Oklahoma is full of magical places. From whimsical castles to hidden waterfalls, the Sooner State is beautiful enough to transport you into a fairy tale. These 15 fascinating spots in Oklahoma are just a few of those magical places:
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1. Jed Tower
An old tower built in the 1930s stands guard over one end of Jed Johnson Lake in the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge. It is the setting of a real life fairy tale.
2. Natural Falls State Park Waterfall
Natural Falls waterfall is one of the two tallest known waterfalls in the state, matching Turner Falls in the Arbuckle Mountains. The waterfall cascades through rock formations, creating a hidden, serene atmosphere at the bottom of a narrow V-shaped valley.
3. Seminary Hall at Northeastern State University
Built in 1889, the Cherokee Female Seminary serves as the centerpiece of Northeastern State University, located in Tahlequah. The building looks like a giant brick fortress.
4. Ouachita National Forest
The Ouachita National Forest covers 1.8 million acres in central Arkansas and southeastern Oklahoma. Ouachita is the French spelling of the Indian word Washita, which means "good hunting grounds." It is the oldest National Forest in the southern United States.
5. Turner Falls Park
The falls are located on Honey Creek in the Arbuckle Mountains in south central Oklahoma. The falls are the crown jewel of the park.
6. Tucker Tower
This building is the most identifiable structure within any of Oklahoma’s state parks and sits on the southern shore of Lake Murray. It is now the Nature Center and offers magical views of the lake.
7. Philbrook Museum Gardens
The Philbrook Museum is a world-class art museum located in Tulsa. The expansive grounds contain elaborate gardens inspired by Villa Lante, an Italian country estate north of Rome designed by Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola in 1566. The gardens are the perfect setting for an enchanting walk.
8. Wichita Mountains
The Wichita Mountians are majestic and span over 59,000-acres in southwestern Oklahoma. A mystical adventure is waiting in the mountains.
9. The Castle of Muskogee
This event facility in Muskogee boasts over 36,000 sq. ft. of Renaissance culture. Walk the enchanted forest behind the castle for a storybook moment.
10. Robbers Cave State Park
Located in the scenic, hilly woodlands of the Sans Bois Mountains of southeast Oklahoma, Robbers Cave State Park and adjoining wildlife management area covers more than 8,000 acres and includes three lakes. The park resembles a magical forest.
11. Travertine Creek
Travertine Creek is located within the Chickasaw National Recreation Area near Sulphur. The Travertine district has been described as an oasis in the Oklahoma prairie, and is a must see on your tour of enchanting places around Oklahoma.
12. Myriad Botanical Gardens
The Myriad Botanical Gardens is a 17-acre botanical garden and interactive urban park located in downtown Oklahoma City. The beautiful grounds will take you on a whimsical adventure.
13. Kiefer Architecture
The castle-looking architecture in Kiefer will have you looking for the princess and "happily ever after."
14. The Union Center at Oklahoma State University
Considered the largest student union in the world, the Oklahoma State University Student Union covers an impressive 543,411 square feet. The pure size and architecture is mesmerizing.
15. Collings Castle
Built in the middle of the Great Depression, this rare Oklahoma castle is located in the middle of Turner Falls Park. The sprawling rock walls feel like a fortress in an enchanted forest.
Which one was your favorite? What other fairy tale spots can we add to this list?