Before you know it, the kids will be out of school and you’ll be looking for activities to keep them busy all summer long. You’re in luck because Oklahoma is filled with more than enough summer recreation to keep a smile on everyone’s face. Grab the sunscreen, water and bug spray and check out these 11 things that you must do underneath the summer sun in the Sooner State.
Travertine Creek - Chickasaw National Recreation Area, 901 West 1st Street, Sulphur, OK 73086
It isn’t the easiest task to find clear, blue water in Oklahoma, but there’s one hidden gem beaming with beautiful sapphire colored water in southern Oklahoma. Travertine Creek in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur is a gorgeous creek that runs through stunning scenery in this national park. The creek is not only beautiful but is a perfect spot to cool off in summer, as it maintains an average of 65 degrees year round.
Safari Joe’s H20 Waterpark - 4707 East 21st Street, Tulsa, OK 74114
Safari Joe’s H20 Waterpark in Tulsa opened up last summer and it’s proving to be a blast! Located in the former Big Splash Waterpark, Safari Joe’s H20 has brought new life and attractions to this Tulsa attraction. Take a relaxing ride down the lazy river, ride Oklahoma’s only water roller coaster, glide down one of three water flumes, ride the waves in the wave pool or enjoy the new reptile attractions.
Great Salt Plains State Park - 23280 South Spillway Drive, Jet, OK 73749
Great Salt Plains State Park in Jet, Oklahoma is the only place in the world where you can dig for hourglass-shaped selenite crystals. Not only can you find these one-of-a-kind treasures here, but you can also enjoy the only lake in Oklahoma that is half saltwater. Grab those shovels and buckets because summer is prime digging season and you’ll want to visit this attraction that's unlike anything else in the world.
Red Rock Canyon State Park - 116 Red Rock Canyon Road, Hinton, OK 73047
Red Rock Canyon State Park is one of Oklahoma’s crown jewels for outdoor enthusiasts. Located near Hinton, Oklahoma in the west central portion of the state, Red Rock Canyon is the place to go for epic hikes, rappelling, camping and exploring the outdoors. The canyon hike at Red Rock is an unrivaled experience everyone should enjoy at least once.
Elephant Rock Nature Park - 22049 East Elephant Rock Road, Tahlequah, OK 74464
Overlooking the beautiful waterways of the Illinois River lies a little oasis in the Ozark woodlands in Tahlequah – Elephant Rock Nature Park. This 210-acre park is the perfect place to go to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The park is full of hiking trails and even has a private entrance to the Illinois River. You can stay overnight at a campsite or rent your very own yurt. It's the perfect summer escape!
Aquapalooza - Southwinds Marina, 28227 South 4535 Road, Bernice, OK 74331
This summer event is put on each year by 360 Grand Lake and is held during the afternoon of the third Saturday in July. This four-hour-long live music event has grown to attract 8,000 to 10,000 people each year. It is held off the shores of SouthWinds Marina in Bernice. Aquapalooza is free and open to the public, and a great way to stay cool in the middle of summer.
Myriad Botanical Gardens - 301 West Reno Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City is the ultimate place to go for an epic outdoor experience. You can enjoy over 17 acres of lush gardens, an urban park, an indoor conservatory, waterfalls and much more. For the ultimate outdoor attraction in the heart of Oklahoma, Myriad Botanical Gardens is the place to go.
Tenkiller State Park -
HCR 68 Box 1095,
Vian, OK 74962
Nestled in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, Lake Tenkiller State Park is a gem in the woodlands of Oklahoma. The lake is a clear water paradise and is surrounded by beautiful thick foliage, rugged cliffs, rolling hills and spectacular views. Lake Tenkiller State Park has become known as "Heaven in the Hills" and once you visit, you’ll see why it’s pure bliss.
Pawnee Bathhouse and Waterpark - Pawnee Lake Road
Pawnee, OK 74058
If you’re looking for the perfect place to cool off this summer, head to the Pawnee Bathhouse and Waterpark in Pawnee, Oklahoma. From sandy beaches to historic architecture to high dives and low dives, this fresh water pool will have you relaxing and enjoying a little slice of heaven right here in Oklahoma.
J.T. Nickel Preserve - Northeast of town,
Tahlequah, OK 74464
The J.T. Nickel Preserve is located near Tahlequah in the Ozarks and comprises 17,000 acres of astounding beauty and environmental protection areas that are filled with spring-fed creeks, forests, woodlands, prairies, wildlife species and so much more. You’ll also find a little geological water park within the area that is a hidden gem in the summer. This unique nature preserve is a one-of-a-kind destination in the Sooner State overlooking the Illinois River and is free for all visitors.
Aqua Park/Wibit at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park - 29365 West Highway 51, Mannford, OK 74044
Located on Keystone Lake, the Aqua Park at Jellystone Park is filled with tons of fun. Jump, climb, slide, fall, walk, swim or do just about any other activity on this massive aqua park. The park just opened last summer and will feature new rides for the 2017 season that opens Memorial Day weekend.