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Oklahoma, USA

Oklahoma is home to close to 3.9 million people making it the 28th most populous state in the United States. It is known as the Sooner State and is the 46th state to enter the union. It is also the 20th biggest state in the country with more than 68,000 square miles of land and close to 1,300 square miles of water. As you can tell, there are a lot of things that you can do and visit in the state.

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Entertainment & Amusement Parks

Oklahoma, Entertainment & Amusement Parks

Check out Frontier City, which has a western theme. This is the only amusement park in the state and has been open for more than five decades. It occupies 55 acres of space and has more than two dozen rides including three water rides and five roller coasters.

The roller coasters here are Steel Lasso, The Wildcat, The Silver Bullet, The Diamondback and Wild Kitty. Aside from these, you can also get on Quick Draw, Geronimo Sky Coaster, Casino, and Mindbender, among others.

You could also check out White Water Bay, a water park that has been open since the early 1980s. The rides here include the Mega Wedgie, the Acapulco Cliff Dive, the Bermuda Triangle, Cannonball Falls, the Big Kahuna, Pirates' Plunge, Calypso Cannonball, Kids' Kove and the Wave Pool, among others.

Casinos. The state is slowly becoming the new place to be when it comes to horse racing and casino gaming. There are more than six dozen casinos across the state, offering everything from slot machines, blackjack, poker and yes live entertainment. There are a number of casinos that are considered as resorts, combining gaming fun, live entertainment, relaxation, fine dining, and top accommodations.

Check out the WinStar World Casino, the third biggest casino in the North American continent. The casino has electronic gaming plazas that follow a great city theme, as well as a golf course and a hotel.

You can also find the same casino resort experience at Downstream Casino Resort, Choctaw Casino Resort, and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Casinos in Oklahoma come in different shapes and sizes. Visit Central Oklahoma's Grand Casino Hotel Resort and Riverwind Casino, or you can go to Osage Casino and River Spirit Casino in the northeastern part of the state. Additionally, you have Comanche Red River Casino and the Choctaw casinos in the south.

If electronic gaming is not enough, check out the off-track betting and horse races in some of the casinos as well.

You can further go to Oklahoma City's Remington Park, Tulsa' Fair Meadows and Claremore's Will Rogers Downs for exciting and live horse races.

There are also Cherokee run casinos in Fort Gibson, Roland, Sallisaw, Tahlequah, and West Siloam Springs. There are also three Creek Nation casinos: Creek Nation Casino of Eufaula. Muscogee Creek Nation Casino, and Creek Nation Casino of Okmulgee.

Shawnee has three casinos: FireLake Casino, Kickapoo Casino, and Sac & Fox Casino. And Wyandotte has three casinos with Lucky Turtle Casino, Wyandotte Nation Casino, and Eastern Shawnee Casino. Meanwhile Miami has four: Buffalo Run Casino, High Winds Casino, Quapaw Casino, and the Stables Casino. Osage county has three with Osage Casinos at Hominy, Pawhuska, and Ponca City.

In short, you have a world of choices when it comes to casinos and entertainment in Oklahoma. From just gambling an afternoon away to a fun day at the horse races to nightlife at a casino, you can find it all here.

Other casinos you can go to in Oklahoma:

  • Ada Gaming Center
  • Cash Springs Gaming Center
  • Chisholm Trail Casino
  • Gold Mountain Casino
  • Grand Lake Casino
  • Kiowa Casino
  • Lucky Star Casino
  • Madill Gaming Center
  • Red Hawk Gaming Center
  • Thunderbird Wild Wild West Casino
  • Treasure Valley Casino

Arts & Culture

Oklahoma, Arts & Culture

Culture cravers and arts lovers will want to call Oklahoma home because of its many arts and culture attractions.

Architecture. A lot of the historic buildings in the state have an art deco architecture. Tulsa has the best art deco buildings designed by such luminaries as Bruce Goff, Barry Byrne and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Then there are those styles that serve as a throwback to the state's oil boom. The homes of the oil barons are a quiet testament to the state's oil-fuelled wealth, and some of these mansions are open to the public. Some examples include the La Quinta Foster Mansion, Marland Mansion & Estate, Dr. Renfrow-Miller Museum, Belvidere Mansion. You can also find the biggest Masonic temple in the world here, as well as a theater done in the Spanish mission style. Route 66 takes you to several notable structures as well. Lastly, check out Guthrie, where you can find the finest Victorian buildings in the state.

