Exploring Martin Park Nature Center in OKC

The very first park I visited in OKC was Martin Park Nature Center. I took Delta out exploring while Jon was at his job interview. This park was so beautiful, I knew we would be back if he got the job. Obviously, he did and we’ve visited Martin Park Nature Center several times since we’ve lived here. It’s a beautiful oasis in OKC that everyone who lives here should take advantage of! If you’re looking for some other great parks around the OKC metro, check out the OKC Park Crawl!

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The playground itself is beautifully integrated into the surrounding landscape. With a treehouse vibe (complete with a bear cave!) the kids did not want to leave.

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Trails throughout the park are beautiful all year long and are easy enough to hike with little ones. Note that the paths are dirt and it can get very muddy after a good rain or snow melt.

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The Basics

  • Martin Park Nature Center is located at 5000 W. Memorial Rd, Oklahoma City, OK 73142.
  • The park is open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily.

What We Love

  • The playground is small, but well-maintained and it fits in so well with the surrounding area.
  • There is a smaller playground for 2-5 year olds (the only thing it’s missing is a slide) and a bigger playground for 5-12 year olds. Delta (2.5) was perfectly comfortable playing on both.
  • There are so many options for activities at the park beyond just the playground.
  • This is one of the few playgrounds around OKC that’s shaded! Perfect for a summer day!

Pro Tips

  • The playground is right on the water and the last time we visited there were a few posts missing in the fence around it. You’ll want to watch the kids carefully to make sure they don’t go near that area.
  • If you’re hiking with kids, try to encourage them to stay quiet as you hike. There are deer and other animals who live in the park and you might get a chance to see them!
  • There is a large parking lot, but it does fill up on weekends and holidays. With no other area near it to park, you may want to get there early.
  • The playground itself is pretty small. I would recommend visiting outside of peak hours so you have a little elbow room.

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