If you are planning a trip to Oklahoma, you are soon to find that there is plenty on tap to keep you busy. Much like other lower mid-western states; Oklahoma is a state rich in history and natural beauty with something to offer for everyone. Whether you are a couple, touring on your own, or bringing the whole family along. The following is just a few of the most worthy attractions that deserve a spot on any itinerary.
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
When you think of the part of the country in which Oklahoma is located, cowboys and life in the old West almost certainly comes to mind. If you are interested in learning more, head on over to the most popular museum in Oklahoma City, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. It is chock-full of history, art and culture. There is also stuff to keep the kids entertained, such as the Children’s Cowboy Corral.
Frontier City Theme Park
There is a lot going on at the Frontier City Theme Park, and it is a great place for anyone traveling with kids. Here you will find all sorts of amusement, such as water and thrill rides, concerts and other sorts of performances. It is one of the most popular attractions in the state, for locals and tourists alike.
Turner Falls Park
If you like getting out into nature, Turner Falls Park is one of the top outdoor destinations in the state. You can make a day trip out of it, or get some gear and camp out amongst its beauty. There are scenic hiking trails, breathtaking waterfalls (in which you can swim), unique geological formations and plenty of other picture-worthy natural scenes.
The Gilcrease Museum is not only one of the top museums showcasing American art and its history in the state, but in the whole country. If you even have a moderate interest in art, this place is not to be missed. You can meander through on your own, or join a tour guiding you through the permanent collections and current exhibits. It also holds frequent lectures, art classes for children and adults and film viewings.
Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
If you love the outdoors, and you love animals, the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge will be an unforgettable experience. The area is home to an interesting mix of animals, such as elk, prairie dogs and bison. There is also great fishing and hiking in the area.
Oklahoma City National Memorial
This museum was built as a memorial to the people who lost their lives in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. The tour will take you through the events of that day, and the aftermath. While this might not be the most light-hearted tourist activity, it is certainly one that will leave you with profound effects.
Bricktown, Dowtown Oklahoma
If you are looking for a lively area that will give you a taste of what Oklahoma City has to offer, Bricktown is a must-visit. Here you will find all sorts of attractions, great food and loads of fun. Take a water taxi around the area; visit the American Banjo Museum; relax and kickback at a local watering hole for some drinks, fun and dancing.
Oklahoma City Zoo
This is a great attraction for kids and adults alike; it is a large zoo with a huge collection of animals. To name a few, you can see bears, lions, exotic fish, birds and elephants. If you have young ones, head over to the children’s zoo, where your kids can get up close and personal with some cute, furry friends. It also has a botanical garden and butterfly garden, both worth a look.
Chickasaw National Recreation Area
This area of the state, termed ‘Peaceful Valley of Rippling Waters’ by the Native Americans, is one of the most scenic parts of Oklahoma, and chock-full of activities for visitors. The lovely Travertine Creek flows through most of the area, which offers picnicking, swimming, camping, hiking, fishing and animal-watching. It is a great place to recharge and appreciate the true wonder of nature.
Talimena National Scenic Byway
If you particularly love getting pictures of breathtaking natural beauty, the Talimena National Scenic Byway will not disappoint. If you are here in the fall, the foliage tours here are some of the best in the state. The byway is full of scenic turnouts that will give you a great vantage point for taking in the beauty of Oklahoma.