10 Things to Do Thanksgiving Weekend!

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If you have family in town or are spending the holiday with just a few close friends or immediate family, you may be looking for things to do around the Thanksgiving holiday!  Check out my list of 10 Things to Do Thanksgiving Weekend!

This is a list of things to do where I am located, in central Oklahoma, but you can adapt it to wherever you are located.

Outdoor Ideas:

Once the turkey has been eaten and football has been watched, it's nice to get out as a family and spend some quality time together.  Thanksgiving weekend doesn't all have to be about the shopping or TV!  Here are a few outdoor ideas to get everyone off the couch. If you're feeling a little more adventurous, check out Globo Surf for more outdoor activities ideas.

Head to Martin Nature Park– Walk the trails and feed the fish and the turtles. (Free)

Visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum (closed Thanksgiving Day).  This is a unique idea if you have family in town who hasn't yet seen the memorial first hand.  Outdoor memorial is free, indoors does require admission (listed below).


Monday to Saturday 9:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm – 6:00pm
The last ticket is sold daily at 5:00 p.m.
The Museum is closed Easter Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Adult $15
Senior (62+) $12
Military $12
Student (6-17 or college student) $12
Children (5 and under) Free

Image via OKC Zoo

Take the family to the Oklahoma City Zoo- One of the best zoos I have been to. $7 admission. Closed Thanksgiving Day but open the following weekend.

Oklahoma Railway Museum Admission is free and it's a fun walk through museum in north Oklahoma City.  It is indoor/outdoor. They are also booking now for the Christmas Train with Santa! If you're interested, jump on this one, since it is already filling up fast. Click here to book.  Cost is $15 for ages 3 and over.

Walk the river and ride on the Bricktown Water Taxi. Pass is $11, and the water Taxi is open Thanksgiving weekend. Hours are 11 am-7 pm, so a nice thing to do before or after dinner.  Note- it's breezy on the river, so be sure to bundle up!  Right now, enjoy the Bricktown Canal Lights!!

Via Myriad Gardens

Take the family to view Holiday Christmas Lights–  This one is fun and often free, depending upon where you're headed.  Some locations offer hot cocoa and snacks, but a frugal tip is to just bring your own bottled waters or stop for drinks ahead of time, and of course bring along some snacks or Christmas cookies!  Note- During popular hours, lines can be long.

In Central Oklahoma:

Via Philbrook Museum of Art

Head to Tulsa- The Philbrook Museum of Art is a gem even your family from Oklahoma may not have visited before! Right now, the Philbrook Festival is live, so enjoy thousands of lights, and special events for the family including a Lego Villiage, Make and take activities, Santa, food and drink, and so much more! Details here.  Admission $15/person.  Schedule varies, most festival events are at 6 pm.

Ideas for Staying In:


Rent a Redbox Movie at have a Movie Night at home!  You don't have to head out to theaters to catch a movie! Make homemade popcorn and rent a movie for everyone, or do separate adults and kids' movies (extra fun for the kids if you have a second TV setup!)

Rustic Christmas Tree Ornaments finished (1 of 1)

Make Christmas Ornaments! This one will keep kids busy and can be done for minimal cost! Grab some craft supplies on your next Hobby Lobby trip and have a craft time at the kitchen table!  These Rustic Christmas Tree Ornaments are a fun family project.

Bake up some fall themed cookies- if you're still hungry after Thanksgiving Dinner that is!  These Caramel Apple Cider Cookies travel well and make a nice treat to take along if you're going to look at Christmas lights or take the family on any winter outing!

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