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Top 10 Weekend Getaways in Oklahoma (2023)

Oklahoma is one of the 50 states present in the United States inhabited by an approx. of 3 million residents making it the 28th most populous state of America. It is also known as “The Sooner state” with its natives being called as “Sooners”. Oklahoma has a diverse geography ranging from mountains and prairies to lakes and scenic drives, along with humid subtropical climate, making it the perfect destination for a weekend getaway. From museums, restaurants and friendly locals to theaters, zoos and lakes, it’s got it all.

Top 10 Weekend Getaways in Oklahoma

Here are some places that will be perfect for your weekend getaway.

1. Vinita:

Vinita is an agricultural community, present in the northeast of Oklahoma, where most of its economy is dependent on cattle ranching and livestock raising. Situated at the Great Lake, The Water’s Edge cabin resort provides an experience like none other and offers activities like swimming, boating and fishing. If you wish to know about the history of Vinita, feel free to head downtown and learn about it at the Eastern Trails Museum featuring exhibits of post office, local civil war, military tools and more. The city also hosts multiple festivals and car events throughout the year which attracts huge gatherings from travelers and locals alike.

Best time to stay in Vinita: May to October make up for the most pleasant months.

2. Bricktown:

Bricktown in the recent decades has become a vibrant and entertainment hub in Oklahoma City. With the restoration after World War II and other metropolitan projects several restaurants, pubs and nightclubs moved here making it one of the most exciting locations in the city. Places like ‘Brickpolis’ and ‘HeyDey’ offer golf courses, bowling, arcades and bungee trampolines which are fun for all ages. If you start missing the outdoors and feel the need for something adventurous you can visit the Historic Chesapeake boathouse and many other sports arenas. And if you feel hungry afterwards, feel free to dine at one of the 30 restaurants.

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Best time to visit Bricktown: Late September to early October for ideal weather.

3. Oklahoma City:

Oklahoma City being the states capital, is majorly known for their sports, theater and museums which makes up for a fantastic place to unwind together with your family. You can visit The Science Museum and The Museum of Osteology which houses miscellaneous skeletons from the chordate phylum. One of the two state fairs is also organized in Oklahoma City every year around mid-September, which grounds for exciting rodeos and delicious carnival food. Dramaturges can visit the Oklahoma City Museum of Art which even has a theatre showing assorted selections of dramatics and films each week.

Best time to visit Oklahoma City: From September to November for ideal weather conditions

4. Tahlequah:

Tahlequah, the name meaning “Two are enough’’ or “Just two” in Cherokee language, is a city in Cherokee county. You can canoe and tour the Illinois river and attend the special events at the Franklin castle featuring 1930’s inspired home décor. To know more about the Cherokee tribes and lifestyle before the European contact, you can visit the Cherokee national history museum and Cherokee National research Centre. The sparrowhawk primitive area trail is perfect if you wish to bike, hike or run outdoors. If you wish to buy souvenirs for your colleagues or friends or simply wish to keep something as a memento, you can visit the Cherokee Nation Gift Shop offering various items made by the tribal people such as baskets, pottery and jewelry.

Best time to visit Tahlequah: From July to August for warm weather.    

5. Lawton:

Situated on the southwest of Oklahoma, Lawton is a wonderful spot for tourists because of its rich culture and heritage. History buffs will love exploring the historical buildings and forts, one such of them being The Holy city of The Wichitas which has the longest running passion play the ‘The Prince of Peace’. The most popular landmark is Fort Sill which is an army base situated adjacent to Lawton. It is a National Historic Landmark and has a public museum of the same name. If you wish to spend time outdoors then Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge provides many hiking trails and lakes for the public to explore.

Best time to visit Lawton: From October to January for pleasant temperatures.

6. Tulsa:

Tulsa with its distinctive culture and history, is a must visit when you’re traveling in Oklahoma. This is represented well in their museums, theaters, public sculptures, zoos and of course, their local cuisine and barbeque. ‘The Tulsa Zoo’ was voted as “America’s favorite zoo” in 2005 and shelters 400 different species of animals. The city also organizes multiple fairs and festivals throughout the year, the major one being “The Tulsa State fair” held in September, attracting approximately a million people during its 10-day course. In addition to being a home to multiple art museums such as the Philbrook Museum of Art and the Gilcrease Museum, it also hosts numerous galleries and art spaces for artists throughout the city. If you get tired of exploring the outdoors you can even catch a break at the ONEOK field and enjoy a fun baseball game with your family in the evening.

Best time to visit Tulsa: From September to October for ideal weather

7. Owasso:

Present in the Rogers and Tulsa counties, Owasso is the largest suburb present in Tulsa. It is a city of character and has a friendly community with no shortage of local recreation. The Bailey Ranch Golf Course has perfectly manicured golf courses and the YMCA facility provides an 80-acre sports-plex for soccer, baseball and other physical activities. People who enjoy drinking should definitely tour the Owasso liquor and wine which has the largest and best spirit collection in the entirety of Owasso. You can even visit the Redbud Valley nature preserve which protects and shelters plants and animals endemic to Oklahoma, which makes it a great place for environmental education and public enjoyment.

Best time to visit Owasso: August to October is the best time to avoid the harsh heat of the summers.  

8. Claremore:

During the Indian removal period, the Osage and Cherokee were forced out of here which once used to be their land, after which the Cherokee nations were assigned much of its territory. The Claremore Museum of history contains artifacts and manuscripts from the early tribes and records of notable individuals such as Lynn Riggs and Patti Page. The most famous is the Will rogers Museum which accounts and memorialism the life of entertainer Will Rogers. If u wish you can spend the outdoors in the Claremore Lake which provides a 9-hole disc golf course, along with fishing, boating and a designated picnic area.

Best time to visit Claremore: May, September and October make up for the most pleasant months.

9. Norman:

The city enjoys many cultural and tourist attractions funded by the University of Oklahoma, making it your perfect destination for a relaxing two-week getaway with your entire family in Oklahoma. It has abundant and cheap lodgings making it a place ideal for people on a budget. One can visit the museums present such as The Historical House Museum of Cleveland County and Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History to know about the history of the place. People who love art and music can visit the Catlett Music center featuring many orchestral and musical performances. The city also hosts multiple free events and festivals which are running throughout the year, one of them being the Norman music festival which features both international and local musicians.

Best time to visit Norman: For April to June for ideal weather.  

10. Ardmore:

Thanks to its successful oil and retail industry, the capital has been invested into many philanthropic endeavors and structural endowments. One such being the Ardmore civic auditorium for local and other events such as concerts and plays. The other, Hardy Murphy Coliseum, for hosting rodeos and other regional interesting events. The Eliza Cruce Hall Doll Museum is really one of its kind and quite easy to miss, since its actually located inside the Ardmore public library encompassing more than 300 rare and unique dolls. People who love the outdoors should visit Lake Murray Water Sport with their entire families which even offers paddleboat rentals and mini golf.

Best time to visit Ardmore: From March to May and September to October for pleasant weather.

These are some of the destinations that you can plan with your family or partner for your next weekend getaway in Oklahoma. From museums to outdoor activities to delicious food, there’s no shortage of fun and exciting diversions from your everyday hustles. So come and enjoy your stay in Oklahoma!

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