Oklahoma City with Teens: A Perfect Family Day

Oklahoma City with Teens: A Family Vacation


Oklahoma City, Okla., provides a lot of excitement for teens, while adding educational experiences important to parents. Here's a great itinerary that will leave everyone with terrific memories of this vibrant Midwestern city.


Start off with a good breakfast at the Park Avenue Grill in the Skirvin Hotel. Not only can you get some great food in a wonderful atmosphere, but you can also let your kids know the legend of the Skirvin Hotel, which has reportedly been haunted by a ghost named Effie since the 1930s. Keep your eye out for her as you explore the large breakfast buffet, served daily. The Skirvin Hotel is located at One Park Avenue in downtown Oklahoma City. It opens at 6:30AM CT daily. For more information, call 405-702-8444 or visit their website at http://www.parkavegrill.com/.

After breakfast, you and the teens can head towards the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, the location honoring everyone who died in the 1995 Oklahoma City terrorist attacks. There is an outdoor symbolic memorial dedicated to the 168 people who died that fateful day. In this area is a reflecting pool, a field of 168 empty chairs, a survivor wall with more than 600 names on it and a play area for children.
    The museum guides you through a tour of the story of April 19, 1995. The first section of the museum discusses the background of terrorism that lead up to the Oklahoma City bombing. The second section deals with the history of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The next section deals with the bombing itself and includes the only known audio of the explosion.

    The museum moves on to the aftermath of the devastation, including interactive computer stations looking at the survivors of the day. Next up is the world's reaction and the rescue efforts, followed by excerpts from the funerals and mourning. The museum ends with a look at the impact, investigation and rebuilding of the community following the tragedy.

    The memorial is located at 620 North Harvey Avenue. The outdoor memorial is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Rangers are available for questions from 9AM to 5:30PM CT. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9AM to 6PM CT and Sunday from 1PM to 6PM. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. Children under 5 get in free. For more information, call 405-235-3313 or visit their website at http://www.oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org.


    After a morning of educational experiences, it is time for some water park fun. White Water Bay is the largest water park in Oklahoma and offers slides, rides and family fun areas.

    The water park features six slides including the 277-foot long speed slide "Mega-Wedgie" and the free fall "Acapulco Cliff Dive." The park also features four family attractions and pools including the Big Kahuna tube ride and Ship Wreck Island for the little kids. White Water also has beach parties through the summer and Dive In Movies on Friday nights.

    White Water Bay is located off I-40 at the Meridian Avenue exit. Tickets are $32.99 for adults, but discounts are available when purchased online. The park is open most days at 10:30AM CT and closes at either 7:00PM. or 8:00PM CT on weekends, depending on the time of year. For more information, call 405-943-9687 or visit the website at http://www.whitewaterbay.com.

    Next, head out towards Frontier City Amusement Park. That's the testing ground for Six Flags over Texas. Frontier City includes a number of thrill rides, including the classic Silver Bullet roller coaster and the Diamond Back, that takes you through a huge loop and then sends you back through, once again, but in reverse. There are also a large number of family rides, video games, kid's rides, carnival games and two great water rides, the Mystery River Log Flume and the Renegade Rapids.

    The amusement park has a working agreement with White Water Bay. Joint season tickets to both White Water Bay and Frontier City can be purchased for $79.99, while single day visits to Frontier City are $36.99 for adults. Children under three get in free. Check the internet for special deals before you go. Frontier City is located at 11501 NE Expressway off I-35, between Hefner Road and northeast 122nd Street. The park hours vary depending on the time of year. For more information, call 405-478-2140 or visit their website at http://www.frontiercity.com.


    Finish the evening off with a relaxing visit to Bricktown in downtown Oklahoma City. Take your teens to dinner at Coach's Restaurant overlooking the Bricktown Ballpark, home of the Oklahoma City Redhawks minor league baseball team. The teens will find burgers, pizzas, chicken fried steak and other fare, all in a sports-themed setting. The restaurant is located at 20 Mickey Mantle Drive and you can get more information at (405) 232-6224 or visit their website to view the menu at http://www.coachsrestaurants.com.

    Following dinner, catch a movie at Harkins Bricktown Cinema 16 or bowl a few games at the RedPin Bowling Lounge. Both locations are across the walkway from each other, off the 200 block of East Reno in Bricktown. For movie show times, call 405-231-4747 or visit their website at www.harkinstheatres.com. For more information about RedPin lanes, call 405-702-8880 or visit their website at http://www.bowlredpin.com.

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