Thank you Visit Oklahoma for hosting a complimentary trip to Modern Mom Life contributor, Staci Salazar with 7onashoestring, in exchange for this post.
Texas and Oklahoma not only share a friendly state rivalry, they also share a common border. Heading straight north on 1-35, you will run directly into Oklahoma. Just across the Red River, you will discover an incredible new set of terrain and activities to explore.
In fact, just a short 2-hour drive past the Red River and you will be deep in the heart of Oklahoma City. This area of central Oklahoma is home to three family-friendly cities with plenty to keep the kids happy on your next road trip north! Here are a few highlights:
Central Oklahoma Family Vacation Ideas
We quickly discovered that Eskimo Joe’s is a prevalent business in the Stillwater area. Not only can you dine on their world famous cheese fries at Eskimo Joe’s restaurant, but you can also eat and bowl at MoJo’s Rock ‘n’ Bowl and pick up souvenir shirts made at Eskimo Joe’s Promotional Products Group.
Visit the National Wrestling Hall of Fame to discover more behind the history of the sport of wrestling. Their mission is to honor the sport of wrestling by preserving its history, recognizing extraordinary individual achievements, and inspiring future generations. Stop and be inspired.
When you’re ready to get outdoors, head to The Botanic Garden at OSU. Walk the trails and stroll through incredible display gardens and a play space for the kids!
Cool off along the peaceful shores of Lake McMurtry. Hidden back in the remote trees of the area, you can even rent a kayak and ride the slow waves of the lake.
Where to Stay
The new Home2 Suites is an all-suite property that gives you more space, multiple sleeping arrangements, free WiFi and free breakfast. Not to mention, they are pet-friendly and have an indoor pool. No worries about not being able to swim due to the weather!
After being on the road, everyone needs to get out and stretch their legs. Head to Brickopolis in Bricktown for plenty of family fun! Enjoy a pizza buffet with the family before playing laser tag or mini golf, jumping on a bungee trampoline, or playing a host of arcade games.
Afterward, take a relaxing water taxi ride through Bricktown to see more of the city, as well as learn more about its history.
For culture, stop by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. The Museum’s collection covers a period of five centuries. Dale Chihuly’s Glass Exhibit was a family favorite!
The kids will love the Oklahoma City Zoo! Their Zoo It All Package not only includes zoo admission, but it give each ticket holder access to all rides and attractions, feedings, and shows! You really can’t beat the value.
Where to Stay
The Embassy Suites OU Medical Downtown is conveniently located near the State Capitol, and has a free shuttle service to Bricktown, Chesapeake Arena and other attractions and sites in a 5-mile radius. Plus, as an all-(two-room)suite hotel, there is plenty of room to accommodate the family. Complimentary WiFi and evening drinks, as well as free made-to-order breakfast each morning make it a fabulous hotel choice.
Norman, Oklahoma is no doubt known for being a college town. Not just any college town though. It is home to The University of Oklahoma. Take a self-guided tour around the campus to get a glimpse of the art pieces, architecture, and ambiance of the school.
Take the family to Andy Alligator’s Water Park for a day of swimming and sliding. Family-owned and operated, the waterpark features more than four acres of aquatic fun for everyone!
Add another element of education to the road trip with a visit to the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. Located on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, the museum features four billion years of Oklahoma history including the world’s largest Apatosaurus and several other dinosaur skeletons.
Hungry? The Mont is known for its queso dip and you will find out why once you try it. They serve a menu that features both American & Mexican dishes. Their kid’s menu also had a variety of choices you don’t see elsewhere and will give the kids something different to eat on the trip.
Where to Stay
Get away from the hotels and sleep comfortably in your own cottage for a night or two. The Montford Inn is quaint bed-and-breakfast set in a traditional clapboard house with additional cottages. Breakfast, cookies, coffee, board games and movies are all made available during your stay. The Montford Inn lets you enjoy all the comforts of home while away.
Which Central Oklahoma city will you visit first?
Staci Salazar is a Blogger, Brand Ambassador and Vlogger who produces family lifestyle content focusing on travel and cars. Together with her husband, Colby, also a full-time blogger, they raise their 5 children in Dallas, Texas and share their life on YouTube at Growing Up on a Shoestring. Please feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org