If you're cruising through Garfield County, Oklahoma on a family road trip, stop in Enid for a number of fun, educational activities for kids and parents. The "Queen Wheat City" offers a variety of family-friendly activities. Whether Enid is your final destination or you’re just passing through, it’s worth spending a couple hours here experiencing all that this vibrant Heartland city has to offer.
Enid is home to Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse (leonardos.org), a hands-on arts and sciences museum that features exotic animals, a kids’ art studio, an Air Force jet, a dinosaur dig, a renaissance marketplace, racing ball tracks, a science center, a space shuttle, a pottery lab and a dress-up area. As if that weren’t enough to keep your kids occupied all day, Adventure Quest, the world’s largest community-built outdoor science playground, features a three-story wooden castle with bridges, slides and swings. For the Thomas the Tank Engine fan in your brood, Enid has the Railroad Museum of Oklahoma (railroadmuseumofoklahoma.org). Founded to preserve and present the history of American railroading, The Railroad Museum offers an authentic rail yard containing a collection of rolling stock, dining car china and silverware, a collection of bells, lights, whistles and lanterns, and even operating HO and N-gauge model railroads.
Arts and Culture
Enid’s Gaslight Theatre (gaslighttheatre.org) caters to the younger patrons of the arts in town. In addition to four regular productions, each season includes a teen show, children’s theater, a summer musical and Shakespeare in the Park, all of which please the 8-and-up crowd. With shows like "Aladdin" and "Robin Hood," this family-friendly venue is a great way to introduce children to the arts. For wannabe cowboys, Enid offers Simpson’s Old Time Museum & Movie Studio (skeletoncreekproductions.com), where many of the most famous westerns were filmed by Skeleton Creek productions. The museum allows you to step back in time into the days of the Old West, offering authentic western replicas, "Hopalong Cassidy" memorabilia and a range of old-time weaponry. You can also tour the old movie set, complete with an 1800s saloon, hotel room and old jail.
Enjoy Enid’s many beautiful parks and picnic areas, which offer activities and sights for the whole family. For a fun family picnic, head to Government Springs (no website; 5th & E. Oklahoma, Enid; 580-234-0400), Enid’s first public park. This beautifully pristine area is built around a lake and includes a garden, picnic pavilions, playgrounds and even cattle drive silhouettes. For the teen crowd, Enid’s Skate Park (no website; 401 W. State, Enid; 580-234-0400) offers top-notch skateboarding and rollerblading equipment. The facility features a hip deck, quarter pipe, hip and bank, and kink rail. If you’re in Enid for the summer months, head to Splash Zone Waterpark (splashzonecoupons.com), which offers a number of twisty, turning water slides, a lazy river, an in-pool volleyball net, a sand court, a toddler pool and a delicious grill serving both snacks and meals.
Sports and Recreation
If your kid is a sports fanatic, take the family to David Allen Memorial Ballpark (davidallenballpark.com). This ballpark is home to the Enid Pastimers, a semi-professional baseball club and member of the Red River League. The historical stadium features a covered grandstand and state-of-the-art sound and lighting, as well as a local baseball museum. Game days are full of family fun and excitement, but you can also stop by any day of the week for the artificial turf practice infield and indoor batting cages. For more sports fun, head to Meadowlake Park (no website; 1200 W. Rupe Ave., Enid; 580-234-0400), one of Enid’s largest parks. Meadowlake is home to Pacers Softball Park, a lighted softball field with bleachers and concessions. The park also features a lake for fishing, a lighted mini-golf course and an exercise trail.
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