The top architectural treasures include:

  • Boston Avenue United Methodist Church
  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Price Tower & Price Tower Arts Center
  • Frank Phillips Home
  • Guthrie Scottish Rite Masonic Center
  • McAlester Scottish Rite Masonic Center
  • NSU Seminary Hall
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Sand Springs Cultural & Historical Museum
  • The Gold Dome Building

Visual arts. There are lots of visual and creative arts attractions in the state as well. Your first stop should be the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, where you can find the blown glass tower created by Dale Chihuly, which rises 55 feet off the ground. You should also not miss the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, where you have more than 20 acres of beautiful gardens to welcome you to the wonderful world of art that you find inside. The Gilcrease Museum is where you could find the most comprehensive Western art and American Indian art in the state.

Several cities have their own arts districts, where you could find an interesting mix of museums, festivals and galleries. For instance, art museums in Oklahoma include:

  • Tulsa has Alexandre Hogue Gallery and Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art.
  • Oklahoma City has Untitled (ArtSpace) and the World Organization of China Painters Museum.
  • Norman has the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and the Jacobson House Native Art Center.
  • Other cities have the Goddard Center, University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma Art Gallery, University of Central Oklahoma Galleries, Ed Galloway's Totem Pole Park, Owens Arts Place Museum, Willard Stone & Sons Museum and Gallery, Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, Gardiner Art Gallery, Artists Alley, Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center, and the Melton Art Reference Library & Museum.

Meanwhile, some of the art galleries you can find here include:

  • Firehouse Art Center
  • Fine Arts Institute of Edmond
  • The Red Door Gallery & Emporium
  • Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
  • Wolf Productions: A Gallery of the Arts

There are also several glassblowing studios and galleries that you can visit, the foremost of which are Blue Sage Studios and Tulsa Glassblowing School. Be sure to watch a glassblowing demonstration while you are here.

Sculpture gardens also abound in the state. Check out the ones at the Crucible Art Foundry & Gallery and the Philbrook Museum of Art. Further, you could join various art walks that happen all around the state.

Oklahoma also has a wealth of notable public art, sculptures and art displays. Even small towns have public murals that you can admire.

Performance arts. Oklahoma has a musical of the same name, a testament of how theater is revered in the state. You can see top notch musicals and plays here that rival the best of Broadway. Check out the top professional companies here, as well as the smaller community theaters. A night at the theater would undoubtedly introduce you to Lyric Theatre, which is one of Oklahoma's premiere theater companies. You can also watch some of the best productions at the Civic Center music Hall. Then check out the wonderful ballets of Oklahoma City Ballet and Tulsa Ballet.

Then you have other great venues as well, such as the Armstrong Auditorium where you get great music from musicians from all over the world, or the Pollard Theatre in Guthrie as they perform their iconic production 'A Territorial Christmas”. You can even catch great Shakespearean plays for free every summer with the Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park series at the Myriad Botanical Gardens.

You can also go to the Donald W. Reynolds Visual Arts Center where you can watch an assortment of classic, independent and foreign films, then head out to the Civic Center Music Hall where you can catch the performances of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the Oklahoma City Opera, as well as touring Broadway shows and music concerts. Plus the Kirkpatrick Auditorium is considered as the main performance venue of the Oklahoma City University, while the Tulsa Performing Arts Center has four main theaters that give you the Tulsa Opera, Tulsa Symphony and Celebrity Attractions.

Other theater groups and venues you could go to in the state include:

  • Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center
  • Chevy Bricktown Events Center
  • Enid Event Center & Convention Hall
  • Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center
  • Henthorne Performing Arts Center
  • McLain Rogers Park & Historic Amphitheater
  • McMahon Memorial Auditorium
  • McSwain Theatre & Art Gallery
  • Red Carpet Community Theatre
  • Robson Performing Arts Center
  • Town & Gown Community Theatre

Music. Whether it is live musical concerts at a bar or music hall, to annual music festivals, there is always a stage for you to watch. From pop, to rock, to jazz, you can find the best musicians here. If you are looking for classical music or chamber music, there is the Oklahoma City Philharmonic for you.

