We are lucky to have family all over the world, particularly the United States, and that takes us to places we never thought of exploring. OKC is one such destination. Through this post, we will highlight all the romantic things to do in Oklahoma City for couples!
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51+ Romantic Things to do in Oklahoma city for couples
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Oklahoma City is the capital of the state of Oklahoma. Home to over 51 state parks and known for cowboy vibes, and oil rigs, our attention to OKC was also fueled by the historical and cultural nuances in the city.
The Riverside area is a beautiful place to hang out with your loved one. That’s just one, but in this guide we will showcase 50 more Oklahoma city attractions for couples to enjoy.
Staycation in Bricktown OKC
Bricktown is a cool neighborhood in OKC, where you will find repurposed warehouses switched to chic restaurants and bars. The vibes here are utterly lovely. And for your accommodation in Oklahoma City, consider staying here, preferably with a suite overlooking the bridge.
Embark on Bricktown Canal tours
You don’t want to miss this. You and your loved one should definitely embark on a canal cruise and enjoy the views. These canal tours are full of historic tales and are also super affordable. Most sightseeing canal tours and Bricktown water taxis are priced at $12 USD and are for an hour.
Pay homage together at the Oklahoma City National Memorial
When in Oklahoma City, you must visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial Site. The beautiful reflecting pool, together with the empty glass and bronze chairs of the Memorial will move your soul.
The Oklahoma City National Memorial, dedicated to the victims of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building is one of the calming places to visit in the city.
The magnitude of the bombing was huge, and it can be felt as you walk through the museum and the memorial. If you have never heard of this incident, you must check out the eyewitness tour or read through museum documents at the centre.
Take couples photos at the Myriad Botanical Gardens
The Myriad Botanical Gardens is one of the stunning locations in OKC for couples photos (or Instagrammable shots in general.) The sprawling space is home to a 17-acre botanical garden and interactive urban park.
The garden’s multiple tiers of greenery make it an amazing backdrop for couples photos and weddings in the city. The gardens are easily accessible and are located in downtown Oklahoma City.
Enjoy a romantic dinner cruise at Bricktown
If you enjoyed the sightseeing water taxi during the day, you will also enjoy a dinner cruise through the heart of the city. We love going on dinner cruises, they are a great way to see and explore a destination at night, under illuminating lights.
Plus a meal is included too!
Walk hand in hand – December Bricktown Canal Lights
If you are in town in December, you must visit Bricktown for Canal Lights. They will surely brighten up your visit. Stroll hand in hand with your loved one and shop festive items to take back home!
Chill out at Downtown OKC’s Deep Deuce District
Deep Deuce District is a chic downtown area in OKC. Historically this neighbourhood was home to jazz music and Agrican-American culture in the 1940s and 1950s. Today you can experience a vibrant nightlife scene and hang out at various cocktail lounges, bars and jazz and blues venues.
Romantic Lighthouse at the Hefner Lake & Park
We love lighthouses and the one at the Hefner Lake & Park is super cute. Not only that, Lake Hefner is also an excellent spot for sailing; and weekend sailboat races are held here from April to October annually.
The 17-mile shoreline here is a bird watcher’s paradise too.
Learn about rodeos at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is home to 28,000 Western and American Indian artworks and artifacts, and it will delightfully showcase the history and evolution of cowboy and American rodeos.
Visit Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA)
We love museums, and you will love to explore Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA). This museum showcases original selections of art, plus temporary exhibitions. The museum is located in the Donald W. Reynolds Visual Arts Center and has a theater and a restaurant on-site.
Enjoy fine dining at the The Hutch on Avondale
Reserve a table for two at The Hutch on Avondale, and enjoy delicious French and local cuisine, with wine!
Book a couples spa package
Indulge in a spa day together at the Sweet Mimosa Day Spa and Massage Therapy or the Three Graces Day Spa. This will be a great addition to your city break in OKC.
Go white water rafting
Get active together. Join Riversport Adventures and go white water rafting. This is a fun activity to bring you two together!
Walk nature trails at the Martin Park Nature Center
Go on moonlight hikes at the Martin Park Nature Center. Or enjoy light strolls/walks through the lovely grasslands of the park.
