Oklahoma Vacation Ideas

Oklahoma Vacation Ideas #1: A ranch vacation is a nice way to spend some time outdoors. One place that offers ranch vacations is Cedar Canyon Lodge, located in Freedom Oklahoma. You can enjoy horseback trail rides, cattle drives, rodeos, cookouts, outdoor concerts. Packages are also offered for hunting deer, wild turkey, and quail. They also offer tours of nearby Alabaster Caverns and other special events throughout the year.

Oklahoma Vacation Ideas #2: Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum is the third largest zoo in the U.S. The Chimpanzee Connection allows up-close encounters with the zoo's chimpanzees.

Siamang Island is the home of the unique Spectacled Langurs (also called Dusky Leaf Monkeys).

Tulsa Zoo Lioness
Tulsa Zoo  Lioness

The Tropical American Rain Forest Building includes a 2,000 square-foot jaguar exhibit.

The 17 species of penguins can be viewed from an underwater window. Other habitats include the Elephant Encounter, African Savanna, and more.

Oklahoma Vacation Ideas #3: The Comanche Nation Water Park in Lawton, Oklahoma is twelve acres of nonstop fun. The Breaker Beach wave pool is usually the first stop after entering. The wave maker regularly creates 2 to 4 foot waves which are just perfect.

Riding the waves is the probably the best fun of all but take along an inner-tube and you’ll find another dimension to the fun. After the waves you’ll probably head for the slides at the Sidewinder’s Rapids.

For that, you climb up four stories where you have a choice among three double tube slides. Any of the six tubes will give the ride of your life, so stay there until you can’t climb up anymore.

It’s now time for a relaxing water ride, so you head for the Endless River where you float slowly downstream in a never ending cycle. Next stop is the food concessions to re-energize for another go at the waves.

Oklahoma Vacation Ideas #4: The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in the Flint Hills region of Kansas is dedicated to preserving a dying part of the original western landscape, the spacious prairies of tallgrass that used to cover the land. There is an historic ranch headquarters area with buildings dating from the late 19th century, a late 19th century one-room school house, and two nature trails. Bus tours are offered along with living history programs and demonstrations.
Oklahoma Vacation Ideas #5: At Indian City USA, in Oklahoma, you can learn about the customs and beliefs of Native American history. Indian guides take you on a tour of the seven replicas of Indian villages. Buffalo, llamas and other exotic animals can be seen on the 140 acre Exotic Game pasture. One of the largest American Indian museums in the Southwest explores the roots of Native American Culture.
Oklahoma Vacation Ideas #6: Bartlesville, Oklahoma is the home of the "Nellie Johnstone", Oklahoma's first commercially successful oil well. You can see it today just as it was in 1897 when oil was struck. The repilica stands on the original site in Johnstone Park.

Woolaroc Ranch Museum & Wildlife Reserve Bison

Woolaroc Ranch Museum & Wildlife Reserve is a great spot to take the family in Bartlesville. There are 3,700 acres of wildlife refuge with buffalo, elk, camels, kangaroos and other exotic animals. There's a petting zoo, children's playground, museum of western and Native American art and artifacts. In June the town holds the annual Mozart International Festival. Price Tower holds and art gallery and is the only skyscraper that Frank Lloyd Wright designed.

Oklahoma Vacation Ideas #7: If you enjoy fishing and your vacation ideas include Oklahoma, then you need to take a look at the Grand Lake O' the Cherokees. There's no better place in the world for crappie fishing than Grand Lake. And the bass fishing is stellar too.

Located amongst the foothills of the famous Ozark Mountains, Grand lake is part of a chain of lakes that provide Oklahoma vacationers a playground of outdoor activities. Grand Lake is quite large with 1,300 miles of shoreline that borders 10 of Oklahoma's great state parks.

The prevailing winds on the Grand Lake makes for excellent sailing. And when you are not fishing you and the family can have some fun with water skiing, jet skiing, all kinds of boating or any other water activities you can think of. You can rent a boat and the other equipment you need from one of the more than 30 marinas that service the Grand Lake.

