Who said vacation has to be expensive? For all of those budget vacationers, Oklahoma City is the place to go where you can explore new things, save a bit of money, and bring the whole family, too. Check out some of the cool free things you can do on your next trip to OKC.
Myriad Botanical Garden
Talk about the jackpot of freebies. The Myriad Botanical Garden covers 15 acres in the middle of the Downtown District and is free and open to the public. There is a section that requires paid tickets, the Crystal Sky Bridge, but the rest of the garden is open for you to explore.
You can find jogging paths, dog parks, playgrounds, and over 750 different species of plant life. Check the garden’s events page, as they often offer free events like movies on the lawn and children’s book readings.
Visit Plaza District
Packed with small local shops, the Plaza District is a great place to wander and get lost. Antique stores, retail shops, and handmade goods vendors are all things you can expect to see in this district. For a full list of all of the weird little shops you can pop into, check out the plaza’s directory to plan out your visit. There’s also free events here all the time such as LIVE on the Plaza, which is art-focused featuring live music and local artists.
Free Meals at Accommodations
If you’re on the lookout for free stuff, make sure to check to see what free accommodations you can use. Lots of Oklahoma City hotels, like those available through Hotel Planner, offer their guests free breakfast and free WiFi, all you have to do is ask. Oftentimes an overlooked aspect of any hotel you’re staying at, are the people behind the desk. They know the city and have experience in recommending things to do, so ask for some budget-friendly options.
The 45th Infantry Division Museum
This museum aims to educate visitors on the military history of the state of Oklahoma. The 45th Infantry Division Museum is spread across 15 acres and has over 25,000 feet of exhibit space including exhibits from World War II and the Korean War.
This museum also boasts one of the nation’s largest collections with some of the exhibits dating back to the American Revolutionary War. Visiting this history-rich museum is free to visitors and gives you a peek into the history of our armed services.
Originally known as the North Canadian River, the Oklahoma River underwent construction and was rejuvenated in 2004. Now stretching about seven miles, the Oklahoma River provides visitors with a few things to do for free. Trails span the entire river on both sides and are open to walkers, skaters, and bikers.
The river is also home to the Boathouse District, a popular destination for water-sport athletes, especially those who are training for the Olympics. Here, you can visit and tour the Devon Boathouse, which is headquarters for the OKC Rowing team.
You’ll be surprised at how much there is to do for free around OKC. From museums and live music to trails and gardens, you’re bound to find something fun to do. All it takes is a little research and planning.