Check out the concerts at the BOK Center, or jam at the Clinton Country Jamboree. You can be awed by the Canterbury Choral Society, or watch at the Enid Symphony Center. You can also go to Plumb Theatre & Longtown Opry, OKC Downtown Airpark, the Centennial Rodeo Opry, Double Stop Fiddle Shop & Music Hall, Oklahoma City Chorus of Sweet Adelines International, and the Tulsa Opera.

Festivals. Check out the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts, which helps you enjoy visual arts, performing arts and the area's best culinary offerings. The festival marks the start of spring in the city, and is the crown jewel of the city's many arts festivals. Check out the sculptures, photography, painting and other visual art works created by at least 140 artists from all around the United States. There are four stages at the Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge Conservatory that feature live music and theater performances. If you get hungry, there is the International Food Row, where you have around three dozen food vendors selling everything you could possibly crave for. There are lots of fun activities for the little ones as well.

Another Oklahoma City attraction is the Paseo Arts Festival. Held at the Paseo Arts District over two days. At least 75 artists attend the festival and you can view their works and buy them at really reasonable prices. There are also live bands and performances here, and the kids can have fun with various activities that are set up for them.

Another festival you can go to is the Tulsa International Mayfest & Blue Dome Arts Festival every May. These are two of the Tulsa's best attended arts festivals and brings in hundreds of artists from all around the region. The Tulsa International Mayfest has at least 350,000 people during the four days that it is held.

Then you could head out to Norman for the May Fair Arts Festival and the Midsummer Nights' Fair. The city has a vibrant art community that holds 2nd Friday art walks every month. But every May, Norman celebrates the May Fair Arts Festival at Andrews Park. During the festival, you get the chance to meet more than 30 artists and see their works. You can also enjoy the live entertainment, the 10k marathon, various children's activities, art demonstrations and student art show. So you do not only see the finest artworks in the area, but you also learn how to create them.

July ushers in the Midsummer Nights' Fair at the Lions Park. The two-day festival is hosted by the Firehouse Art Center and features 30 artists from Texas and Oklahoma. Get the chance to see the best glass works, pottery, jewelry, and paintings, while enjoying the best live bands from all around the area. There are also art demonstrations that you could attend.

You can also go to the Downtown Edmond Arts Festival in Edmond, where you can buy handmade arts and crafts, enjoy great food and entertainment. The festival is held in May every year and more than 100 artists come together during the three day event.

The yearly Montmartre Chalk Art Festival is a great example of these events, wherein artists race against the clock to create chalk art on a 6' x 6' pavement section.

The Arts for All Festival in Lawton is the biggest free juried art fete in southwest Oklahoma. There are at least 90 artists here that you can meet, or you can just enjoy the live music on two stages. Lastly, you have Arts Festival Oklahoma. The festival is held at the Oklahoma City Community College every September. With attendance averaging 20,000 people, you can find local and international artists here ranging from sculpture, painting to graphic design. There are kids' activities here as well.

Restaurants & Shopping

Oklahoma, Restaurants & Shopping

Cafes. Bistros. Steakhouses. You can find them all in Oklahoma. Restaurants here serve every type of food you desire, from Asian food to Middle Eastern and European fare, to Mexican. From barbecues to pasta. No matter what you are craving for, there is a place that you could go to.

So where can you go? Here are some of the best local favorites:

  • Cattlemen's Café in Oklahoma City has been a favorite among the locals for generations now. The classy steakhouse has been visited by presidents and celebrities who enjoy their signature steaks.
  • Van's Pig Stand in Shawnee has great barbecues.
  • Las Cascadas in Davis serves the best Tex-Mex fare such as fajitas, enchilada platters, and grilled tamales.
  • The Canebrake in Wagoner allows you to have a fine dining experience along the shores of Fort Gibson Lake.
  • Two Frogs Grill in Ardmore allows you to enjoy good food, great music and interesting nightlife. Order the tender ribs and seafood here.
  • The Hammett House Restaurant in Claremore has been open for more than five decades. It is a hit because of its home cooking flavor and comfort food.
  • Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill in Oklahoma City serves up your favorites.
  • Pete's Place in Krebs gives you the best Italian food in the state's Little Italy.
  • Click's Steakhouse in Pawnee is where you could get great, huge steaks and desserts to die for.
  • Panevino Wine & Tapas Bar in Enid.
  • Frank & Lola's Neighborhood Restaurant & Bar in Bartlesville is a great place to eat in, while also allowing you to explore the supernatural. The restaurant is said to be haunted.
  • Red PrimeSteak in Oklahoma City is one of the top steakhouses in the state.
  • Ike's Chili House in Tulsa serves the best chili in the United States, if you were to believe Martha Stewart.
  • Marla's Restaurant in Guymo
  • Jigg's Smokehouse in Clinton can satiate even the biggest appetites.
  • El Reno Fried Onion Burgers
  • Salas Mexican Restaurant in Lawton
  • White Dog Hill in Clinton
  • Warehouse Willy's in Poteau
  • Sam & Ella's Chicken Palace in Tahlequah is regarded as one of the best pizza parlors in the United States.

