There are many nearby attractions to help you extend your 2023 Family Reunion Festival stay in Oklahoma – before or after the main event!

First Americans Museum

The First Americans Museum holds two permanent exhibits, OKLA HOMMA and WINIKO: Life of an Object. OKLA HOMMA tells the stories of all 39 tribes located in Oklahoma today and features works of art, interactive media and film. WINIKO returns objects from the 39 tribes to Oklahoma for the first time in 100 years. Handmade cultural materials reveal Indigenous creative diversity through the present day, and visitors can examine the complex relationship between Native people and museums.

An outdoor feature, 21st Century Mound Builders, is free to explore. This exhibit honors Mound Builder cultures that thrived across North America from about 3,500 BCE to 1751 CE, according to the FAM website. The exploratory walk is two-thirds of a mile around the mound, which rises to a height of 90 feet and serves as a cosmological clock.

First Americans Museum | 659 First Americans Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK | Tickets and more at | Hours: Weekdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weekends 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Tuesdays | Admission: Children under 3 are free; youth are $5; adults are $15; senior, military and students are $10

Myriad Botanical Gardens

Nature enthusiasts will enjoy the Myriad Botanical Gardens. The 15-acre grounds in downtown Oklahoma City offers nature walks, concerts, movies, classes and children’s activities. The newly renovated Crystal Bridge Conservatory is an indoor space with a reflection pool, waterfall, tropical plant collections and overlook terraces. Many outdoor features are free to enjoy.

Myriad Botanical Garden | 301 W. Reno, Oklahoma City | | Hours: Crystal Bridge open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; outdoor space open daily, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. | Admission: $10.50 for adults; $9 for seniors and military/veterans; $7 for students; $5.50 for youth 5-17; children under 4 are free

Shawnee Splash

Cool off from the summer heat by visiting Shawnee Splash Waterpark. Open to all ages, it includes a shallow play area, regulation pool area, spray ground, diving area, climbing wall, slides, basketball goal and concessions. Outside food and drink are not allowed, but picnic space is available outside the fenced area.

Shawnee Splash Water Park | 101 E. Highland Street, inside Shawnee’s Woodland Veterans Park | | 405-273-0700 | Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 7 p.m. | Admission: $6 for children under 48” tall and seniors; $7 for those over 48” tall

Oklahoma City Zoo

The Oklahoma City Zoo has animals from all over the world as well as educational events, a children’s petting zoo, elephant presentation and animal care chats with some of the zoo’s keepers. Other activities, such as carousel rides and animal feeding, are available for additional purchase.

Oklahoma City Zoo | 2101 NE 50th St., Oklahoma City, OK | | Hours: daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Admission: Adults are $16; children and those over 65 are $13; children under 2 are free. Half price for active-duty military, retired members and veterans with valid military ID.

Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art

The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art in Shawnee was founded in 1919 by Father Gregory Gerrer and is one of the state’s oldest museums. During Father Gerrer’s European travels, he acquired Egyptian, Greek and Roman objects, Middle Ages and renaissance art, and cultural artifacts from American Indigenous, African/Oceanic and Eastern peoples.

Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art | 1900 W. MacArthur Street, Shawnee | | 405-878-5300 | Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. | Admission: $5 for adults; $4 for seniors and $3 for youth; children under 5 are free

Downtown Shawnee

Visit Downtown Shawnee to view architecture from the past, such as the historic Santa Fe Depot, and enjoy a variety of entertainment options. The downtown area is pedestrian and cyclist friendly. Shopping is available at antique stores, art galleries and boutiques. Some of the popular dining options include Comma Café, Hamburger King and Theopolis Social Club.

Downtown Shawnee | 2.5 miles north of CPN headquarters |