The beauty that surrounds Oklahoma can be found all around in our parks, outdoor settings or man-made habitats. From flowers to wildlife and everything in between, you can find many picture-perfect spots to snap away. Pack your camera and set out to any of these 10 amazing places in the Sooner state for your next photo op:
1. The Will Rogers Gardens: Oklahoma City
Will Rogers Gardens is a 30-acre park in Oklahoma City. It is open year-round and is one of the city’s historic parks. It features the Charles E. Sparks Rose Garden, a 7-acre arboretum and a conservatory with one of the world’s largest collections of cacti. The Will Rogers Garden offers gorgeous vistas throughout its meandering trails and walkways.
2. Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge: Indiahoma
Located in Southwestern Oklahoma, Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is over 59,000 acres and houses a great diversity of species. It is the perfect place to photograph plants, birds, reptiles, amphibians and so much more.
3. Beavers Bend State Park: Broken Bow
The mountains that surround Beavers Bend are absolutely breathtaking. It is located along the shores of Broken Bow Lake and the Mountain Fork River. It is beautiful year-round but the fall colors are spectacular.
4. Philbrook Gardens: Tulsa
The Philbrook Gardens are located at the rear of the property of Philbrook Museum in Tulsa. It contains many native Oklahoma plants, meditative spaces and formal gardens, while flowing with Italian architecture.
5. Lake Hefner: Oklahoma City
Built in northwestern Oklahoma City, Lake Hefner covers 2,500 acres and is bordered by residential housing, a golf course and undeveloped land. The sunrises and sunsets are stunning at Lake Hefner.
6. Talimena National Scenic Byway: Hodgen
This 54-mile breathtaking route will meander you through parts of Oklahoma that are picture-perfect. The fall season is the most popular time to capture Oklahoma's foliage on the byway.
7. Turner Falls Park: Davis
The 77 ft. waterfall at Turner Falls is an Oklahoma favorite. Located in the Arbuckle Mountains, one of the oldest mountains on earth, Turner Falls will keep your camera snapping away.
8. Robbers Cave State Park: Wilburton
There are plenty of photo ops at Robbers Cave State Park, with over 8,200 acres to roam. It is located in the San Bois Mountains in the southeastern part of Oklahoma. Capture many outdoor activities on camera for a rugged theme.
9. Myriad Botanical Gardens: Oklahoma City
This 17-acre urban park is located in the heart of Oklahoma City. The OKC Botanical Gardens house plants from around the world, including tropical collections.
10. Natural Falls State Park: Colcord
Find an endless supply of natural beauty to photograph at Natural Falls State Park. It also contains a 77-ft. waterfall that cascades through rock formations. There is also an array of wildlife and plants to add to your photo roll.
What other places in Oklahoma should we add to this list that are amazing for taking photos?