Shopping. There are several shopping malls that you could visit in Oklahoma.

Arrowhead Mall in Muskogee has more than five dozen stores, anchored by Stage, Dillard's, and JCPenney. You can save a lot of money at the Oklahoma Factory Shoppes, where you have around 348,000 sq. ft. of retail space featuring outlets of some of the biggest brands in the country, including Aeropostale, Bass, Coach, Kenneth Cole, Ann Taylor Loft, Nike Factory Store, Perry Ellis, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue - Off 5th, White House | Black Market, and Van Heusen.

Sooner Mall has 74 retailers and restaurants and is anchored by Old Navy, Dillard's, Sears, and JCPenney. While the Tulsa Promenade has close to a million square foot of space containing at least 100 stores and is anchored by Macy's, Dillard's, and JCPenney.

Then you have Penn Square Mall, which has close to 150 stores and services. It is anchored by two Dillard's stores, JCPenney, and Macy's. It also has 10 aMC Theatre screens.

Other shopping malls here include:


  • Central Mall in Lawton
  • Eastgate Metroplex
  • NorthPark Mall
  • Plaza Mayor
  • Quail Springs Mall
  • Shawnee Mall
  • Utica Square
  • Washington Park Mall
  • Woodland Hills Mall

Antiquing is also big in Oklahoma, and you could probably find what you are looking for in an antique store in the state. Casual collectors will love the variety of the vintage stuff that Oklahoma's antique shops have while serious collectors have found some very rare and elusive items here as well. You can go from any urban centers such as Tulsa or Oklahoma City to smaller communities around the state. You can even get Civil War artifacts and European vintage items at large antique malls, or find something unique at smaller shops. Some of the finer shops here include: French Quarter Antiques, Broadway Antique Mall, Architectural Antiques & Dead Peoples' Stuff, the Vintage Rooster, Lou's Antiques & Fine Furnishings, Generations Antique Mall, Antique Marketplace & Tea Room, Ancient of Days, Lost Time Antiques & Collectibles, Miss McGillicutty's Antiques, Recollections Antique Mall, Antique Mall of Duncan, and the 3 French Hens.

Apart from these, you will love the Main Streets that you find in all the cities and towns in the state. You can find shops that sell everything from local ingredients to chocolates to Native American artifacts to other products.

Golf Courses & Sports Venues

Oklahoma, Golf Courses & Sports Venues

There is nothing more invigorating than having that age old rivalry between two powerhouse universities. Check out the games between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys and the University of Oklahoma Sooners. You simply must attend the football games on both campuses: the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium for the Sooners and the Boone Pickens Stadium for the Cowboys.

Other football fields that you can go to include:

  • Seating 30,000 people, the Skelly Field at H. A. Chapman Stadium is on the University of Tulsa campus and is the home of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.
  • The Wantland Stadium is where the University of Central Oklahoma American football team play their home games, as well as the high school teams of the city. The stadium can seat 10,000 people and has hosted sic Oklahoma All-State Football Games
  • The Doc Wadley Stadium is where the Northeastern State University Riverhawks play their home games. The stadium seats 12,500 people.
  • Carl Wooten Field in Goodwell is located inside the Oklahoma Panhandle State University campus. It is home to the university's athletics and American football teams.
  • The Broken Bow Memorial Stadium is the home of Broken Bow Savages and Lukfata Falcons.

If you are a hockey fan, then go to the Cox Convention Center and watch the Oklahoma City Barons play.

Meanwhile, the state also has the top softball venue in the United States, the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. It seats 7,300 people and this is where the NCAA College World Series of Softball is held every year.