Oklahoma Vacation Ideas #7: Tiger Safari is an interactive exotic zoological park in Tuttle, Oklahoma. This is a non-profit, walk-through park where you see the animals close-up on guided tours. The animals include alligators, bears, pythons, deer, porcupines, tigers and more. Evening tours are held on Friday and Saturday. Tiger Safari is considered one of the top three Oklahoma tourist attractions.

The HeyDay Entertainment Center in Norman, Oklahoma is basically a young people’s attraction although older folks could easily join the fun.

The entertainment includes laser tag, mini-golf, air hockey, jet fighter simulation, and several great arcade games. Double Dave’s Pizzaworks will keep your stomach happy. This is a great place for group fun with friends.

Oklahoma Vacation Ideas #8: Red Rock State Park in Hinton Oklahoma is in Red Rock Canyon which was once a stop for Conestoga wagons on their way to California. The park has camp sites for both tent and RV camping.

They have playground equipment, picnic areas, a fish pond, nature trails and a swimming pool for warmer days. The canyon walls provide for some first class climbing and rappelling.

Slick Willies Family Pool Hall in Oklahoma City is a bundle of fun. With first class pool tables, foosball, darts, video games and much more, the fun never stops. And, with a great snack bar you’re all set when hunger strikes. With the word “Family” in the name you know you can bring your brood along for the fun. Let’s face it, Slick Willies is an unwinding station.

Fort Reno in El Reno, OK has a short name but a long history. From its beginnings in 1874 ‘till today, Fort Reno has helped tame the west, fought many battles and was a host to German POWs during WWII. The history of the fort is so powerfully interesting that you should find an excuse to visit here. Today there is a group of re-enactors who entertain periodically.

Oklahoma Vacation Ideas #9: The Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher, Oklahoma tells the story of the historic path over which Texas cattle was driven to Kansas railroad terminals for shipment all over the USA. Over the 1867 to 1877 period more than three million cattle were moved over the tail. It was considered the greatest cow train in the world. All three sections of the Chisholm Trail can be seen in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma.

If you are visiting the Chisholm Trail Museum you’ll find the Dalton Cabin. It’s a good example of an Oklahoma log cabin of the late 1800’s but it’s more than that. This is the family home of the four Dalton brothers who became known for their bank and train robbing skills. Bob, Gaf, Emmet and Bill successful dodged the law for a few years but the law won in the end.

If you've just visited the Chisholm Trail Museum and the Dalton house you could check out the Gant School House in Kingfisher. This building is a restored one room school house from frontier days in Oklahoma. Would you believe that it cost $100 to build it? The last school term for the Gant School was in 1930. Your young children who complain about school should visit this artifact.

Oklahoma Vacation Ideas #10: The Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa is housed in a former mansion. The mansion was built in the Italian villa style which makes an absolutely beautiful setting for the display of art. As you walk through the house, you get the feeling that you are viewing a private collection of an art connoisseur. The Museum has collected a massive amount of art which is well displayed in their 30 galleries.

The art on the main level includes 18th and 19th century European and Venetian paintings from the 15th and 16th centuries, as well as Baroque and Renaissance paintings of the 16th through 18th-centuries. There are many permanent exhibits from Africa, America, Europe and Asia together with many traveling exhibits.

There is also an extensive collection of American furniture and other similar artifacts. Be sure to check out the Native American and Western collections as well, and before you leave, you might want to visit the restaurant and gift shop or even attend a lecture in the theater, created for just that purpose.

Oklahoma Vacation Ideas #11: Oklahoma Territorial Museum in Guthrie is dedicated to telling the story of those visionary folk that prepared the Oklahoma territory for future statehood. These kinds of stories seem weak to some people, but what kind of country would we have without these creative thinkers who believed in the future? It’s a beautiful story.

A great vacation idea would be to combine your visit to the Territorial Museum with a visit to the Oklahoma Frontier Drug Store Museum and The Apothecary Garden, which are also in Guthrie. With many interesting artifacts, it tells story of 19th and 20th century pharmacies as the country grew. Please don‘t leave ‘til you've had an ice-cream soda at the old fashion soda fountain.

Also, if you have the family with you, it might be a good idea to hop over the Mitch Park in Edmond Oklahoma where there’s something for every age. The park features two basketball courts, a volleyball court, a skate park, a disc golf course, an exercise station and an amphitheatre. For the young children there are two playgrounds the many interesting features.

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