The beauty that surrounds Oklahoma is diverse, breathtaking and sometimes right in your own backyard. Whether you’re a nature lover or prefer to stay indoors, these spots will help you relax, get inspired and enjoy yourself. Here are 11 hidden gems in the Sooner state.
1. Little Sahara State Park
Named for its resemblance to the Sahara Desert, Little Sahara is located in northwest Oklahoma. With over 1,600 acres of sand dunes, you will have a blast riding ATV's or dune buggies.
2. Quartz Mountain Lodge
Southwest Oklahoma's premier destination is located on Lake Altus in the Wichita Mountains.
3. Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Located in the Arbuckle Mountains, Chickasaw is the oldest national park in Oklahoma. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy all the fun outdoor activities.
4. Science Museum Oklahoma
Let your inner-child run wild in this hands-on science museum in Oklahoma City. This family-friendly museum houses over eight acres of exhibits and a unique IMAX theatre experience.
5. The Artesian Hotel, Casino & Spa
This one-of-a-kind hotel located in Sulphur, OK boasts of modern luxury. Offering a world-class spa, casino and shopping, The Artesian is a gem in south central Oklahoma.
6. Lake Murray
The crystal clear spring fed water is another oasis in south central Oklahoma. This area is breathtaking and offers several outdoor activities and a state park.
7. Myriad Botanical Gardens
Hidden in downtown Oklahoma City, this urban park is 17 acres and houses a tropical conservatory that has exotic animals, waterfalls and tropical plants.
8. Honey Springs Battlefield
This Civil War battlefield is a unique historical site that would make any history buff elated. This battle was the largest military fight to have ever occurred in Oklahoma.
9. Glover River
The pristine waters of this un-commercialized river run freely in the southeast corner of the state.
10. Great Salt Plains Park
Most people are unaware of this unique state park in northwest Oklahoma. It is the only place in the world where you can find hourglass shaped selenite crystals. Rock enthusiasts travel from all over the world to see the crystals.
11. The Brady Arts District
As one of the oldest sections of Tulsa, this eclectic area has something for everyone. The district is diverse in its collection of restaurants, retail, bars, museums and art.
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