Explore OK {Myriad Botanical Gardens}

We’ve been spending the last few days in Oklahoma City as a family. Chris travels to OKC weekly for work, but we never tag along. This time around we’ve make the short drive as a family as I worked with Adventure Road to highlight a few great Oklahoma destinations.

If you are born and raised in Oklahoma, you know there is a healthy argument over which is better – Tulsa or OKC. I’m going to stay away from that debate 😉

One of the first places I wanted to take the kids was Myriad Botanical Gardens. Chris and I visited the outside area often while we were in college. As we began the tour inside the Crystal Bridge, I asked Chris if he remembered the last time we were on that bridge together. He didn’t. Boys.

I remember. We were attending the wedding reception of two of our friends. A whole group of us from college went together. Chris and I had just broken up – it was not fun to be at a wedding not as his date. Bleh. Two weeks later we got back together and the rest is history. This visit was much better.

MyriadGardens-01MyriadGardens-02We arrived early, but the temperatures were already rising so we started by touring the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. It is very humid inside, so waiting until later in the day would mean it would be extremely hot. The kids had no idea what to expect. Their reactions to being in “a glass tube” full of tropical plants was priceless.MyriadGardens-03MyriadGardens-04The walkway that runs from end to end up high is my favorite part of the Crystal Bridge. The white, glass, and green make me a bit giddy inside. It is an incredibly beautiful sight.MyriadGardens-05MyriadGardens-06Imagine a wedding reception in here! It was beautiful. It was a December wedding and there were twinkly lights everywhere. Stunning.MyriadGardens-07I like him.MyriadGardens-08MyriadGardens-09The kids thought this view looked like something out of Star Wars.MyriadGardens-11You can tell how huge the Crystal Bridge is in comparison to the people underneath it.MyriadGardens-12The girls participated in a Weekly Walk-up and got to make weather vanes. Each day there is a different activity from 10am-12pm. If you plan a visit, be sure to stop by that area. You can find a schedule of Weekly Walk-ups here.MyriadGardens-13MyriadGardens-15New to Chris and I was the addition of water features. After touring the Crystal Bridge, the kids were hot and ready to cool off in the water. I was a little jealous I wasn’t a kid!MyriadGardens-16MyriadGardens-18MyriadGardens-19

If you are traveling through Oklahoma, this is a great destination for a quick or long stop. As a parent, I recommend it if you are looking for a place for kids to burn a little energy. I would pack or pick up a picnic meal and take advantage of the beautiful location right inside the heart of downtown OKC.

There are also year round activities (movie nights, 5Ks, bike rides. paddle boarding, etc.). You can find details regarding what is offered on the website. My crew hopes to go back for a movie night and a concert on the lawn.

The Botanical Gardens outdoor grounds are free to enter, including the water features and daily activities for kids. The Crystal Bridge has a paid admission.

myriad-gardens-logo-3Outdoor Grounds: 6am-11pm daily

Water features: 10am-8pm daily

Crystal Bridge is open M-Sat: 9am-5pm, Sunday: 11am-5pm.

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  • Susan - Good post! And the shirt Chris is wearing is perfect! That made me smile.

  • anne eicher - I was just looking at your Explore OK posts yesterday! 🙂 We are from Florida and visiting my sister in Oklahoma. We were trying to figure out what to do in OKC… we finally decided on the science museum.

  • AshleyAnn - Anne – I’ll be posting about the Science Museum! We could have stayed ALL day there. All of my kids loved it. You will have such a great time!!

  • Crystal Martinez - Thank you for sharing. I live in OKC, and have yet to take my child to the splash pad area. I’m glad I saw these (directed to this blog via Myriad Gardens FB page) . I’m very excited to make sure I pay a visit asap … Thanks

  • Rikki - Wow, this place looks awesome! I lived near OKC many many years ago, I can’t believe I never knew about this place.

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh my goodness – what a very cool place!

  • Kaylan - I love Chris’s shirt! Any chance you have a link to where you got it? My husband needs one! 😉