Tulsa prides itself as an entertainment mecca offering plenty of family-friendly activities. When you want to see even more of Oklahoma, check out ballet and symphony performances in Norman, or partake in lakefront activities in Eufaula. From the Red Rock Canyon State Park in Hinton to fun in the sun in the Boathouse District of Oklahoma City, this great state boasts an abundance of things to do for all ages. When you stay at one of many Tulsa vacation rentals, you’re situated in the heart of exciting outdoor attractions and indoor wonders. Consider taking a weekend trip to visit these towns and cities near Tulsa.
Norman is a popular vacation destination that features a variety of educational attractions and cultural activities. Norman in just under two hours from Tulsa, so it’s easy to start touring the historic architecture of the city right away. Stop in at the Boyd House before touring the Chautauqua and Miller Historic Districts, featuring more than 150 homes dating back to the early 20th century. After your tours, let the kids get wet and wild at Andy Alligator’s Fun Park and Water Park or enjoy the hands-on exhibits at the Discovery Cove Nature Center. Art enthusiasts enjoy viewing the pieces on display at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, while the music lovers navigate to see the Norman Ballet or Norman Symphony Orchestra. When you want to see nature, Lake Thunderbird State Park is the perfect place for biking and hiking.
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Immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock Canyon State Park in Hinton, just two and a half hours from Tulsa. Admire the vibrant red rock walls of the canyons while you hike, and snap some pictures of the historic artifacts along the trails, such as old wagon wheels left behind by early settlers. Learn more about the history of the area with a tour of the Hinton Historical Museum or head over to the Pony Bridge to see the unique architecture of Hinton. If you’re feeling lucky on your weekend getaway, try your hand at the table games and slots at Sugar Creek Casino.
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Travel an hour and a half from Tulsa and find fun in the sun at Eufaula Lake. As the largest lake in the state offering more than 600 miles of shoreline, this body of water attracts locals and tourists seeking to make a splash in the water. Spend your days tubing and swimming before catching a show at Legacy On Main Street Theatre. Pick some fresh fruit on a Saturday morning at Hoepfner’s Kiwi Farm, and enjoy a game of golf at Fountainhead Creek Golf Club that Saturday afternoon. Before retreating to your vacation rental, opt for a night cap and some toe-tapping music at the Rockin Country Bar.
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Turner Falls Park has the largest waterfall in the state, and a two hour and 45-minute drive from Tulsa puts you right in front of the 77-foot waterfall. Take advantage of the cool waters in the swimming holes of this expansive park, or tour the caves in the spring, summer, or fall. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the hiking trails, and a scenic drive through the Arbuckle Wilderness to see the exotic animals. A reservation with Turner Falls Zipline allows you to see the falls from above if you’re seeking even more adventure. Stop in at Bedre Fine Chocolates on your way in or out of town to satisfy your sweet tooth.
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5. Oklahoma City
Find big-city fun just an hour and a half away from Tulsa when booking a vacation rental in Oklahoma City. With more than 250 days of sunshine each year, you can find plenty of outdoor activities in the Boathouse District. Rent kayaks and canoes from Riversport Adventures or skyzip through the air with Riversport Rapids. When you want to soak up the history of the city, spend an afternoon touring the Oklahoma History Center or the American Banjo Museum. Art lovers enjoy browsing the masterpieces at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, which is especially rewarding if you time your weekend getaway to see more than 20 galleries host the First Friday Art Walk. Find even more entertainment when reserving tickets for a performance by the Oklahoma Philharmonic or the Oklahoma Ballet.
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An hour by car or train lands you in Muskogee, a historic city offering fun-filled exploration, especially for the creative type. Start your weekend with a tour of the 3 Rivers Museum to learn about the American West, and then head to the Muskogee Regional Heritage Center to sign up for the Haunted History Trolley Tour. At the Roxy Theater, take in a play or musical performance. Spend a summer weekend getaway making a splash at the River Country Family Water Park or walking through the Georgia-Pacific Butterfly Park, located at Honor Heights Park.
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A vacation rental in Indiahoma gets you up close and personal with wildlife. Located three hours from Tulsa, this city draws in the outdoorsman in all of us to explore the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge that features 59,000 acres with free-range buffalo, elk, deer, and Texas longhorn cattle. Spend your weekend rock climbing or biking in the refuge, or take a guided tour of the Quanah Parker Nature and Visitor Center. When taking a weekend getaway in warmer months, spend an afternoon at the Forty-Foot Hole, a popular waterhole adjacent to the small gorge that houses the Cache Creek. After your outdoor adventures, stop in at Meer’s for some classic American cuisine and crispy onion rings.
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