Then you can watch an NBA Thunder game when you go to the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Or go to the Donald W. Reynolds Center that seats more than 8,300 people and is the home of the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane volleyball and basketball. While, Mabee Center seats around 11,300 people and is the home of the Oral Roberts University men's basketball team. Then you have the BOK Center, or the Bank of Oklahoma Center. The multi-use arena accommodates more than 19,000 people and is a popular venue for football, basketball, hockey, and music concerts. This is home to the Tulsa Oilers and the Tulsa Shock. The Chisholm Trail Coliseum accommodates 8,000 people. You also have the Gallagher-Iba Arena, which hosts both basketball and wrestling matches.

As for baseball fans, you can watch the Oklahoma State University Cowboys baseball teams play at the Allie P. Reynolds Stadium, or the Oklahoma City RedHawks and the Big 12 Tournament at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Meanwhile, the University of Oklahoma Sooners baseball team play at the L. Dale Mitchell Baseball Park. Then you can watch the Tulsa Drillers play at the ONEOK Field. Other baseball stadiums you can go to include the Bartlesville Municipal Stadium and J. L. Johnson Stadium.

You can also go to Hallett Motor Racing Circuit for some motorsports action. Then you can watch soccer games at the Hurricane Soccer & Track Stadium.

The Durant Multi-Sports Complex has softball, baseball, soccer and football fields, as well as a track and field facility. Future additions include a 17 acre lake and biking paths.

Golf courses. Cedar Creek Golf Course at Beavers Bend is open to the public and has 18 holes, a par of 72 and also features putting greens, a driving range and a pro shop. It was given a four stars rating by Golf Digest Magazine. Karsten Creek Golf Club near Stillwater is the home of the Oklahoma State University golf teams. It is the best regarded and respected college golf course in the country and has one of the most challenging courses in the state. It has more than 7,400 yards of space and has Lake Louise figure some of the holes here.

Then you have the Lakeside Memorial Golf Course, which has more than 6750 yards, and is a consistent part of any list of top public golf courses in the state as compiled by Golf Digest Magazine.

You can also play at the Oak Tree National, which was designed by Pete Dye and has a par 71, over more than 7,400 yards of space and a course rating of 79.3 and a slope rating of 155. Some of the most notable tournaments held here include the 1984 U.S. Amateur, 1988 PGA Championship, 2006 Senior PGA Championship, 2012 Trans-Mississippi Amateur, and the 2014 U.S. Senior Open.

Some of the best golf courses across the state include:

Broken Arrow Golf & Athletic Club, Golf Club of Oklahoma, Emerald Falls Golf Club, and Forest Ridge Golf Club all in Broken Arrow. While Oklahoma City has Silverhorn Golf Club, Lincoln Park Golf Course, Trosper Park Golf Course, and Quail Creek Golf & Country Club.

Norman and Tulsa has two nationally recognized golf courses each: Southern Hills Country Club and Meadowbrook Country Club in Tulsa and Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club and Belmar Golf Club in Norman.

Other great golf courses here include:

  • White Hawk Golf Club in Bixby
  • Winter Creek Golf Club in Blanchard
  • The Territory Golf & Country Club in Duncan
  • South Lakes Golf Course in Jenks
  • Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club in Kingston
  • John Conrad Golf Course in Midwest City
  • The Links At Stillwater in Stillwater
  • WinStar Golf Course in Thackerville

Historical Sites & Landmarks

Oklahoma, Historical Sites & Landmarks

Oklahoma's history pages give you a variety of characters from American Indians to Vikings to cowboys to oil tycoons and other interesting eras. History buffs will love the living history museums here, as well as the Civil War re-enactments, the historic sites, and other activities.

Native American. The state was home to more than five dozen American Indian tribes and you can go to a variety of heritage centers, museums and festivals to learn about their cultures and lifestyle. Dance to the beat of powwow drums, see their native costumes, or just enjoy the music. Some of the attractions you can go to include the Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, Standing Bear Park, Museum & Education Center, Chickasaw National Capitol Building, Choctaw Nation Museum, Fort Gibson Historic Site & Interpretative Center, Three Valley Museum, Chickasaw Cultural Center, Osage Tribal Museum, Library & Archives, Tonkawa Tribal Museum, Southern Plains Indian Museum, and Cherokee Heritage Center, among others.

