Oklahoma Day trips
As I am planning out my summer activities, I wanted share a few Oklahoma day trips to add to your summer bucket list! Many of these locations I have visited myself or have on my own agenda to visit this summer! Come take a trip with me!
Stillwater Day Trip:
As a graduate of OSU, Stillwater has a special place in my heart! We visit Stillwater every summer and this schedule has worked really well for us to leave Tulsa by 8ish and be back by 5:00 p.m. This schedule could work great for Oklahoma City travelers as well!
Our first stop is always OSU’s campus. It is beautiful to walk around and there are a few areas for the kids to play. You only need about 30-45 minutes, so it’s just a nice little break before you get to my favorite spot to visit!
The next stop on our tour is Lost Creek Safari. Love, love, love this place and cannot say enough great things about it! (It’s even Trip Advisor’s #2 destination in Stillwater – after OSU football! – so you don’t just have to take my word for it!)
First thing to know, is that the hours aren’t just drop in. If you go on a weekday, you HAVE to make a reservation. Some weekends have reservations and some are come and go. You can get all the reservation updates on their Facebook page here.
The zoo is completely interactive and sooooo amazingly clean. During your tour, you get to touch, feed and interact with kangaroos, zebras, camels, monkeys, cats, goats, turtles and so much more!
We have been every summer for the past three years and it is something I look forward to as much as my kids.
The owners are so wonderful and love their animals so much. It is also affordable – $8 for adults, $5 for children and an additional $5 if you want to feed the animals.
The whole tour takes about an hour and a half, and when we’re done, we are hungry! After the tour, grab lunch at the original Hideaway (I swear their pizza tastes different at this location). You can get a mini pizza starting at $4 and then walk across the street to the Marble Slab for dessert!
Finish your afternoon off at OK Wondertorium, an interactive children’s play museum! They have art and water stations, a little store, a pretend hospital and more! It’s such a fun way for kids to let their imaginations go wild. I would say the best age for this stop is 2 – 9, but check the calendar for their activities for older kids!
Pawhuska/Bartlesville Day Trip
If you haven’t been to the Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Pawhuska, it’s worth a trip! I would leave Tulsa around 9:30 a.m., which would put you there around 10:30. Go ahead and either get in line for lunch or shop a minute and then get in line. I highly recommend her Best Grilled Cheese Ever. It was delicious.
After lunch, shop around and hop upstairs for a little snack for the road!
The next stop on my day tour would be Woolaroc. It is about 30 minutes from the Mercantile by Bartlesville. I have lived in Oklahoma for 23 years before I had ever been to Woolaroc and was blown away. It was so nice!
When you get there, the first stop is Mountain Man Camp. There are horses all around, you can throw tomahawks, tour teepees and more.
After that, you take a drive to the back of the property where you will see Buffalo, deer, elk, cattle, etc. from your car until you arrive at the museum. There is a playground for kids and a petting zoo as well.
The museum is great for both kids and adults (though with kids you might not get a lot of time to really take it all in), but there is a replica pioneer house, beautiful artwork, and so much about the Native American heritage and the Phillips family.
I will say, you will not want to go here hungry. The food leaves A LOT to be desired, so make sure you have enough treats from the Mercantile to tide you over until dinner.
If you have small kids, you will want to head back towards Bartlesville to go to the Kiddie Park. I would say this is perfect for kids ages 2-7. There are little bitty amusement park rides for only a quarter each! So it is so fun for them and super inexpensive. The only downside is that it doesn’t open until 7:00 p.m….so, go grab some dinner before. I have heard great things about Frank and Lola’s or there’s always The Hideaway!
Things to Do in Muskogee, OK
A few years ago we went to the Muskogee River Country Water Park. It’s a really small water park, but has activities for all ages – a large kiddie water pool for little ones and a lazy river, pool and water slides for bigger kids.
