The vast expanse of the plains of the United States gave way to a lovely area surrounded by wildlife and water. Oklahoma is an underrated part of the country and its capital, Oklahoma City sits in the dead center of the state. With an operational oil rig working until 2021, this state capital also has a plethora of outdoor spaces to host your next party and most of which are free.
Located just north of downtown, this park around a circular lake is perfect for all ages. There are trails for running, biking, and to take in a lovely sunset. You can sail or kitesurf on the lake, play golf at the local muni, and walk out to a lighthouse. There is also a skatepark for the kids.
Address: 11301 N Meridian Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73120
Martin Park Nature Center
Situated close to Lake Hefner but to the north, this nature wonderland attracts visitors for an array of reasons. 140 acres of lush greenery await those who venture north of the city. There are three miles of trails through a wildlife sanctuary and recreational areas. Bring the kids as there is an educational facility where they can learn about the local aviation or enjoy an afternoon picnic.
Address: 5000 W Memorial Rd, Oklahoma City, OK 73142
Right downtown and within walking distance to the Oklahoma River, this quaint park is your best downtown option. No rentals are available due to it being a relatively smaller park. There is a huge playground and you can rent pedal boats and enjoy the view of Bricktown.
Address: 300 SW 7th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73109
This uptown location has a splash pad for the kids in summertime. That is its main attraction although there are basketball and tennis courts along with soccer fields, and a recreation center. Again, it is too small of a location to offer rentals.
Address: 1150 NW 36th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Way south of downtown and not far from the airport is this gem of a spot. 100 acres with all sorts of activity for the family also includes an indoor pool.
Address: 3101 SW 119th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73170
Near capital hill and south of the river is this new housing development that comes with grandiose plans. It has the actual Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel. They offer live music in the warmer months and have free lawn games to play outside!!
Address: Runway Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73109
Straight west of town, down I-40 this lake has all of your aquatic needs covered: kayak, canoe, and stand up paddleboard. Their Route 66 park has an outdoor pavilion that you can rent as well as an amphitheater. North of the lake is a wildlife refuge complete with trails for exploring.
Address: 9901 NW 23rd St, Yukon, OK 73099