Editor's Picks: Best places to take out-of-towners

Boathouse District

This month is all about gearing up for guests. Thanksgiving often brings family and friends from out of town and you’ll need ways to entertain them in your neck of the woods. Use this list for inspiration!

Boathouse District

725 S. Lincoln Blvd.


Why we love it: Breathtaking views and stellar attractions make this a wonderful place to take visitors. It’s home to RIVERSPORT Adventures, a grand obstacle course complete with climbling walls, zip lines and an impressive slide, and RIVERSPORT Rapids, the brand new white water rafting center. Buy an adventure pass and climb to the top of the course as a family, or simply visit the area to take advantage of the free playground and the beautiful views of the Oklahoma River and downtown skyline. If you time your visit right, you might just get to see Olympic hopefuls rowing down the river. Find a coupon for an All Access Pass in our Kids Pass at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/kids-pass.

DNA Galleries

1709 N.W. 16th St.


Why we love it: While sophisticated art galleries might feel off-limits for families or groups, DNA Galleries is an accessible destination for everyone. Browse thought-provoking works by local artists in a laid-back setting that doubles as a retail space. Shop artist-designed goods ranging from clothing and accessories to books and home decor. In addition, the shop carries a variety of Oklahoma-themed clothing, making it the perfect stop for souvenir seekers. If you really love your guests, be sure to take them next door to enjoy a slice of homemade pie at Pie Junkie (1711 N.W. 16th St.).

Museum of Osteology

10301 S. Sunnylane Rd.


Why we love it: The metro area is packed with award-winning museums, but your guests will be hard-pressed to find a museum like this one anywhere outside Oklahoma City. The Museum of Osteology is home to more than 300 skeletons and 400 skulls, making it an awe-inspiring destination for out-of-towners. Find a coupon for discounted admission in our Kids Pass at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/kids-pass.

Arcadia Lake

9000 E. Second, Arcadia


Why we love it: If the holiday weather cooperates, Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to get out and explore nature with your company. Arcadia Lake, situated on the scenic Deep Fork River, is a great choice. The trails at the lake traverse 13 miles of beautiful landscape. Close proximity to Oklahoma City and Edmond make it ideal for a quick hike or an afternoon of fishing. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a bald eagle as they start arriving each year in late November. Plus, it never hurts to work off some of the turkey and treats with a walk in the great outdoors.

Tucker’s Onion Burgers

324 N.W. 23rd St., 5740 N. Classen Blvd. Ste. 3, 15001 N. May Ave.


Why we love it: Running all over town to take in the sights and sounds can make a crew hungry. If you want to guide your guests to an authentic Oklahoma experience, take them out for a traditional onion burger. These hamburgers, which feature grilled onions deliciously smashed into seasoned beef, make for a hearty and memory-making meal. 

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