Picnic at Oklahoma City Zoo
Oklahoma City Zoo is a must visit in OKC when traveling with kids. But adults and couples can have fun too. You can volunteer here together as a team, or picnic near the lake. There are grills and areas to walk and hang out inside the zoo.
The zoo entrance fee helps maintain the space and well-being of the animals.
Bikes and Brews Tour by RideOKC
One of the coolest things to do in Oklahoma City for couples is to embark on a bike tour and sample locally crafted beer at several award winning breweries. This tour highlights Oklahoma’s emerging craft beer scene and showcases their history, art, and architecture in a very unique way!
Visit the Centennial Land Run Monument
Centennial Land Run Monument is a unique (and in our opinion very picturesque) art installation commemorating the Land Run of 1889 in the Unassigned Lands. This was installed by Paul Moore in OKC. Try to capture the monument at dusk, and near the water – it will look amazing!
History fun fact: “The term “Unassigned Lands” was commonly used in the 1880s when people referred to the last parcel of land in the Indian Territory not “assigned” to one of the many Indian tribes that had been removed to the future state of Oklahoma.”
Soak in starry skies at the Science Museum Oklahoma
Want to tell her that you love her to the moon and back. Take her to the Science Museum in Oklahoma City. The Kirkpatrick Planetarium and museum is a great place to cozy up and cover yourself under a blanket (ceiling) of stars!
Go kayaking at the Lake Overholser Boathouse
Head to Lake Overholser Boathouse and rent kayaks to enjoy an afternoon kayaking through the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge.
Spend time at the Harn Homestead
Explore a 1904 Victorian home, and museum that takes you to Oklahoma’s territorial past. Filled with history lessons, this Mr. William Fremont Harn with delight you. This site is also a great photo spot for Insta lovers.
Book an Oklahoma River Cruise
Known for water sports, Oklahoma River is a must visit spot for a date night with live music and mesmerizing views. Oklahoma River cruises is a romantic way to discover Oklahoma city’s iconic and lesser known attractions.
From sunset cruises to private charter and themed services, OKC river cruises has you covered.
Hang out at the Castle Falls
If you are a history nerd and a couple, you will love hanging out at Castle Falls. This is a historic castle, modeled after the original Normandy Castle, and nestled on five acres near the OKC downtown area.
Castle Falls is a popular wedding venue and their restaurant is listed as a Diner’s Choice Award Winner: for the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurant in the U.S.
You will love The Cellar (dining area) which features intimate casual dining. There is also the Grande Hall at Castle Falls – a venue for private, corporate or social events.
Ride the Wheeler Ferris Wheel Park in the evening
The Wheeler Park is home to the historic Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel. For only a $6 USD single ride it is one of the affordable and thrilling date ideas in Oklahoma City. Parking is also free for park visitors.
The park opens in the evening, so this is your perfect spot to take in sunset views over the capital city of Oklahoma. Hang tight and close to your loved one as you soar higher and catch those golden hues!
Enjoy Mexican delights from Food trucks
Enjoy old school romance by eating out at a food truck. There are many options, but we prefer Mexican Tacos. Get them at the Taqueria Sanchez or Big Truck Tacos.
If you are craving beer, head to the Bleu Garten – open-air space with cool from local food trucks, and full-liquor bars.
Enjoy a Drive movie at the Winchester or any of the other 6
When in Oklahoma enjoy a drive-in movie with your date! This is one of the gooey romantic things you can do in the city. Winchester Is the oldest drive-in movie theater in OKC. It is open seasonally and fits about 475 cars. Here are options for 6 more
- Chief Drive-In Theatre. Drive-In Movie Theater.
- Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden.
- Admiral Twin Drive-In
- EL-CO Drive-In
- Beacon Drive in
- Tower Theatre OKC
Unique stay at The Monastery at Forest Lake
Of course, there are hotels to stay in OKC, but if you are looking for a peaceful nice accommodation you will love this hotel option. The Monastery at Forest Lake is a 3 star wonderful stay option in Oklahoma City.
This property is an adults only B&B style accommodation, set amid 14 acres of leafy grounds. It is only a mile from Highway 62, 2 miles from the Oklahoma Railway Museum and 3 miles from Oklahoma City Zoo, so you are close to major attractions and still away inside this quaint beautiful hotel.
