Spend a weekend covering some ground in the heart of the Sooner State: Oklahoma City. The capital of Oklahoma, OKC is a modern metropolis with an authentic frontier past. While shiny skyscrapers rule the horizon, walkable green spaces and waterways can be found below. Thanks to miles of recreational paths, gardens, and nearby lakes, this three-day itinerary is bursting with ideas for an active weekend in Oklahoma City.
This story was created in partnership with Travel Oklahoma.
Day 1: Enjoy Miles of Trails and a Pint of Craft Beer
Morning: On your first day in Oklahoma City, get a lay of the land. Chances are you’ll be ready to stretch your legs and breathe some fresh air after road tripping along Route 66 or flying into Will Rogers Airport! Pick up a bike rental and choose an urban trail to explore.
The northern pathway on the Oklahoma River Trail System takes you through the boathouse district and leads to the colorful and lively Bricktown, where nightlife and shopping abound. Visitors looking for more peace and quiet can surround themselves with natural scenery on the Will Rogers Trail. You’ll roll by Lake Hefner and the Oklahoma River, and pedal through the historic grounds of the Will Rogers Gardens.
Afternoon: After logging some miles, get acquainted with Oklahoma City’s well-established art scene. The impressive collections at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art will have you craning your neck to take in towering Chihuly glass sculptures and more.
All that exercise and artwork might just leave you parched! That evening, indulge in Oklahoma City’s booming craft beer scene and diverse foodie offering. (You can even board the OKC Brew Tour bus!) Once you’ve had your fill, check into your room at one of OKC’s comfortable accommodation options. Adventurous travelers might choose to stay in the one-of-a-kind Wang Shi China Palace, a unique bed and breakfast that transports you to another world.
Day 2: Experience Oklahoma Lake Life, Gardens, and Route 66
Morning: Fuel up for day two exploring Oklahoma City with the best brunch this side of the Mississippi. Whether you crave crepes, french toast, or Guatemalan fare, OKC delights early morning taste buds!
Then, either spend the morning at Lake Thunderbird State Park or the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Lake Thunderbird offers fishing, boating, bird watching, and more, and is a great option for a laid-back day at the lake. Alternatively, Myriad Botanical Gardens is a must-see oasis in the city. With 17 acres of lush vegetation, it also boasts several water features–including a faux thunderstorm–that are especially fun for children on a hot summer’s day.
Afternoon: That afternoon, if your trip coincides with one of the many year-round festivals in Oklahoma City, immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the city by attending. Otherwise, consider experiencing Route 66 with Oklahoma Backroads Motorcycle Tours. Each of these guided trips is fully customizable and highlights hidden gems that tourists don’t typically stumble upon.
Dig in to dinner at one of OKC’s restaurants. From Southern comfort food to woodfired pizza and far beyond, you’ll be surprised at how much flavor the city serves up.
Day 3: Go Kiteboarding and Boating, or Sightsee the Day Away
Morning: The action doesn’t stop on day three! Depending on weather conditions, today you can enroll yourself in Nate’s Kiteboarding University and spend the morning sailing across Lake Hefner. Located within city limits, this could be the most unexpected kiteboarding destination in the Lower 48. Otherwise, head to Riversport Adventure Park at Lake Overholser for a morning of full-throttle water sport fun.
Of course, we wouldn’t blame you for simply wandering the newly completed Scissortail Park this morning with a cup of locally brewed coffee in hand. This 70-acre greenspace offers beautiful views of the city, including the photogenic 50-story Devon Tower, and is a nice place to find quiet reflection.
Afternoon: Grab lunch at Pops 66, an iconic OKC spot. Part restaurant, part art installation, Pops stocks over 650 different kinds of soda to pair with your Oklahoma Burger. Go ahead, you deserve it.
Before departing for home, don’t miss one of Oklahoma City’s finest museums: the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. This homage to Oklahoma’s proud western heritage is a classic choice to round out your stay in the Sooner City before heading home.