It is easy to live in a city or near a big city and not take advantage of the resources so close to you. So if you live in or near the Oklahoma City metro, check out these amazing places! They are kid friendly and fun for the whole family.
Science & Nature Field Trips in Oklahoma City
Museum of Osteology
The Museum of Osteology is the only one of its kind in America and has over 300 skeletons from all over the world on display in its 7,000 square ft. museum. Exhibits include adaptation, locomotion, classification, and diversity of the vertebrate kingdom. It is truly a unique place with lots to see and learn.
This field trip is appropriate for all ages. However, there are only a few hands-on exhibits so younger children may become bored easily. Elementary and middle school-aged children can complete a scavenger hunt to answer questions about various animals and their skeletal structures. The students in our co-op enjoyed finding the answers and learning more about the animals. You can also schedule a class with their education department. They have a variety of affordable classes available that includes plenty of hands-on touching with various skeletons.
Here’s a video from Discover Oklahoma about the Museum of Osteology:
Just Right Alpaca Farm
The Just Right Alpaca Farm is a great place for kids and adults. We learned a lot from Janice, one of the owners, about alpacas, llamas, and camels. If you schedule a tour with Janice, you can even go into the alpaca yard and feed them. She also has a display room where you can purchase alpaca yarn for your next project or a finished project if you do not knit or crochet.
Here’s a video from Discover Oklahoma about Just Right Alpacas:
When you walk onto the Harn Homestead property, you feel as if you are stepping back into time. This original Land Run property is an outdoor museum worth visiting. You can experience a one-room schoolhouse, Victorian home, and territorial farm life. You can take self-guided or guided tours. Call to schedule tours of more than 15 people.
Martin Park Nature Center
Martin Park Nature Center is 144 acres of natural fun! In addition to trails that meander through woods, grasslands, and a creek, you can explore the visitor center which houses many hands-on displays for children.
Sam Noble Museum
The Sam Noble Museum has a variety of permanent exhibits to explore including dinosaurs, habitats of Oklahoma, and Native Americans. There is also a Discovery Room where children can learn through hands-on activities such as collection drawers and a pretend excavation of dinosaur bones. Be sure to check out their traveling exhibits too. We very much enjoyed the John James Audubon exhibit a few months back.
Myriad Botanical Gardens
The Myriad Botanical Gardens is 15 acres in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City and includes a children’s garden, off-leash dog park, splash fountain, and paths to explore vegetation commonly found in Oklahoma. Plus, you can visit the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory and explore the 13,000 square feet of tropical plants. This is a nice escape on a cold winter day! The gardens are free. There is an admission charge to the Crystal Bridge.
In addition, there are classes and events for adults and children. The schedule is available on their website. Or you can schedule a field trip with the education department
Here is a video from Discover Oklahoma about the Myriad Botanical Gardens:
Braum’s Dairy Tour
A tour of Braum’s Dairy is fun and educational. You learn about their dairy farm and processing operations and even get to see one of the production lines in action. An added bonus (at least from a kid’s perspective) is that you can sample some ice cream at the end of the tour. Tours are available in Tuttle, OK and do fill up so make your reservations early.
Here’s a video about Braum’s Factories:
Oklahoma City Zoo
We love visiting the Oklahoma City Zoo! There is so much to see and do that you need multiple trips to see it all. We have even gone just to play at one of the two playgrounds to add some variety to our week.
The Children’s Zoo has hands-on activities such as a petting zoo and feeding the lorikeets. On a hot summer day, it is also a nice way for the kids to cool off in the “waterway,” a splash pad and simulated creek. The variety of animals to see provides something different for every visit and includes a wide variety of habitats.
And be sure to check out the veterinary hospital. They do procedures and exams most days that you can watch from an observation deck. A schedule is usually available on their homepage or Facebook pge. This really is one of the best zoos we have visited.
Science Museum Oklahoma
The Science Museum Oklahoma is full of learning and adventure! The displays change periodically so you never know what new thing will be waiting for you. Ride a Segway, test your strength and skills in the gymnastics and sports area, climb the tree house and slide down the curving slide, learn about weather or earthquakes, try your hand at flying an airplane, play games with larger-than-life playing pieces, or explore the Curiosity area. Regardless of what exhibits you choose, be prepared to spend the whole day or plan to come back again!
Orr Family Farm
The Orr Family Farm is on my list of places to visit. I have heard great things about the farm. Not only can you experience animals and other fall favorites like a corn maze, apple blasting, and hay barrel climbing, you can also mine for gems, jump on a giant jumping pillow, race pedal cars, and ride a vintage carousel.
Join Discover Oklahoma as they experience the gem mining:
Get up close and personal with a six foot tall majestic horse. The Express Clydesdale Barn is a place not to be missed! You will learn about the Clydesdale including their history, care, and travel schedule. If you go during a tour time, you will also be able to pet one of the horses.