Museums. The state has a variety of lovely museums that tell you more about the heritage and history of the state. These include the:

  • National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, where you could learn more about the cowboy through artifacts, antique firearms, and a replica cattle town.
  • Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore pays tribute to the state's favorite son, who was also a trick roper, radio commentator, movie star, author and Vaudeville performer.
  • Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
  • Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
  • Science Museum Oklahoma
  • Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center
  • Oklahoma History Center where you could get introduced to the people who contributed a lot to the state community structures.
  • Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton tells you more about the famed highway through the decades.
  • Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum

Cowboys. Aside from the museums mentioned, you could learn more about cowboys when you visit Fort Reno or the Fort Washita Historic Site, where you have living history events all year round. You can also visit rodeos and see modern cowboys at the Old Cowhand Reunion, Freedom Rodeo, and the Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo.

Historic landmarks and sites. The state has more than sites that are regarded at historic landmarks. Boston Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church, South has the finest art deco building in the state, while Camp Nichols was built to protect the Cimarron Cutoff trail from attacking Apache and Kiowa tribes. Fort Sill is the only remaining fort that was built during the time of the Indian Wars. Then you have Price Tower one of Frank Lloyd Wright's most unique buildings, while Stamper Site is an archaeological site.

Other landmarks are:

  • 101 Ranch Historic District
  • Boley Historic District
  • Cherokee National Capitol
  • Creek National Capitol
  • Ernest Whitworth Marland Mansion
  • Fort Washita
  • Guthrie Historic District
  • Honey Springs Battlefield
  • Platt National Park Historic District
  • Wheelock Academy

Aside from these, there more than 1,200 sites in the state that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The counties with the most number of historic sites are Kay with 38 sites, Muskogee has 45, Lincoln has 46, while Tulsa and Oklahoma has 85 and 127 respectively.

Parks & Outdoor Activities

Oklahoma, Parks & Outdoor Activities

Oklahoma maintains close to three dozen state parks and each of these take you to a different environment. From mountains to lakes to forests and even sand dunes. As such, there are a lot of recreational opportunities for you to do here. You can fish, bike, hike, camp, and even check out some activities organized by the park administrators.

Some of the best state parks that you could visit are:

  • Lake Murray State Park & Lodge in Ardmore is regarded as the vacation central in the southern part of the state. It is the ideal place for those who love the water, with facilities for boating, fishing and a host of water sports. You can also ride an ATV here, as well as check out the 18 hole golf course, horseback riding trails, and the Tucker Tower Nature Center. You can also camp here or rent out one of the many lodges if you want to stay the night.
  • Alabaster Caverns State Park in Freedom is the biggest natural gypsum cave in the world. You could explore the caves, or go on a walking tour. You can have a picnic or even camp overnight here. You can go wild caving if you have a group of at least three people to explore one of the four caves in the area and provided you have all the safety gear.
  • Greenleaf State Park in Braggs is one of the original state parks in Oklahoma. The cabins and buildings here have been built as early as the 1930s. Take a walking tour or bike through 18 miles of trails, camp at the primitive campsite, swim at the pool or fish for some largemouth bass. The park also features a nature center and a swimming beach.
  • Little Sahara State Park in Waynoka is an ideal place for off-road and ATV riding. It features more than 1,600 acres of sand dunes, with some of them reaching more than six dozen feet in height. You can rent ATVs on site.
  • Beavers Bend & Hochatown State Park in Broken Bow is one of the most scenic areas in Oklahoma where you can go fly fishing, play golf, or hiking. You could also rent a room at the Lakeview Lodge and be amazed by the wonderful lake views. There are also RV sites and campsites that you could enjoy. Go horseback riding, or float down the river. You can also go scuba diving or ride the miniature trains here.
  • The Roman Nose State Park in Watonga is great for hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding. It also features an 18-hole golf course, RV camping facilities, and facilities for canoeing, swimming and fishing.
  • Tenkiller State Park in Vian is great for water sports. Dive the lake here, and go scuba diving. You also have access to a 1.5-mile nature trail for some bird and wildlife watching. The park also has a nature center, boat ramps, a fishing pond for the kids, RV and tents sites for you to enjoy.
  • Great Salt Plains State Park in Jet features a body of saltwater that covers close to 9,000 acres of space. You can fish here, swim or watch the birds. You could also check out the white salt flats, where you could dig for crystals during the months of April to October.
  • The Black Mesa State Park & Nature Preserve in Kenton is the highest point in the state and you can hike up to the top of Black Mesa for the best views of the area. There is a wide assortment of wildlife here and it presents you with the chance to see bighorn sheep, antelope, golden eagles, and pinyon jays. As an added attraction, go to the three corners marker where you are technically standing on three states: Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Colorado. Further, you can camp here and sleep under the night sky.
  • Robbers Cave State Park in Wilburton is a notorious hideout for Belle Starr and Jesse James. Today, however, you have a lot of outdoor activities that you can do here. You can hike up the caves, or go rappelling down the challenging rock walls. You can ride horses or just enjoy looking at the scenic lakes. You can also ride canoes or go hunting here. There are RV sites, tent sites and the Belle Starr Lodge if you want to stay the night.