The park doesn’t open until 11:00 and is about a 45 minute drive from Tulsa, so on the way into town you may want to hit up the Peach Barn for a mid-morning snack. I have this on my bucket list for this summer and am dying to go. I hear the fried peach pies are the most amazing thing ever. You don’t have to ask me twice!
Another short stop on your trip to Muskogee is Honor Heights Park. During the summer there is a Butterfly House where you get to view different species of butterflies along with other beautiful views at the park!
Oklahoma City Day Trip
I have been to Oklahoma City a million times, but have never taken my kids. This summer we are going to leave Tulsa around 8:30 and head to Tuttle, OK to tour the Braum’s Family Farm. From there, we will head to either the Oklahoma City Zoo or Science Museum of Oklahoma and end our day at Pops! All of this will be new to me (except Pops), so I will report back on our favorites!
Bentonville Day Trip
Okay, so I know Bentonville, AR isn’t in Oklahoma, but it is a really short two hour drive from Tulsa, so I wanted to include it because it’s a day full of fun!
We recently did this whole day leaving at 8:00 and getting to Bentonville around 10ish and getting home around 6. We first hit up the Amazeum, which is the huge children’s museum there. Our first stop was the Hershey food experiment lab and then let the kids explore the rest of the morning.
The museum has tons for the kids to do – water exhibits, art, music, a pretend store, climbing, science experiments and more. It really is amazing. However, let it be known, my inner germphobe was DYING. So, if you are someone who is afraid of germs, pack your hand sanitizer (and hand sanitizing wipes) because you are doing to need them.
For lunch we left the museum and went to Crepe Paulette’s. I had eaten at their food truck before and now they have a physical location. My favorite part was the cinnamon roll crepe. So good.
After lunch we went to the Walmart Museum before getting back in the car and heading toward the Wild Wilderness Safari Drive Thru in Gentry, AR. The name is a little misleading because they have a ton of animals that you can get out of the car and see. The drive-thru part takes about 45 minutes to an hour to see all the animals. I loved it! There are tons of animals – zebras, lions, dear, hippos, and more! It is about 30 minutes from Bentonville and about an hour and a half from Tulsa. We arrived around 3 and got home around 6 p.m.
Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum
Another quick getaway is to the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum in Seminole. We left Tulsa for this trip at about 8:30 in the morning and got home at about 3:30. It has many activities similar to the Amazeum, just on a smaller scale. Kids can pretend grocery shop, work as doctors, dentists, judges and pilots and there are lots of interactive exhibits! My biggest piece of advice is to pack a lunch! Or plan on lunch at Braum’s. Ha! My daughter and nieces had a great time!
Fun Things to Do in Tulsa in the Summer
Lastly, I thought I would share some of my favorite things to do in Tulsa in the summer:
Tulsa Botanic Garden: No matter the season, I love going out to Tulsa Botanic! I will say, it is definitely best to go on a nice day because it isn’t shady, but the flowers are beautiful and I absolutely love how the kids get to interact in the children’s garden. If you haven’t gone, you definitely need to go this summer!
Bentley Park: Okay, so this is a bit of a haul if you are in mid-town Tulsa, but worth the drive. The park has an AMAZING splash pad and doesn’t open super late like the Tulsa splash pads do. They also have an enormous playground, so my kids go back and forth between the huge slide and splash pad for hours!
Blueberry Picking: So this is funny. Last summer my sister and I were going to meet one morning to blueberry pick. We got the kids to the destination and she called me and asked where I was. I told her I was there. She said she was too….then we realized we were at two different blueberry patches. Haaaa! I have only been to Endicott Farms. My sister only to Thunderbird. I can only speak to Endicott, but my kids have a blast picking berries!
Tulsa Library’s Connor’s Cove: Connor’s Cove is the auditorium at the Hardesty Library out south. Sign up for the newsletter and you will get emailed all of the fun programs that they put on there for kids during the summer!
I will continue to update this as I think of other favorites, but I would love to hear your recommendations! Please share in the comments below!