If you live in Oklahoma or are planning on visiting, you may be in search of some recreation, sightseeing, and general enrichment. Fortunately, Oklahoma has many different types of destinations to choose from. Large cities like Tulsa and the state capital of Oklahoma City boast an array of museums, art, botanical gardens, and modern architecture, while the natural landscape provides a quieter, more relaxing getaway.
Scenic landscapes and fresh air are the perfect, calming getaway. Driving through the wildlife preserves throughout Northwest Oklahoma, Boating on Keystone Lake, hiking in the Black Mountains, or camping in Beavers Bend Broken Bow cabins tent grounds, and RV parks will have you appreciating the unique natural beauty of the Sooner State. Fresh air and quiet surroundings will destress your mind and relax your body.
There’s a simple joy in getting in the car and seeing where the road takes you, especially on the historic Route 66. Ther’s monuments, roadside oddities, secluded campsites, awaiting you along every curve of the road that bends naturally around forests, rivers, lakes, hills, and palains. The small towns along the way are filled with unique shops, old architecture, and little-known history. Often the best food you’ll have on a vacation will be from hole-in-the-wall places that only the locals know, so ask around.
Zoos and Aquariums
The Oklahoma City and Tulsa zoos both have wide varieties of habitats and species, many of which are rare and endangered, to view and learn about. At the Oklahoma Aquarium, you can see a 120-year-old alligator snapping turtle as well as the world’s largest captive population of bullhead sharks. The Myriad Botanical Gardens in OKC is the largest garden in Oklahoma, cultivating over 750 beautiful species of plants.
The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, the Cherokee Heritage Center, the Museum of the Great Plains, and many more preserve and display the deep history of the west. Science lovers will enjoy the Science Museum and the National Weather Center, which provides guided tours through the Storm Prediction Center and Oklahoma University’s School of Meteorology. There’s also a wide range of art to see, from the multicultural collection at the Philbrook Museum of art to the more modern pieces displayed at the University of Oklahoma’s Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art.
Whether you’re interested in outdoor activities, art, science, history, or culture, Oklahoma provides something for every kind of traveler.