You can also go to the biggest state parks in Oklahoma, including Arrowhead State Park, Sequoyah - Western Hills State Park, McGee Creek State Park, Lake Eufaula State Park, Foss State Park, Fort Cobb State Park, Lake Thunderbird State Park, Lake Texoma State Park, and Lake Wister State Park.

Other state parks worth the visit include Snowdale State Park, Talimena State Park, Honey Creek State Park, Disney/Little Blue State Park, Spavinaw State Park, Cherokee State Park, Twin Bridges State Park, Bernice State Park, Natural Falls State Park, Cherokee Landing State Park, Great Plains State Park, Raymond Gary State Park, Hugo Lake State Park, Sequoyah Bay State Park, Red Rock Canyon State Park, Clayton Lake State Park, Gloss Mountain State Park, Keystone State Park, Dripping Springs State Park, Okmulgee State Park, and Osage Hills State Park.

Zoos & Aquariums

Oklahoma, Zoos & Aquariums

The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Foundation takes care of exotic animals. The zoo currently has around 1,400 animals belonging to 128 species, including bears, lions and tigers. Here, you can also enjoy fishing and camping at the 20.6 mile lake resort that they have.

Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden has close to 120 acres of space and is currently home to 1,800 animals. The zoo is a member of the American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It has several exhibits including the Elephant Habitat, which houses the zoo's Asian elephants, the Children's Zoo, the Great EscAPE, the Cat Forest and Lion Overlook, the Oklahoma Trails, and Aquaticus. Then you have other attractions such as the Safari Voyage boats, the Safari Tram, the Sea Lion Show, the Endangered Species Carousel, the Jungle Gym Playground, swan paddleboats, and the Centennial Choo Choo.

The Tulsa Zoo has around 2,500 animals belonging to around 440 species. Covering an area of 85 acres, the zoo is a member of the American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Exhibits here include Zoorassic Park, the Robert J. LaFortune Wild Life Trek, Lost Kingdom: Elephant, Tropical American Rain Forest, Chimpanzee Connection, Helmerich Sea Lion Cove, the Penguin Habitat, African Plains, Asian Area, Children's Zoo, and the Dave Zucconi Conservation Center.

You can also go to the Oklahoma Aquarium, where you have 72,000 square feet of space and has several exhibits that include coral reef animals, sharks, invertebrates, Oklahoma species. The facility also displays 30,000 pieces of fish tackle.

Other animal-related attractions you could see here include:

  • Tiger Safari Zoological Park
  • Zena Suri Alpacas
  • Express Clydesdales Ranch
  • Safari Joe's Wildlife Refuge
  • Passow's Camel Farm
  • GraysLland Acres
  • Endangered Ark Foundation
  • Lost Creek Safari
  • Our Field of Dreams Alpaca Ranch
  • Selman Bat Cave Wildlife Management Area

Other Points of Interest

Apart from the parks and zoos, you can also visit the many botanical gardens in the state.

  • Hambrick Botanical Gardens
  • Honor Heights Park
  • Jo Allyn Lowe Park
  • Cann Memorial Botanical Gardens
  • Kerr Arboretum and Botanical Area
  • Lendonwood Gardens
  • Morrison Arboretum
  • Myriad Botanical Gardens
  • North Central Oklahoma Cactus Botanical Garden
  • North Oklahoma Botanical Garden and Arboretum
  • Oklahoma Botanical Garden and Arboretum
  • Tulsa Botanic Garden
  • Washington Irving Memorial Park and Arboretum

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