By Lyndsey Borden, Army Veteran

Many military families create a “Bucket List” of things to do and see each time they PCS to a new location. Tinker Air Force Base sits in the heart of Oklahoma. There are plenty of fun places to visit while your family is stationed here. Some of these great options are within 30 mins to an hour’s ride from the base.

Your Tinker AFB Bucket List

Check out Bricktown

Bricktown is the heart of downtown Oklahoma city. There are restaurants on every corner and plenty of entertainment. The canal features boat rides that you can get on a boat and take a ride around Bricktown.  Cute little carriage rides are ideal for dates out on the town.

Museums for all Ages & Interests

The Science Museum is a great place to spend most of your day with or without kids. There is two levels and has a science art gallery upstairs. The science museum offers shows during the day. If you do have children they have plenty of hands on fun and play areas to explore.

The Osteology Museum is really awesome experience. You get to see the evolution of the human species over the years. There is two floors of bones that you can look at and enjoy knowledge about each item. The museum also offers classes throughout the month an example is owl pellet dissection.

The Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum is primarily for the younger set. If you have littles this is a must visit destination. It is about an hour from Tinker AFB but totally worth it for an all-day adventure. There are many different rooms for the kids to experience and have hands-on fun.

Unique Dining

Pop’s  is the popular soda stop in Arcadia. It is right off of Route 66 and a very popular stop for those traveling. It is about 30 minutes from Tinker. This little dinner has a huge collection of exotic soda options along with locally brewed sodas.


Pro Sports In Oklahoma City

The Thunder is Oklahoma’s only pro sports team and they celebrate the military community with a Military Appreciation Night.  It is an awesome experience! The Oklahoma City Thunder have the fourth-highest all-time NBA regular season win-loss record percentage (.540) among all current NBA teams.

See a Show

The Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma is a great place to check out a play or a musical. They offer shows like ‘Junie B. Jones the Musical’, ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘James and the Giant Peach’.

Worth the Drive

Beaver’s Bend is 3 to 4 hours away from Tinker AFB but if you are into camping, it is worth the drive. It is absolutely beautiful with ample places to camp and fish. There are plenty of hiking spots for beginners or pro hikers. A great place to go trout fishing or you can rent a kayak for the river.  Stop at Grateful Heads for some amazing pizza!

The Chickasaw Cultural Center is a wonderful place to learn about the Chickasaw culture. You  can experience native Indian foods, artwork, dances, and much more.

That is our Tinker AFB Bucket List. Please let us know below if you have suggestions to add to the list. And please consider leaving a review of Tinker base housing or local neighborhoods at 

Lyndsey Borden is a proud Army veteran living in Oklahoma with her husband and two beautiful kids. She currently homeschools her children and enjoys all things outdoors. She is the blogger behind Dearlyndsey and is a freelance writer.