Instead of visiting the same old spots in Oklahoma, try going somewhere new to check out some of Oklahoma’s most underrated places. Whether it be food, museums or natural habitats, these places in the Sooner State will have you wondering why you never frequented them before.
1. Red Slough Wildlife Reserve
Red Slough is located in the southeastern portion of the state and has become one of the hottest recreational destinations for bird watchers and other wildlife enthusiasts in the U.S. Many of these species found at Red Slough do not regularly occur elsewhere in Oklahoma or are rare to the state. The American Alligator can also be spotted in the Red Sough Wildlife Refuge. It is the only documented breeding area for the American Alligator in Oklahoma.
2. Muskogee Azalea Festival
Honor Heights Park in Muskogee hosts the annual Azalea Festival during the month of April. It is one of America’s finest springtime events and is worth the drive to see the blooming azaleas.
3. Eischen's Bar
Visit Oklahoma’s oldest bar in Okarche, Oklahoma. You’ll find some of the best fried chicken ever, a friendly staff and an authentic, hometown atmosphere. The locals know how good it is, but the city crowd is missing out.
4. Greenleaf Lake
Located within Greenleaf State Park (near Braggs, OK), Greenleaf Lake is 930 acres of pure beauty. There is an 18-mile hiking trail that begins inside the park and weaves its way around the lake. The lake is known for clear water and you’ll find plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy for days.
5. Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
This museum in Duncan is devoted entirely to the great cattle-drive era of the 19th century. Enjoy a movie presentation in the Experience Theater, smell the wildflowers of the Oklahoma prairie, listen to a cattle stampede or feel the wind and rain on your face as a storm brews.
6. Medicine Park
Nestled in the Wichita Mountains in southwestern Oklahoma is the vintage, cobblestone resort town, Medicine Park. Step back in time as you stroll the quaint Cobblestone Row filled with shopping, history and small town America. It is surrounded by natural beauty on all sides, water running right through it and the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge right next to it.
7. JL's Bar-B-Q
Founded in 1976, JL's has been providing Green Country and beyond with the best barbecue money can buy. The huge portions and unique flavors are loved by patrons. JL's is located along Hwy 69 in Pryor.
8. H & 8th Night Market
H & 8th Night Market is a monthly, family and pet-friendly street festival in Oklahoma City, built around a lineup of the city’s top gourmet food trucks and live music on the last Friday of each month. There is no cost to attend.
9. Redbud Valley Nature Preserve
The Redbud Valley Nature Preserve is a place of quiet beauty and rugged scenery. They have plants and animals that aren’t found anywhere else in northeastern Oklahoma.
10. Route 66 Museum
For the ultimate Route 66 experience, visit the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton, OK. The museum’s galleries were recently redesigned in 2012 to offer visitors a personal journey through the history of the nation’s most revered highway. Encounter the iconic ideas, images and myths of the Mother Road. Learn about the dreams and labor needed to make the road a reality. Experience the Dust Bowl as thousands streamed along the road, away from drought and despair and towards the “land of promise.”
11. Mountain Fork River
Mountain Fork River is hailed as the best whitewater stream in Oklahoma and has the best trout fishing anywhere in the surrounding region. The river flows through a portion of the Ouachita National Forest and the scenery is breathtaking.
12. Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve
Woolaroc was established in 1925 as the ranch retreat of oilman Frank Phillips. The ranch is a 3,700 acre wildlife preserve, home to many species of native and exotic wildlife, such as buffalo, elk and longhorn cattle. Woolaroc is also a museum with an outstanding collection of western art and artifacts, Native American material, one of the finest collections of Colt firearms in the world, and so much more.
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