Beat the Heat: OKC Summer Water Activities - 405 Magazine

Beat the Heat: OKC Summer Water Activities

It's time to make waves.

Take a group out for whitewater rafting with Riversport OKC. Photo provided.

We might be a landlocked state, but there is no shortage of fun to be had when it comes to water activities in the metro area. Whether you’re hoping to relax in nature, seeking a date night activity to remember or looking to take on a new water sport skill this summer, there are plenty of OKC summer water activities for everyone! 

For Summer Date Night: Sunset Sails

Enjoy a sunset cruise or day sailing with Sunset Sails — a great choice for romance on the water, date nights, proposals or anniversaries. Relax with your date and watch the sunset aboard a spacious, full-size sailboat on Oklahoma City’s Lake Hefner. Bottled water and soft drinks are provided during your sail, and couples are welcome to bring their own cooler with drinks aboard too.


Take a cruise on the canal with Oklahoma City Bricktown Water Taxi. Photo provided.

For the OKC Newcomer: Bricktown Water Taxi

Check out Bricktown Canal’s Water Taxi for an engaging, historically themed, narrated cruise through the heart of downtown Oklahoma City’s vibrant Bricktown entertainment district. This is an exceptional way for any newcomer to learn about what makes our city special and the best places to check out in the metro, as your captain is there to help answer any questions you might have about the area. 


For the Kiddos: Scissortail Park Splash Pad

Scissortail Sprayground is open daily 9 a.m.-9 p.m. every summer at Scissortail Park in the heart of Oklahoma City, and is perfect for kids ages 3-12. Covering a total of 3,500 square feet, this pad is a fun adventure to keep little ones entertained for hours. Gray fountains and large jets provide an array of fun to any group stopping by to enjoy the installation, say, before a family picnic in the park. 


Ride the waves at Surf OKC. Photo provided by Risersport OKC.

For the Adventurous: Surf OKC

Head over to Surf OKC in the OKC Boathouse District, grab a board and ride the waves. With its trampoline-like surface, this attraction is great for all skill levels — no prior experience needed. You can choose to either take a lesson from the staff or just dive right in and learn along the way. If you’re into wakeboarding, skateboarding or snowboarding, this is a great option to beat the heat this season.


Take a group out for whitewater rafting with Riversport OKC. Photo provided.

For the Thrill Seeker: Riversport OKC Whitewater Rafting

Looking for a bucket-list adventure or a season of excitement? Riversport OKC’s Class II-IV Whitewater Rafting is a great way to embark on an exhilarating adventure, whether you’re a seasoned thrill seeker or a newbie. Your raft guide is there to ensure a fun, safe ride for the best authentic whitewater rafting experience, perfect for cooling off on a summer day. 


For the Family: Hurricane Harbor

Parents can enjoy lounging under shade in a private cabana or floating along the Castaway Creek lazy river, while kids love to tackle the park’s Splashwater Island splashpad or water slides at Paradise Plunge. Restaurant and dining options are sprinkled throughout the harbor for your crew to consume, and the gift shops offer exceptional souvenirs to snag. 


For a Girls Night Out – Oklahoma River Cocktail Cruise

Capture memories over a cocktail and soak in the evening Oklahoma City skyline with an Oklahoma River Cocktail Cruise, recurring weekly on Fridays and Saturdays April through September. Along the way, enjoy unique views of the Boathouse District, the Wheeler Ferris Wheel and perhaps a famous, breathtaking Oklahoma sunset. 


Kayaking on Lake Overholser. Photo provided.

For the Nature Lover – Kayaking at Lake Overholser

Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge near Oklahoma City’s Lake Overholser is full of breathtaking scenery to soak up as you wade through the water. Locals partake in SUP and canoeing in this area as well, if you prefer to bring along a buddy. The OKC Riversport Lake Overholser boathouse is a great place to start your journey, providing kayak rentals and a cafe to fuel up before your day in the sun.

Need more ideas to Beat the Heat in the Oklahoma Summer? Check out our July issue for more inspo.