How To Have a Staycation in Oklahoma
If you live in or near Oklahoma City and you’re planning your next vacation, look no further than your own hometown. The city is rapidly changing, bringing with it new attractions, restaurants, and experiences. Whether you’ve lived in Oklahoma City for your whole life or just a short while, there is always something new to see—along with plenty of old favorites that are worth a revisit.
A staycation in Oklahoma City means you can sleep in, skip the hassle of getting on a plane, and experience your community through the eyes of a tourist. It’s the perfect way to take a week-long vacation or just enjoy a few days off—no passport or gas station snacks required.
Here are some of our favorite ideas for having a staycation in Oklahoma City:
Go on a Tour of Murals
Your ‘gram will be popping after a day of touring OKC’s coolest murals. Start downtown on Western Avenue, and then hit up the Plaza District, Uptown, and the Paseo Arts District. There are so many colorful wonders to behold. Here’s a map that’ll help you navigate them.
Try Some New Oklahoma City Restaurants
You’ve got your favorite spots in Oklahoma City, so why not mix it up and try something new during your staycation? The city is filled with great restaurants, many of which offer to-go and delivery so you don’t even have to put on real clothes to enjoy them. Some delicious Oklahoma City restaurants include Alfredo’s Mexican Cafe, Bad Brad’s Bar-B-Q, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Hideaway Pizza, and Hunny Bunny Biscuit Co.
Get Outside in the Boathouse District
Go kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding or all three at the Boathouse District, which is the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site for rowing, canoeing, and kayaking. You can cruise the whitewater rapids or take it easy. Afterwards, dry off and check out the SandRidge Sky Trail, an 80-foot vertical adventure course with rope bridges, zip lines, and even a free-fall experience.
Dive Into History
OKC is filled with fascinating museums. Spend a day visiting the ones that interest you. Some popular choices include the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, which was recently renovated and offers the history of the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing along with a tranquil reflection site. There’s also the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, which has artifacts, art, exhibitions on wildlife, and of course, plenty of information about cowboys. Art lover? Stop by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and marvel at the world’s largest public collection of glass artist Dale Chihily.
Get Up Close with Flora and Fauna
There’s no need to book that safari trip on another continent. You can see lions, giraffes, rhinos, and other majestic animals right in Oklahoma City at the Oklahoma City Zoo. The zoo is home to 1,900 animal species, plus special experiences like flamingo and camel encounters.
Another great way to experience nature on your OKC staycation is by wandering the stunning Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. This tropical landscape right in downtown OKC has palm trees, waterfalls, and more than 1,500 orchids. Keep an eye out for butterflies while you’re there. It’s a tropical vacation without the sunburn.
Wondering what’s open in Oklahoma City? Here’s some information on the state of things. Be sure to check with venues before you plan your staycation.