Forget point A to point B. It’s time for your family to rediscover the fun of the journey, not just the destination. Throw some sunnies and sneakers in a bag, trust your map (or maybe Siri) and chase those pavements this summer! We asked our friends at Adventure Road to share their top road tripping tips for an epic summertime vacay through our northern neighbor, Oklahoma. Whether you’re looking for a kids-free getaway or some fun for the whole family, read on for the right route for you.
1. Family Adventure
No need to spend your life savings on airplane tickets for your traveling tribe. An all-ages adventure starts in your garage. Buckle up those car seats, stock up on snacks and speed your way to the Sooner State.
Get smart in Sulphur
The Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur is the perfect destination to educate your children about Oklahoma’s rich Native American culture. Take in the ceramics and jewelry crafted by the Chickasaw people, or the art on display in the center’s many galleries. Be sure to catch an interactive stomp dance demo in the exhibit center! Your family can have the full experience by tucking into traditional dishes like pashofa and grape dumplings at the onsite café.
Play in Pauls Valley
If you have little ones in tow, a stop at the Toy & Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley is a must. Find beloved characters from Star Wars, the Marvel Series and even some ‘80s toys sure to be a big hit with Dad’s inner child. With over 13,000 action figures, everyone in your crew is sure to find their favorite.
Root for the home team in OKC
Grab your baseball cap and head to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in the state’s capital to cheer on the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers. Your fam can fill up on peanuts and cracker jacks while taking in America’s favorite pastime.
2. Summer Break Adventure
Stop those “I’m bored” comments in their tracks! Once you fill up your tank with gas, you can start filling your calendar with field trips to these summer hotspots.
Zip in Davis
For a bird’s eye view of Oklahoma, buckle up on Davis’ 777 Zip. The seated zipline travels 777 feet in reverse to give you and your crew the very best view of Turner Falls and the Arbuckle Mountains. When you’ve finished your ride, stop by Turner Falls to explore beaches, caves and the state’s largest waterfall.
Splash in Norman
Home to Andy Alligator’s Fun Park and Water Park, consider Norman your cool-down destination. Float down the lazy river, test out your adrenaline on a water slide or enjoy calmer water works at the splash pad. If you’d rather stay dry, take advantage of the mini golf, bumper cars and arcade.
Boat in Oklahoma City
The Boathouse District in Oklahoma City offers waterside excitement in the middle of the city. Grab a kayak, canoe or paddle board and hit the water for some open air fun. If you’re feeling brave, test out the man-made whitewater rapids, which can be adjusted to different levels of intensity.
3. His & Hers Adventure
Sending your kiddos off for a week at summer camp? Take advantage of the chance for some much-needed R&R during the His & Hers Adventure.
Stay in Sulphur
Spend an evening (or two or three) at The Artesian Hotel, a historic boutique hotel built to replicate the original 1906 building, which burned in 1962. Housing a luxurious spa, lively casino, quaint shopping and a relaxing indoor/outdoor pool, it’s the perfect first stop to usher you in to vacation mode.
Sip in Ada
You don’t want to miss Waddell Vineyards in Ada—at least that’s what we’ve heard through the grapevine. Family owned and operated, Waddell Vineyards is home to a vineyard, winery and tasting room. Roll in for $5 tastings, or sign up for a Sip and Swirl paint class, where wine is plentiful and creative juices are always flowing.
Get Cultured in Norman
You don’t have to be a Sooner to enjoy the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, located in Norman on the campus of the University of Oklahoma. Among the 17,000 pieces of art, feast your eyes on pieces from Claude Monet, Vincent Van Goh and Georgia O’Keefe. An added bonus? Admission is free.
Savor in Oklahoma City
A dessert date is the perfect cherry on top of a romantic weekend for two. To end your sweet time in OKC, you simply must stop at Cheever’s Café in Oklahoma City. A flower shop-turned-restaurant, this sweet spot serves up decadent desserts (we’re talking roasted pecan ice cream balls and six-layer carrot cake) and wine in a romantic setting.