Oklahoma April 29, 2016
10 Underrated Places In Oklahoma To Take An Out-Of-Towner
Do you find yourself taking your out-of-town guests to the same old places when they visit the Sooner State? If so, we found 10 lesser-known places in the state that your guests will love. Read on to discover where to find these underrated places in Oklahoma.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Tiger Safari Park, Tuttle
Instead of heading to the zoo, try out Tiger Safari - an interactive, exotic zoological park in Tuttle. Visitors can hold exotic animals, view many species of wild animals, or even spend the night in an African Safari Hut.
2. Natural Falls, W. Siloam Springs
Turner Falls receives more notoriety than Natural Falls, but it is just as spectacular with a 77-ft. waterfall. It is less crowded than Turner Falls and with all the hiking trails, picnic spots and falls, it is the perfect place to take out-of-towners.
3. Keystone Ancient Forest, Sand Springs
For an impressive trek, take your friends/family hiking in this ancient forest. Many of the post oak and cedar trees range between 300-500 years old. The National Conservatory said, "It is one of the last great places on earth." You could even spot deer, mountain lions and bobcats along the way. The hike only takes about an hour. Open hiking days are on Saturdays on select dates each year.
For a charming, small town full of Oklahoma history, head to Guthrie's downtown district - the largest Historic Preservation District in the country. You can tour the town on a trolley, shop in the many quaint stores, and stay in one of the many Victorian bed and breakfasts.
5. Black Kettle National Grasslands, Cheyenne
With over 30,000 acres of grassland, Black Kettle is home to an abundance of wildlife. It is a favorite destination for quail hunters as many areas are designated for hunting. Swimming and fishing in the three lakes are other outdoor activities enjoyed by visitors to Black Kettle.
6. Great Salt Plains State Park, Jet
As the most unique state park in Oklahoma, the Great Salt Plains is made up of a vast amount of salt plains left over from an ancient ocean. Digging for Selenite Crystals is a popular activity, as it is the only place in the world to be able to dig for these crystals.
7. Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve, Bartlesville
With over 3,700 acres of beautiful land in Osage Hills, Woolaroc is one of the most unique places to visit in the state. Take a 5-mile drive through a gorgeous portion of the preserve, walk along the nature trails, tour the museum and so much more.
8. Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, Pawhuska
To view the largest protected area of tallgrass prairie on earth (over 39,000 acres) take your guests to Pawhuska. The drive is 50 miles long and will take you about 2 hours as you view all the diverse plants and animals along the way.
9. Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, Spiro
To show your guests some of Oklahoma's Native American history, the Spiro Mounds is an excellent choice. It is the only prehistoric Native American site open to the public in Oklahoma. Because of the enormous amounts of artifacts that were extracted from the mounds, it is one of the most notable American Indian sites in the nation. Special tours are available on select dates.
10. Robbers Cave State Park, Wilburton
For your guests that love the outdoors, Robbers Cave State Park will surely impress them. The park is situated in the San Bois Mountains in southeast Oklahoma and is full of outdoor activities, including trout fishing and rappelling.
What other underrated places should we add to this list?