Will Rogers Horticulture Gardens
Stroll through the rambling trails of the garden and pond area, learn about cacti and succulents in the Ed Lycan Conservatory, marvel at the variety of roses in the Rose Garden, and learn about trees in the Margaret Annis Boys Arboretum at the Will Rogers Horticulture Gardens. Plus, sign up for one of the educational classes available for adults and children.
History and Art Field Trips in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
We visit the Oklahoma City Museum of Art several times a year when a special exhibit looks especially interesting, such as the quilt and Fabergé egg exhibits. Their permanent collection is a nice sampling of art as well so be sure to allow enough time to stroll through all of the galleries. Of special interest is the Dale Chihuly permanent glass exhibit. His interpretation of three-dimensional glass work is astounding! Once you see it, you will begin to notice Chihuly inspired pieces other places. We have even seen a temporary Chihuly exhibit at the St. Louis Botanical Gardens and a permanent, outdoor exhibit at the Phoenix Botanical Gardens.
Edmond Historical Society and Museum
Learn about the history of Edmond, OK and life in prairie times at the Edmond Historical Society and Museum. But their exhibits are not limited to prairie life. Learn about everything from early prairie life to the present including famous citizens. Explore the well-designed displays or the Children’s Learning Center.
1889 Territorial Schoolhouse
We have visited the 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse on two different field trips with our homeschool co-op. As soon as we leave, the kids are asking when we are going again! This is a well-organized and informative field trip your 6-12-year-old will not want to miss. Experience a typical school day from 1889 or join one of the 1889 Summer Camps.
Oklahoma Territorial Museum
This is also on our list of places to visit. The Oklahoma Territorial Museum documents the creation of the Unassigned Lands, the Land Run of 1889, the homestead experience, and territorial and state government. Tour the museum on a self-guided tour or book one of their special tours for adults and children.
45th Infantry Division Museum
We have not visited this museum yet, but I have heard great things about the 45th Infantry Division Museum. The musuem is a self-guided tour of 27,000 square feet of exhibit space and a 15 acre park. Exhibits to note are the Bill Mauldin cartoon collection, military weapons, 45th Infantry Division activities from World War II to the Korean war, and Thunderbird Park where you can view tanks, artillery, personnel carriers, aircraft, and the Thunderbird Monument. This museum is free to visit, but groups of ten or more need a reservation.
Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum
Do you have a boy enthralled with rescue workers? This might be the museum that earns you the parent of the year award. The Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum has two 1920’s firetrucks, modern firefighting equipment, an old fire station replica, and a collection of more than 7,000 firefighter patches.
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
I cannot say enough good things about the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum! The art collection alone is worth the trip. Through various collections, learn about cowboys, Native Americans, and rodeos. Plus there is a children’s corral with hands-on activities and a replica prairie town. The whole family will enjoy this field trip!
Arcadia Round Barn
The Arcadia Round Barn was an architectural wonder of its day. The original owner, Mr. William H. Odor, was originally told his design for a round barn (to better withstand Oklahoma tornadoes) would never work. He set out to prove them wrong. Not only did he succeed, but it became a regular community gathering place. Today you can visit the barn and learn about its history as well as view a large collection of farm implements and tools of decades past. When we visited, I was able to tell stories to my girls about some of the items I remembered my grandparents using on their farm. We also were blessed by one of the volunteers and his engaging stories.
After you visit the Arcadia Round Barn, stop at Pops on your way home to gas up the car and grab a bite to eat. Take your picture in front of the 66 foot tall pop bottle and try one of their 600 varieties of soda.
Oklahoma History Center
Visit the Oklahoma History Center and learn about the history of Oklahoma from the past to the present including the Native Americans, the steamboat Heroine, Oklahoma military history, and the oil and gas industry. Check their special exhibits and programs as well. Their education department brings in historical actors and other programs that are enjoyable for all ages.
Oklahoma Railway Museum
The Oklahoma Railway Museum is a great place to take boys who love trains. They can view a variety of railroad equipment, motor cars, locomotives, and passenger cars. The display car contains permanent exhibits of railroad memorabilia. Train rides are available for all ages every first and third Saturday of each month, April through August. Be aware that the whole museum is outdoors so dress warmly if the weather is cold.
Oklahoma State Capitol
The Oklahoma State Capitol should be a required field trip for every Oklahoman. The building is beautiful with murals, stained glass, and changing art exhibits. You can take a self-guided tour or take a 45-minute guided tour. Consider scheduling an appointment with your legislators while you are there. They love meeting with their constituents. An interesting fact: the Oklahoma State Capitol is the only capitol in the world surrounded by working oil wells.
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