Get together at the Scissortail Park
Scissortail Park is a sprawling 70 acre public space. From boat rentals to farmer’s markets and picnics in the garden, you will love to spend some couples time here in the midst of nature.
Go glamping or Sleep in a wagon
Conestoga Wagons & Teepees at Orr Family Farm organizes staycations in teepees, wagons, and other unique places for couples, families, and groups!
More Oklahoma City Date Ideas
Here are some more Oklahoma City date ideas (continue reading to get day trips from OKC ideas to explore more)
- Remington Park: Remington Park is OKC’s only major league horse racing attraction. You two can watch the horse races while enjoying a fine meal in style! Admission is free.
- Automobile Alley: This is a cool neighborhood in Oklahoma City. Filled with brick buildings with vintage neon signs, and car shops dating to the 1920s, this is a chic neighborhood for a date night. There is a winery and many outdoor concerts are also held here.
- Frontier City: Frontier City theme park has over fifty rides, and attractions (including their all-new water element with 198 ways to stay cool).
- Factory Obscura’s Mix-Tape: Mix Tape, but for art lovers
- State Capitol: Go on a guided tour of the Oklahoma State Capitol Building
- Winery: Enjoy handcrafted wines from the Put A Cork In It Winery. This is perfect for a Saturday afternoon date, to indulge in a wine tasting experience.
- Hit the Summit: For adventure lovers, visit the Summit for a date filled with existing climbs and thrills. The location at OKC can get you to 90 feet in height!
- Watch an Oklahoma City Ballet show
- Wander the Downtown OKC’s Underground: Downtown OKC’s Underground is a series of tunnels and skywalks in the core of the city. This tunnel system is 1 mile long and connects buildings and parking garages. Art installations here make for great Insta shots
- Enjoy food and drinks in Farmers Market District
- Eat at the French-American restaurant Picasso Cafe (vegetarian and vegan offerings)
- Musical Show: Book a show at the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
- Photograph or explore the 20th century Victorian home: The Grandison Inn at Maney Park was built in 1904 and it is a fine example of Victorian architecture to check out in the city.
- Guided horseback rides: Experience the great outdoors the Rusty Gables
- Shop until you drop at the Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City
- Festivals and concerts: Visit OKC for festivals and concerts together. There are a ton of summer concert series, and seasonal fall and winter events.
- Will Rogers Gardens: Wander the beautiful Will Rogers Gardens together. Filled with winding paths and flora everywhere including 800 rose bushes to impress your date!
- Bricktown Brewery: Try beers at the Bricktown
5 Cool Day trips from Oklahoma City with your date
After spending time in Oklahoma City, you can explore more of the state by embarking on day trips! Here are our top picks,
- Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge: Located 1.50 hours away is the stunning Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. You can hike with your loved one and enjoy breathtaking views of the Oklahoma landscape. You will also find wildlife including bison, deer, longhorn cattle, and prairie dogs on an open range at the refuge here.
- Enid: Head to Enid, located 1.50 hours away from OKC, to learn about the historic Chisholm Trail and land run. The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is the place to be in. See interesting exhibits from Oklahoma’s past, and experience a living history village.
- Great Salt Plains State Park: Visit Great Salt Plains State Park on a day trip from OKC. Located only 2.50 hours away, here you can dig and find your own hourglass-shaped selenite crystal, super unique just like you and your bond! Only open for digging from April 1 to October 15 each year.
- Chickasaw Cultural Center: This is a fun cultural day trip located 1.50 hours from OKC. Brunch at a Native American cafe, and share an educational/informational experience together at the cultural center.
- Tulsa: Love city vibes, skip the above, and head to another metro city in Oklahoma State – Tulsa. From museums, eateries to unique displays you will be busy for a day (or two) in Tulsa.
Final thoughts about Romantic things to do in Oklahoma city for couples
At the outset you might feel there is nothing in OKC for couples, but if you give it a chance we are sure you will enjoy your time in the city with your loved one. If you two love history and culture, there is so much to explore and bond over and learn together in OKC!
So what are you waiting for, add OKC to your bucket list today!
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