Happy New Year Oklahoma! With so much to do and see in the Sooner State, you might be wondering what should be at the top of your list of things to do in 2016. Well, don’t worry, we found many things to keep you busy this year that you will not want to miss. Here are 19 things you’ll definitely want to add to your bucket list this year:
1. Visit Lake Murray State Park and tour Tucker Tower.
Lake Murray State Park is the oldest and largest state park in Oklahoma. The recently renovated Tucker Tower is a nature center and offers stunning views of the lake and park.
2. Explore Muskogee War Memorial Park.
At the Muskogee War Memorial Park, visitors can explore a World War II legend, the USS Batfish. Unseen and unheard while stalking its prey in, the USS Batfish claimed over 14 kills, including a record breaking three enemy submarines.
3. Attend an Oklahoma City Dodgers game at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The 2016 season starts on April 7th against the Nashville Sounds.
4. Attend a concert or performance at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.
The P.A.C. is jammed packed with events for 2016. Check the schedule for world-class operas, performances and concerts.
5. Take a ride down an exhilarating water slide at White Water Bay.
Oklahoma's largest water adventure park is located in Oklahoma City and has over 30 rides, slides, pools and activities. The 2016 season opens May 21st.
6. Or experience the thrill of a roller coaster.
Frontier City is also located in Oklahoma City and offers over 50 rides and attractions. This western-themed amusement park is a popular attraction in Oklahoma.
7. Visit Oklahoma Amish country.
You can't beat the homemade fudge, butter and cheeses in Amish country.
8. Rent a houseboat and spend the weekend (or week) on Broken Bow Lake.
Sit back and relax on a house boat on the beautiful, clear Broken Bow Lake. Houseboat reservations are filled on a first-come first-serve basis, so book early in the year.
9. Take a tour of an Oklahoma winery.
Many Oklahoma wineries welcome visitors to walk through abundant vineyards, enjoy wine tasting, and even take a winery tour.
10. Hit a round of balls at Oklahoma's one and only Top Golf.
You don't have to be a golfer to enjoy this venue. It is a spectacular place that is a must-see.
11. Go camping in one of Oklahoma's beautiful state parks.
Pictured above is Robber's Cave State Park.
12. And for the animal lovers...watch the pigs being born at the Oklahoma and Tulsa State Fairs.
During the state fairs many piglets are born and it is fascinating if your visit entails the actual birth of them.
13. Descend 300 ft. below the surface of the earth at Alabaster Caverns.
The 200-acre Alabaster Caverns State Park is known for the three-quarter-mile cavern comprised of alabaster, a rare form of gypsum. It is the largest natural gypsum cave in the world that is open to the public.
14. Enjoy a spa weekend at Echo Canyon Spa Resort.
Voted as the best hotel in Oklahoma by MSN in 2015, Echo Canyon Spa Resort provides the finest elegant and romantic accommodations.
15. Try out the exteme sport, flyboarding, at Keystone Lake.
A definite thrill seeker activity that is new to Oklahoma in the past few years. If you don't want to try it, grab a lounge chair and watch the flyboard riders.
16. Visit the world famous Express Clydesdales and take a tour of the barn.
The Express Clydesdale Welcome Center and barn is located in Yukon, Oklahoma, and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 12:30 to 5 p.m. The Express Clydesdales star in some of the world’s most famous parades like Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Tournament of Roses Parade, The Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Kentucky Derby Pegasus Parade.
17. Dine on the 49th floor of the tallest building in Oklahoma (Devon Tower).
The Vast restaurant offers fine dining and cocktails on the 49th floor of the Devon Tower. The views are amazing and worth the experience.
18. Donate a warm coat so everyone can be warm this winter in Oklahoma.
There are many programs in Oklahoma that collect coats and distribute them to those in need. A small gesture of kindness can make a big difference in the lives of others.
19. Go crystal digging in the Great Salt Plains.
Great Salt Plains State Park is one of Oklahoma's most unique state parks. It is covered with a layer of salt deposited long ago by an inland sea. The refuge is the only spot in the world where crystal admirers can dig for hourglass selenite, a rare and fragile form of selenite, which is a form of gypsum. Digging times are available from April 1 through October 15.
If you didn’t see an activity in this list, it might have been mentioned in the “
Oklahoma Bucket List” article. Which one is at the top of your list to do in 2016?