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Perked Up Playdates: 12 Outdoor OKC Playspaces

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Is your go-to playground getting a little stale? Parks and playgrounds offer opportunities for unlimited fun. They’re usually totally free outings and not only do they stimulate the imagination, they offer a place to burn energy and teach kids how to play together.

If you’re looking for new-to-you playgrounds to take your kids or meet up with other families, we’ve got you covered. Here are a dozen awesome Oklahoma City metro playgrounds that are sure to get your kids excited all over again for a trip to the park.

One of the newest parks in the metro, Scissortail Park (655 S Robinson Ave) offers unique play structures, a towering hill with fun views of downtown, a spacious great lawn, walking trails and a lake. During warmer months, families can rent kayaks and paddle boats to explore the waters.

Another new park addition, Ruby Grant Park (4396 N Interstate Dr, Norman) features an inclusive playground with features for all abilities to enjoy as well as multi-use trails, a dog park, disc golf course and lots of open space to enjoy a game of tag or Frisbee.

The ultimate Oklahoma City playdate destination for many years, Myriad Gardens offers families an urban oasis to discover nature. Walking trails, a park pond, the Children’s Garden and fun features like Mo’s Carousel are sure to make for a fun-filled day.

A perfect playdate spot in Yukon is Freedom Trail Playground (2101 S. Holly Ave., Yukon). The play place features a special toddler play area and an entertaining dinosaur dig that’s sure to interest all ages.

On especially hot days, nothing beats the waterfall play area at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2000 Remington Pl.). The zoo offers a few play areas for kids, but their waterfall feature offers an opportunity to take a break and get your feet wet.

Moore’s Veterans Memorial Park (1900 S.E. 4th St., Moore) is a great gathering spot if you’re bored with your standard play place. The entire park is outfitted in a military theme complete with play structures like a fighter jet and Army Jeep. A nearby pavilion is a great place to cool off and enjoy some shade and a lengthy walking trail offers a great opportunity for exercise.

Another great park for all ages is Dolese Youth Park (5105 N.W. 50th) because it’s spacious and offers plenty of activities. In addition to two miles of walking paths, it has a fishing pond and disc golf course.

If you want a playground you know for sure your kids will find thrilling, Wild Horse Park (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang) is a great pick. The frontier theme easily engages imaginations and the inclusive playground ensures everyone gets to enjoy the day.

Looking for a combination of kid-approved playground and nature trails for walking? Head to Pat Murphy Park (4500 W. Hefner Rd.). There’s a fun playground there and it’s located adjacent to Bluff Creek Park (4551 W. Hefner Rd.), where nature trails for walking and running abound.

To get the most out of a single park outing, head out to Edmond’s Whispering Heights Park (Grandview Terrace & Meadow Ln., Edmond) where you’ll find pavilions and a playground adjacent to another great park, Bickham-Rudkin Park (E. 33rd St. & Rankin Terrace). Bickham-Rudkin offers a playground, dog park and a scenic fishing pond.

Reaves Park (E. Constitution St. & S. Jenkins Ave., Norman) is a prime meet-up if you’re planning a picnic playdate. Plenty of shaded picnic tables provide places to eat and there is expansive green space and two separate play areas for entertainment. An elaborate wooden playground keeps kids of all ages entertained.​

Little River Park (700 S.W. 4th St., Moore) is a great place to explore nature and enjoy play at the same time. The park offers a nature walking trail and two ponds as well as two pirate-themed play areas and a large splash pad. ​


Looking for more park options? Check out our guide to metro parks filled with insights on the most popular parks and hidden gems in each metro community. 

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