No summer is complete until you’ve taken a few trips to water parks in Oklahoma. There’s something about riding waterslides, floating lazy rivers, or dodging waves in the wave pool that makes you feel like a kid again. Whether you go for the kids or you’re still a kid at heart, check out these Oklahoma water parks to take your summer to a whole new level.
Black Mesa State Park and Nature Preserve: Located in Kenton, this 1,600-acre state park is home to Black Mesa, the highest point in the state. This makes it a great spot for stargazing. You can also boat and fish here.
Beavers Bend State Park: This 3,482-acre park is located in Broken Bow. There is a lot to choose from for activities here, from fishing to hiking to horseback riding to float trips. And there is also a gorgeous golf course.
Robbers Cave State Park: Like many parks, this 8,000-acre park in Wilburton is home to a great deal of activities, like hiking, climbing, horseback riding, fishing, and camping. But it also comes with a side of very interesting outlaw history, as it was the hideout for Jesse James and Belle Starr in the late 1800s.
Gage Artesian Beach: Located in Gage, this swimming hole has been popular since oil drillers first came across it in 1917. It was briefly a health resort, but now is just a great swimming hole in Oklahoma.
Turner Falls Park: Head to this 1,500-acre park in Davis to see the tallest waterfall in the state. And if the weather is right, cool off in the natural pool that the waterfall flows into.
Pennington Creek Park: This 15-acre park in Tishomingo is a great spot for swimming in the calm waters of Pennington Creek. You can also camp here.
What are the best family-friendly campgrounds in Oklahoma?
Eagle Bluff Resort: You’ll find this campground over in Tahlequah. One of the many bonuses of staying here is that you can take a float trip on the Illinois River right from here! There is also a playground and basketball and volleyball courts. Bring your tent or RV.
Greenleaf State Park: Located in Braggs, this is a great spot for the kids. Go boating, fish, hike, swim, or sign them up for one of the many children’s programs available. You can bring your RV, put up a tent, or rent a cabin here.