Known for its rich pioneer history and sweeping landscapes — from the Great Plains to numerous lakes and forests — Oklahoma provides a wonderful slice of Americana for visitors and residents alike. If you’re planning a romantic weekend getaway, Oklahoma has something for everyone, whether you’re a pair of avid outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy fishing and nature walks, or a couple of history buffs interested in Western heritage with a love for country music. Depending on which city you visit, Oklahoma vacation rentals include rustic cabins, quaint lake homes, and luxury accommodations that overlook the downtown areas. Moreover, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy and entertained. To help you choose the perfect location for a sweethearts’ mini-vacation, here are the top eight romantic weekend getaway spots in Oklahoma.
1. Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City is Oklahoma’s capital and the largest city in the state, making it a great option if you’re looking for a romantic weekend vacation rental in close proximity to dining, live entertainment, shopping, and more. Best known for its “Cowboy Culture,” the city offers hints of the Old West at every turn, from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum to the working oil wells that surround the capitol complex. The Myriad Botanical Gardens make an ideal place for a date, thanks to an abundance of lovely flowers and greenery, as well as on-site botany classes. During the winter months, Devon Ice Rink offers open outdoor skating sessions, and the Bricktown area of downtown glows with holiday lights.
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Surrounded by the clear waters of Boomer Lake, Stillwater is the 10th-largest city in Oklahoma, and it maintains a sense of small-town charm. From beautiful historic architecture in the downtown area to a thriving “Red Dirt” music scene, Stillwater has a little something for everyone. Start off your romantic weekend with a picnic and a swim at Boomer Lake, then take in an acoustic music show at Eskimo Joe’s Bar and Grill. For an adrenaline-fueled adventure, visit the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum, then end your day with an intimate dinner at Da Vinci’s Italian Restaurant.
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3. Broken Arrow
Broken Arrow is located in Northeast Oklahoma in the Green Country Region, boasting lush greenery, swooping hills, lakes, and nature areas. Ideal for nature lovers, Broken Arrow sits just minutes from Ray Harrell Nature Park, one of Oklahoma’s hidden gems that’s often referred to as an “oasis” due to its beautiful butterfly population, abundance of birds, and breathtaking scenery. Take a romantic stroll through the preserve, then head into the town center for a show at the Broken Arrow Community Playhouse. For a delicious daytime excursion, the Blue Bell Ice Cream Factory hosts factory tours, where guests learn about the ice cream-making process and finish the tour with an all-you-can-eat ice cream feast.
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Muskogee is located on the Arkansas River and just minutes from Honor Heights Park, which houses the Five Civilized Tribes Museum and plenty of walking trails surrounded by gorgeous natural scenery. Rich in history, Muskogee is also home to Muskogee War Memorial Park, where you’ll find an authentic WWII submarine on display. The city’s close proximity to the river makes it a great romantic getaway spot if you’re a couple who enjoys fishing and other outdoor activities, and the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame sits in the center of town if you’re interested in the local music scene. For a cozy romantic meal in a welcoming, home-spun environment, visit the Amish Country Store and Restaurant, and be sure to grab some baked goods to bring back to your vacation rental.
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Bixby is a quiet Tulsa suburb that sits surrounded by Lake Bixahoma, with beautiful waterfront views and vacation rental cabins just minutes from the water. Wake up early and take a romantic hike through Lake Bixhoma Park, then take advantage of the park’s outdoor grills and have a picnic at the covered picnic area. For a day of antiquing, take a short trip over to South Memorial Drive and check out Bird’s Eye Treasures and Southern Road Vintage Market.
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Jenks sits along the Arkansas River, with vacation rentals just minutes from Riverwalk Crossing, a bustling area with antique shops, restaurants, and live entertainment. Take a romantic stroll through the promenade, then visit the Oklahoma Aquarium, home to thousands of fresh and saltwater fish species. During the spring, the city hosts the Jenks Herb and Plant Festival, where you can pick up fresh ingredients for an intimate meal or purchase a lovely flower bouquet for your sweetheart. If you’re looking for the perfect spot to share some wine and fondue in an intimate setting, book a table at The Melting Pot restaurant.
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Guthrie is a charming city with a small-town feel and some of the most beautiful historic architecture in all of Oklahoma. The downtown area is impeccably restored to preserve the area’s history, and you can even take a trolley tour for a close-up view of buildings that date back to the 1800s. While touring the downtown area, pop into the Oklahoma Frontier Drugstore Museum to check out authentic artifacts and sit at the same luncheon counter as drugstore patrons from yesteryear. Before you head back to your vacation rental, grab a meal at Katie’s Diner, a beloved local establishment with old-fashioned charm.
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8. Broken Bow
The town of Broken Bow is home to Broken Bow Lake, with vacation rentals just a few minutes from the shoreline. Ideal for couples who enjoy the outdoors, Broken Bow has plenty to offer in terms of recreation, gorgeous scenery, and small town charm. Rent a boat from Beavers Bend Marina and spend some quality time on the lake, then head over to the Moon Tower Bar and Grill for an authentic crawfish boil. For a romantic afternoon, visit Riverman Trail Rides and Stables for a little horseback riding.
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