Category: Travel | Issue: September 2020
Destination Oklahoma! 30+ Things to do During Your Summer Vacation. Summertime is here and Oklahoma has so many new and wonderful places to visit. There are many more fun and interesting attractions. Below are a few ideas to get you started in planning a fun and intriguing getaway! Arcadia 1. Pops - Choose from more than 700 signature sodas or indulge in hand-dipped ice cream milkshakes at this landmark. Ardmore 2. Lake Murray State Park Trail System - Located within Oklahoma’s largest state park, the trail system offers 10 miles of trails perfect for novice hikers and mountain bikers. Bartlesville 3. Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve - This establishment serves as a working ranch, museum and wildlife preserve. Broken Bow 4. Beavers Bend State Park - The serene beauty and endless activities found in Beavers Bend State Park Hochatown Area have turned southeastern Oklahoma into a vacation hotspot. Guests can choose a log cabin along the river, a lodge room with stunning views of Broken Bow Lake or a spacious campsite with all the amenities. Catoosa 5. The Blue Whale - If you have never seen the giant Blue Whale off Route 66. Fish, have a picnic or take the opportunity for a photo-op at this unique roadside attraction. Chandler 6. Route 66 Interpretive Center - This museum takes visitors on a “drive” through 1920s Oklahoma to the present day through videos, pictures and memorabilia. Claremore 7. Belvidere Mansion - This historic museum features a gift shop and a tea room while providing a scenic view of the City of Claremore. 8. J.M. Davis Museum - The largest private gun collection in the world and a whole lot more! 9. Will Rogers Museum - Visit the memorial of one of the most iconic Oklahomans around. Davis 10. Turner Falls Park - Swim, have a picnic, explore caves, hike camp and more in the heart of the Arbuckle Mountains! Enid 11. Leonardo's Children's Museum - This interactive learning experience is one of Oklahoma’s most well know children’s museums. 12. Meadowlake Park - Bike, fish or channel your inner kid on the Ferris wheel, miniature golf course and carousel. 13. Simpson's Old Time Museum & Movie Studio - Take a tour of the movie set, which comes complete with an 1800s saloon, hotel room and old jail. Freedom 14. Alabaster Caverns State Park - Visitors can see the largest gypsum cave in the world that’s open for touring. Those who want to focus on photography can inquire about a photo tour. Grove 15. Lendonwood Gardens - Springtime is the ideal season to visit Lendonwood Gardens with eight acres filled with more than 1,500 plant species. Hugo 16. Endangered Ark Foundation - This foundation is home to the second largest herd of Asian elephants in America. Tours are available with advance reservation. Jenks 17. Oklahoma Aquarium - At the Oklahoma Aquarium, you’ll explore more than 200 marine and aquatic animal exhibits. Jet 18. Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge - Salt Plains is an excellent destination for the bird watcher, wildlife watcher, hunter, fisherman or gem seeker. Lawton 19. Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge - Stay camera ready in this 59,000-acre area. The scenery is stunning, and you might run across fields of wildflowers, bison and longhorn moseying across the road or prairie dogs popping their heads up. Mangum 20. Old Greer County Museum & Hall of Fame - The Old Greer County Museum is housed in a 1908 hospital building featuring over 60 rooms. Miami 21. Coleman Theater - Attend a ballet, take in the opera or enjoy a western act at this historic theater. 22. Clanton's Cafe - The oldest continually family-owned restaurant on Route 66, Clanton’s has been feeding hungry travelers since 1927. Oklahoma City 23. Martin Park Nature Center - Take a hike, go camping or book a cabin at Robbers Cave State Park for an extended stay in the great outdoors. 24. Museum of Osteology - Displaying nearly 300 skeletons and 400 skulls from across the globe. 25. OKC National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum - Liichokoshkomo’ (Let’s Play!) A place to learn and play in the Museum’s backyard Liichokoshkomo’ is more than 100,000 square feet dedicated to learning and family fun. Engaging activities and learning by doing bring history to life for museum guests of all ages, with emphasis on purposeful play. While the hands-on activities will have to wait for a later date, there’s still plenty of minds-on fun to experience right now. STEAM activities, guided learning and expert-led classes give families a different way to experience history and culture. Hands-on and special event activities will include: Plot constellations Grind corn Add to a weaving on a giant loom Load a pioneer wagon to hypothesize your journey West Dodge a geyser Learn from science experiments Hear from cross-cultural storytellers 26. Remington Park - Get your heartbeat racing at the quarter-horse racing capitol of the world. 27. Robbers Cave State Park - Located in the Sans Bois Mountains, this state park offers a scenic location to ride horses, hike, fish, camp, and more. Ponca City 28. E.W. Marland Mansion & Estate - The Marland story is fascinating and his home is an architectural wonder. 43,561 square feet Mediterranean Revival-style mansion was designed and constructed as a showplace for pieces of fine art and in the process; it became a masterpiece in its own right. You’ll learn about the Marland family, the industry that made it all possible, and the “oil boom-town” that was raised from it all, Ponca City, Oklahoma. Sulphur 29. Echo Canyon Spa Resort - This beautiful resort is perfect for a romantic getaway or weekend with friends. Lavishly appointed rooms and an award-winning spa will leave visitors feeling pampered. The resort’s Baron of Beef restaurant features a sumptuous, multi-course meal with steak, duck and fresh seafood that’s cooked to perfection. Tahlequah 30. Tahlequah River - Float the Illinois River as a family or make it a friend-filled trip! Tulsa 31. Escape Tulsa - Test your problem-solving skills at Tulsa’s live escape game. 32. Flying Tee - Visit Tulsa’s premier golf, dining, and entertainment venue. 33. The Gathering Place - Tulsa’s 66-acre, $400-million palace of a park features imaginative play areas, kid-friendly water features, sports courts, a boathouse and skate, and bike park. This world-renown park kingdom provides a place for visitors of all ages to play. Weatherford 34. Lucille's Roadhouse - Starting as a family-owned gas station in 1927, Lucille’s is now one of the most well-known diners on Old Route 66.