoma, 73030
Rates: Adults: $17; Kids (ages 4 to 11): $15; Seniors: $16; Kids 3 and under: free.